Itineraries in Rome - La Dolce Vita
Itineraries in Rome - La Dolce Vita ( following in the footsteps of Fellini )
From Via Veneto, one of the most famous and elegant streets in the world, like the Champs Elysees in Paris or New York's Fifth Avenue, we begin our journey.
It was here, in the 1960s, that Fellini, the great director, immortalised international society with the film "La Dolce Vita". still today,Â amongÂ the exclusive cafes and hotelsÂ frequented by film stars andÂ indiscreet paparazzi.
Along the way we visit the ancient ossuary of theÂ Capuchin FriarsÂ in the Church of Santa Maria della ConcezioneÂ and stop to do some shopping among the many windows of the Fashion Shops. At the end of the long descent, Piazza Barberini opens up.
In the centre of the large square is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome - the Triton Fountain, an extraordinary Bernini masterpiece where Neptune stands supported by his dolphins.
On the nearby Via delle Quattro Fontane stands the Palazzo Barberini, one of the most important examples of Roman Baroque built by Bernini and Borromini.
The palace houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art, with important works such as Raphael's famous Fornarina.
Descending from Via del Tritone, we stop for a little relaxation and a coffee atÂ Planet Hollywood.Â Walking along some characteristic narrow streets we suddenly see, in all its marble beauty, the masterpiece of Nicolà² Salvi: the Trevi Fountain. It is here that la Dolce Vita,Â with the image of Anita Eckeberg in the centre of the fountain, between the Neptune and the two Tritons, had its triumph. As is tradition, we throw a coin into the waters of the Fountain to make sure we 'return to Rome'.
We reach Piazza Colonna, with at its centre
the Column of the same name erected by the Senate of Rome to commemorate the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
The Piazza is overlooked by the seat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
We pass by the Palazzo di Montecitorio, seat of Parliament, to reach
The Pantheon , one of the best preserved Roman monuments.