Rome is undoubtely one of the most romantic cities in the world, and a lot of its charm lies in the amazing views it offers from the famous 7 hills. Today we are going to conquer 2 of them, experiencing Rome from an unexpected point of view: from the top!
We’ll start with the Aventine Hill, considered the lovers’ hill in Rome: on the slopes of it, you can see the Rose Garden of the city. It will make you dizzy with the sweet perfume of over a thousand species of roses, and it offers an incredible view of the Circus Maximus, as well as of the massive ruins of the Emperors’ Palace on Palatine Hill.
As we walk up the Aventine, you’ll come to understand why this is the most exclusive and elegant residential area of Rome: parks, villas and beautiful medieval churches dot the hill . At the Park of the Orange Trees you’ll discover the secret of one of the best loved beauty spots in Rome, that is the special view it offers of the dome of St. Peter’s…
After visiting Santa Sabina, a fine early Christian church and a favourite for weddings, we’ll walk down to the Mouth of Truth, where you’ll be amused by the throngs of would-be Audrey Hepburns lining up to take a picture in the exact same pose the actress struck in the evergreen classic A Roman Holiday.
Following backroads that will make you discover some amazing hidden corners of the city, we’ll reach Capitol Hill, where a short climb will reward us with a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
The hill, once considered to be the very heart of the Roman Empire, houses the City Hall as well as the oldest public museum in the world: the Capitoline Museums. But its main claim to fame is the beautiful Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, with the statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius in the centre, and the star-design on the floor. You can see the same design, which is the symbol of the Eternal City, in our logo! This is also where you can find the statue of the she-wolf, linked to the legend of the twins Romulus and Remus who founded the city.
Getting to Piazza Venezia, we’ll gape at the bombastic monument to King Viktor-Emanuel II, the one who unified Italy in 1861. This landmark sticks out a mile in the urban landscape, leading locals to call it a multitude of names: the wedding-cake, the typewriter, the king’s false teeth… We will walk up the steps to the gigantic statue of the king, and then ride the elevator located on the backside of the building to the very top.
This is were you’ll have all of Rome spread out at your feet, and where on a clear day you can even see the mountains farther off. No wonder they call this “Rome from the sky”, it really feels as if you are gliding over the city as you immerse yourself in a 360° view of Rome. On this tour, you’ll camera will have a hard time keeping up with all there is to capture!