To experience Rome you must begin at its very heart. Starting from the 5-star Boscolo Exedra Roma you'll walk out each day into the Piazza della Republica, where you'll have ready access to the Baths of Diocletian and Michelangelo's Basilica of Santa Maria de Angeli. With a subway stop in the Piazza, you are within easy reach of the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, the Vatican and the Termini Station - and your choices for seeing the sites or taking a day trip via train (both Naples and Florence are possible day trips) are limitless.
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In the heart of the eternal city, the hotel traces its origins to the large semi-circle inside the baths area of imperial Rome on top of which the modern Piazza della Repubblica was laid out. History surrounds you with the basilica dedicated to Maria Regina degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo for pope Pius IV in 1561, in view from the from the hotel’s large terrace. Surrounded by fashion boutiques, bars and restaurants, the Exedra is right next to Repubblica Metro Station. Roma Termini Train Station is 1700 ft. away allowing for easy access to Rome’s many attractions.
Set in an impressive white marble building from the 1800s The Boscolo Exedra offers La Frusta, a restaurant designed by Adam Tihany, Tazio Brasserie with snapshots of Tazio Secchiaroli, the forefather of paparazzi photography and a champagne bar with cascading crystal chandeliers. The hotel's Exedra Wellness Spa offers chromotherapy and revitalizing and purifying herbal teas and massages. Saunas, steam baths, a solarium and spa tubs offer relaxing retreats. The spa adjoins a rooftop pool that offers panoramic views of the city. The hotel's 236 guestrooms afford views of the Piazza della Repubblica or the Monti surroundings. Private bathrooms all feature marble walls, floors and counters. Room amenities include satellite television and dial-up Internet access.
With a history that spans 2,500 the capital city of Italy deserves its nickname of "the Eternal City." Rome's historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Vatican Museums and Roman Colosseum are among the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations. The rest of the city serves up the visual treats of ruins, fountains, palaces, churches, basilicas and other monuments in addition to all you'd expect in a modern metropolis.
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The famous elliptical amphitheater sits in the heart of ancient Rome just east of the Foro Romano. Considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, the theater seated 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It's the iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
Arco di Costantino
This triumphal arch between the Coliseum and Palatine Hill was erected in 315 AD to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.
In the center of Rome, the Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza that is surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. For centuries this was the center of public life and the seat of the most powerful government in the world. Although entrance is free, it is suggested you purchase an audio guide in order to understand the hundreds of ruins in this area.
The Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1538, is the main attraction at Capitoline Hill. One of the famous seven hills of Rome, the English word "capitol" actually derives from Capitoline. Today, there are a few ancient ground-level ruins here, most of which are almost entirely covered up by medieval and Renaissance palaces that now house the Capitoline Museums, a group of archeological museums.
The Vatican City
Packed with more history and artwork than most cities in the world, The Vatican is the center of Catholicism and its own sovereign city-state in a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Over 70 million people visit The Vatican City each year to walk through St. Peter's Basilica and Square and The Vatican Museum, home to the Sistine Chapel.
St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza di San Pietro
St. Peter's Square is a grand, elliptical plaza boasting 284 Doric columns and a central obelisk that was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 AD. But the focal point is St. Peter's, the largest Christian church in the world and mother church of the Roman Catholic faith. Don't miss the artworks by Italy's greatest artists inside including those by Raphael and Michelangelo.
The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museum is the largest museum complex in the world, with a collection of art that spans 3,000 years. Most famous is the Sistine Chapel, decorated with Michelangelo's frescos, but there are countless treasures on display. The museum is so massive and popular it's organized so visitors follow a one-way route.
The only building from ancient Rome that has survived intact is the Pantheon, built in 27 BC. The 142-foot-wide and 142-foot-high building takes the shape of a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder, and is among the architectural wonders of the world. Since the Renaissance, the Pantheon has been used as a burial place for important Italians, and artist Raphael and two Italian kings are among those buried here.
Upscale cafes ring this lively plaza and meeting spot, but the focal point is three lavish fountains that were the pride of Baroque Rome. At the center is the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, while the southern end has the Fontana del Moro with four Tritons, and at the northern end is the Fontana del Nepttuno. The plaza is a great place to sit and watch street performers as you enjoy a cappuccino or some gelato.
Fontana di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the entire world. Legend has it if visitors throw a coin into the fountain they will return to Rome, and some say two coins will lead to a new romance, and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. An estimated 3,000 euros (upward of $4,000) are thrown into the fountain each day.
Scalinato di Spagna and Piazza di Spagna
The 135 "Spanish Steps" climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and the Trinitá dei Monti church at the top. The widest staircase in Europe, the stairs were built in the early 18th century to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy with the church located above. The Piazza di Spagna often hosts concerts and is famous for its Baroque fountain, Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the Old Boat") that is credited to Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.