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It is said that all roads lead to Rome. At the heart of civilization, Rome is where art, architecture and history combine with a modern style and culture to create La Dolce Vita, the sweet life. It is a city made for walking, exploring, experiencing. Whether you wish to eat gelato while people watching on the Spanish Steps, window shop along the Via Condotti or sip an espresso in the Piazza de Popolo, venturing out during a 6-night stay at the 4-star Santa Costanza Hotel will make your daily excursions simple.
At the Santa Costanza you will be within easy reach of the beautiful Borghese Gardens, the Teatro dell’Opera, the Via Veneto and Santa Maria Maggiore. Or hop on the nearby M Line metro and you are a 10 minute ride from the heart of the city and such must-see sites as the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel as well as many other beautiful and historic sites.
This well-appointed 4 star superior hotel provides the perfect match of being near the buzzing center or Rome while being located in a quiet suburban section of this amazing city. The 74 air-conditioned bedrooms are en-suite of course, and also feature mini-bar, telephone, satellite TV, flat-panel TVs, free Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, hairdryer and more. Hotel amenities include concierge services, dry-cleaning/laundry service, available Limo or Town Car service, currency exchange and many other comforts to afford the most discerning traveler a superior experience.
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Hotel Santa Costanza is in north-eastern Rome, a 10 minute walk from Bologna Metro Station. The Santa Costanza is next to a bus stop, providing quick services to Rome Termini Station in 10 minutes.
It enjoys good bus services to Termini Station and has free Wi-Fi. Rooms are simply decorated and feature either wood or light-colored furniture, artwork and mostly hardwood floors. Facilities include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a complete private bathroom. A rich breakfast buffet including traditional Italian coffee, homemade cake and croissants is available every morning. Free tea and coffee are available at the front desk. The staff is available 24 hours a day and can recommend sights in the surrounding area and organize city tours.
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 Colosseum 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.