Our itinerary starts from Pincio and Villa Medici nearby, the headquarters of the French Academy.
A few steps from here lead us to the Trinità dei Monti church, one of the five French churches in Rome, consecrated in 1585. In front of it stands a Roman copy of Sallustiano obelisk. Egyptian granite from the original obelisk in Piazza del Popolo was used for its construction. Today we can only enjoy one of the most fascinating staircases in the world.
At the foot of the staircase, the Barcaccia by Pietro Bernini awaits us and we happily take a break in Caffè Greco on Via dei Condotti, one of the oldest bars in the city which opening dates back to 1760.
We return to Piazza di Spagna refreshed and following along towards the right, we admire the palace of the Congregazione di Propaganda Fide, a large building that occupies an entire block and looks over the square; the building bears the imprint of two architects whose rivalry has remained proverbial: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini.
To finish off the morning, you can’t miss a visit to the nearby church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.
The afternoon begins at the elegant Piazza di Pietra, an outdoor “living room” enclosed on one side by the columns of the Temple of Hadrian.
Our day ends in Piazza Navona. The current layout of the square imitates the Stadium of Domitian, built around the year 86 AD. The stadium, the only public one in ancient Rome, was intended for athletic games and therefore the arena proved to be, unlike the circuses, free. The buildings that make up Piazza Navona were built on the structures of the cavea. It is a square that everyone knows, an area for meetings in the city; where now you’re also able to visit the underlying Stadium.