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Rome is wonderful and immense. It alway was and still is Caput Mundi. What can I advise my guests so that they feel already here, in the center of the Eternal City? A simple and extraordinary journey to Via del Corso the address of their suite.

It 's my favorite walk from ,Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo, from the Altar of the Fatherland to the masterpieces of Caravaggio. 1,500 meters long, every day I see more than 2000 years of history, and they are beautiful buildings, museums, churches, and of course the Avenue itself, during the time of theEmperor Augustus it was called the "Via Lata." In 1466 Pope Paul II decided to celebrate the feast of Carnival, and in particular the Arabian horse race here, all along this Avenue, the ùavenue took its name from this and has retained it ever since, even after the abolition of the horse racing in 1883.

May I introduce you to your "neighbours"? Meaningfully, the fifth monumental of Piazza Venezia, the Altar of the Fatherland, from its terrace you can enjoy a spectacular view over the whole city. To the left side of the hotel, Palazzo Bonaparte, the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's mother.

Shall we continue? In front and to the right of the Hotel you can admire the masterpieces of the Galleria Doria Pamphili, with one of the most valuable art collections in Rome. Only a few more steps further and you are right in front of the magnificent Piazza Colonna - the name of the Column of Marcus Aurelius, built back in 192 AD. Then on to the Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Italian government. Turn left and in no more than a moment you will arrive at the Pantheon.

If you want to continue with me, we then reach the intersection with Via Condotti stop for a little 'shopping’ or stop for a Coffee at the Caffè Greco - the Greek coffee shop? Then what? Then, we continue on to arrive in front of the breathtaking Piazza del Popolo. To your left Caffè Rosati. This is world famous and for those who saw and love the film "Roman Holiday" you will remember Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck sitting at these very tables. Diagonally across on the opposite side, rises the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, two of the most amazing works of Caravaggio are found right here. Now? Well, I must go back to the hotel, but you can continue to enjoy all the beautiful spectacles Rome has to offer.

Natalino Gisonna
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Trevi Fountain

In Italian  "Tre vie" means three roads, so the name of the fountain comes from the three roads that come together at the busy Piazza di Trevi.
The fountain has recently been restored to its former grandeur.
The Trevi Fountain celebrated the reopening of several of ancient Rome's aqueducts in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
The central figures are Neptune flanked by two Tritons. One struggles to master a very unruly sea horse, the other leads a far more docile animal. These symbolize the two contrasting moods of the sea.
One of the most celebrated scenes in Italian cinematic history must be the moonlight dip taken by the enchanting Anita Ekberg in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita".
Romantics toss a coin over their shoulder, thinking it will grant them a wish and assure their return to Rome. Every week thousands of euros are collected from the fountain and given to the charity Caritas who use it to buy food and clothes for people in need.

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SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus)

The Roman Senate and People.
After defeating Tarquin, the last Roman king, the people started a new type of government; a Republic.
As a publicity and propaganda campaign, engraved into marble, wrought or emblazoned, the official identifier for drain covers and much more stands for the Senate and the People of Rome.
Today SPQR is still the municipal symbol of the city of Rome.

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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

This square owes its name to the fact that Spain chose it as the location for its embassy to the Holy See.
Travelers come here in search of knowledge and artistic inspiration.
The fontana della Barcaccia is a masterpiece by Bernini. He constructed a fountain ine the square which represents a leaking boat in a shallow pool; barcaccia means a useless, old boat that lies half submerged.
The wide, curving staircase is one of Rome's iconic sights.
The Spanish steps consists of 138 steps leading sharply up from Piazza di Spagna, forming a butterfly shape as they fan out around a central terrace. The design culminated at the top in an obelisk framed by two baroque church towers.
The areas surrounding Piazza di Spagna, at the base of the Spanish steps, are the most famous shopping districts for the big global brands.  

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Palazzo Valentini (150 metres from Corso 281)

This historic palace, a few metres from Piazza Venezia, the Forum and the Baths of Trajan, has been the seat of Rome's provincial administration.
A Major excavation project revealed a group of senatorial villas buried beneath it.
It's one of the finest archeological sites to come to light in recent years; an astonishing sight, with a beautiful mosaic floor, the remains of walls and frescoes.
The multimedia museum inside the building has recreated the past with virtual reconstruction, videos and graphics. Visitors can see rooms, peristyles, baths, kitchens, walls, furnishings and decoration brought back to life, taking a virtual tour of a great Domus of ancient Rome.

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The Espresso

The espresso is a ritual. No self- respecting barista fails to know every detail of what's going on in the neighborhood, skillfully becoming the confidant, confessor and friend of regulars; able to spot at a glance everyone's tics, obsessions and habits.
Around the espresso coffee cup, deals are made, love affairs are born, friendships are reinforced or restored.
The bar counter is Rome's true public square and the stage for mid-morning and post-lunch breaks.
Ristretto (short) or lungo (long), the perfect formula is with a dense, even cream, free of bubbles or holes, with notes of citrus, chocolate and honey, creating a perfect balance of bitterness and acidity on the palate.
For purist, espresso is not something to be sullied with sugar.