ROME — East of Via del Corso

Stretching from Stazione Termini and San Lorenzo in the east to Via del Corso in the west. This area also covers two of Rome’s hills — the Esqiline and the Quirinal. This is a busy part of town but not the most visually attractive.

The sights found here are:
Basilica di San Clemente
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Chiesa di Santa Prassede
Galleria Colonna
Trevi Fountain

Basilica di San Clemente
This 12th century church is literally multi-layered. It was built over a 4th century church which was built over a 1st century Roman house. There are some beautiful mosaics inside the church.
You can find more information on the website at http://www.basilicasanclemente.com

Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
People come to this church to see St Peter’s chains and Michaelangelo’s enormous but unfinished Tomb of Pope Julius 11. The legend attached to the chains is that the church was built to house them but they were sent away and when they arrived back in Rome they were in two pieces but when reunited they miraculously joined together. They are found under the altar.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
This church is one of the five great ancient basilicas of Rome and is considered to be the most beautiful after St Peter’s. It is decorated with magnificent frescos and the mosaics are just wonderful.

Chiesa di Santa Prassede
You will find this church nearby the Santa Maria Maggiore. It is a 9th century basilica with beautiful Byzantine mosaics in the apse and filling a side chapel. You will also find a piece of the scourging column of Christ, brought from Constantinople in the Middle Ages; relics from the catacombs in the crypt and a monument by a 17 year old Bernini.

Galleria Colonna
This gallery is part of the Palazzo Colonna, home to one of Rome’s leading noble families, the Colonnas. The gallery contains a famous collection of pictures originally founded by Cardinal Girolamo Colonna and is one of the largest private art collections in Rome. There are some beautiful ceiling frescos as well as works of art by Giovanno Coli; Filippo Gherardi; Sebastiano Ricci; Guiseppe Bartolomeo Chiari; Salavator Rosa; Guido Reni and Guercino. Of note is the painting The Bean Eater by Annibale Carracci.
For more information visit the website at http://www.galleriacolonna.it

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
This would have to be the most famous and possibly the most beautiful fountain in Rome. A magnificent baroque work designed by Nicola Salvi, it depicts Neptune’s chariot led by Tritons with sea horses. The famous custom is to throw a coin over your shoulder and this will ensure that one day you will return to Rome.