ROME — Piazza della Repubblica and Around

This square was named Piazza della Repubblica after World War II but its official name is still Piazza Esedra which refers to the central exedra of the Baths of Diocletian. In the centre is a fountain with the four bronze statues of the Najadi by Mario Rutelli. The square is a meeting point for official demonstrations and for receiving visiting delegations from abroad. it is not a particularly lovely spot to linger in.

The sights found here are:
Chiesa di Santa Maria Degli Angeli
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria
Museo Nazionale Romano

Chiesa di Santa Maria Degli Angeli
The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs at the Diocletian Bath was the last great architectural project from Michelangelo. It is a monument to history, faith, art and science. Its main attraction is the double meridian, one tracing the polar star and the other telling the exact time of the sun’s zenith.
For more information visit the website at http://www.santamariadegliangeliroma.it

Ectstasy of St Teresa

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria
One of the highlights of this church is the Bernini sculpture Ecstasy of St Teresa,.

Traveller's Tip

Visit the church in the afternoon to see the sculpture in the best light.

Museo Nazionale Romano
The National Museum of Rome has one of the world’s most important archaeological collections and is housed in three different facilities which are: the Baths of Diocletian, which include the Octagonal Hall; the Palazzo Massimo and the Palazzo Altemps. You can only visit a portion of the Museum’s exhibitions because of restructuring and renovation so it would be best to check before visiting.
For more information visit the website at http://www.roma2000.it/zmunaro.html