|The charming Residence AT is located in a prestigious and central position in the historical centre of Rome, at only 5 minutes from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
At the end of Via Veneto, in Barberini square you can see two beautiful fountains: the Fontana
del Tritone and the Fontana delle Api. The first one (Triton Fountain), is a work by Bernini (1642), located just in the center of the square; the composition, four dolphins which support two valves on which is seated a triton who blows water through a shell held up in his hands, is an happy example of Roman Baroque. The second one, the Fontana delle Api, incorporates the bees (api), from the coat of arms of Barberini, is another baroque work of Bernini (1644). Just on the corner of Barberini square you can visit the Barberini Palace. Inside this historical
building there is the "Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica", a beautiful Gallery with masterpieces of Raffaello, Caravaggio, Bernini, and many others. On the top of Via Veneto, just ten minutes walking, you'll see the main park of Rome: Villa Borghese. This villa is a beautiful and extended park, characterised by walkways, woods (it contains 400 newly-planted pine trees, garden sculptures by Bernini's father, Pietro, and dramatic water works built by Giovanni Fontana) and lakes (in the centre of the park is the "Giardino del Lago" in which stays an artificial lake complete with an Ionic temple to Aesculapius, the god of health, by the 18C architect Antonio Asprucci). From Belvedere Pincio there is a magnificent view of the town. In this area you can visit three important Museums of Rome: the National Gallery of Modern Art (which includes works by Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and many more) the Etruscan Museum and the Borghese Gallery with the famous baroque sculptures by Bernini. A part of the Villa is dedicated to the recently renewed Zoo (Bioparco), destination loved by adults and children.
Just few blocks far from the Residence AT you have the possibility to admire the ancient Baths of Emperor Diocletian, the wonderful Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels by Michelangelo and fascinating Naiadi Fountain in centre of Piazza della Repubblica. Two minutes walking from the AT Residence you can visit two most famous sights of Rome: Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps).
The Trevi Fountain, one of the symbol of the Eternal City, is a Baroque masterpiece. The fountain has a scenographical effect, guaranteed by the restricted space of the surrounding, which presents itself as a theatre. The central niche depicts Neptune riding a chariot driven by sea horses and the water flows over rocks before collecting in a pool below. According to legend, if you throw a coin into the water by expressing a wish, the wish will become true and you will certainly return to Rome.
Piazza di Spagna is one of the most beautiful square in Rome and the Spanish Steps are one of Rome's most famous sight, due to their popularity as meeting point and to the position at the heart of the city's shopping area. From the upper terrace there is an excellent view of the city.
The strategic position of the AT Residence offers you an excellent starting point to visit all other monuments and museums of Rome; just a few meters far from the Residence AT there's the subway station of "Barberini" that can get you to St. Peter's square, Vatican Museums and Colosseum in less than ten minutes.
Vatican area will surprise the visitor with its unique charm, thanks to the majesty of St. Peter Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the S.Angelo Castle which draws pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The famous Colosseum, the big Arch of Costantin and the fascinating Roman Forum capture the visitor's imagination with their archaeological sites. Quite close to Palatine hill, you will find the well-known Emperor Nero's golden house, the Domus Aurea. In Fori Imperiali street you can also discover the ancient Trajan's Forum and the Forum Caesar. Then you will enter in the spectacular Venice Square, with its imposing Victor Emmanuel II Monument and the National Shrine.
So, let's start visiting Rome from the Residence AT and have a nice holiday!