Today we will discover the marvelous hotel surroundings…
We step out from the hotel main door and taking left we will follow Via Sistina leading to the stunning staircase of Trinità dei monti, at the feet of which, built between 1723 and 1726 to designs by architect Francesco De Sanctis, lies the Fountain of Barcaccia (Piazza di Spagna indeed) carved in the late 1720s by Pietro Bernini and his much more famous son Gian Lorenzo.
After enjoying a great view of the city from the high position, we now step down the Spanish Steps. From here enter in the so called shopping streets, we continue walking in via dei Condotti, a street for Italian Haute Couture, while in past centuries it was the meeting point for foreign artists living in Rome, who used to meet at the suggestive Caffè Greco, opened in 1760. We recommend a coffee break to breathe in the history! But do not neglect to visit via Frattina, via Borgognona, via delle Carrozze, via Vittoria and via della Vite: streets rich in history and at the same time symbolic of glamour and elegance. The rows of shops draw the eye with catch window displays and the biggest fashion brands also have a spot here, where the elegant dresses so often admired on the covers magazines blend in with the almost austere architecture of the buildings. If you are a fan of exclusive elegance you can not only make a few purchases here but even find the very best customized tailor services. Continue walking along via del Corso, a straight line that leads to Vittoriano and piazza Venezia, if turning left, or to Piazza del Popolo if turning right.
And that is where we are headed: People squre.
In the heart of the piazza, redesigned in neo-classicalstyle by Giuseppe Valadier in 1823 is the obelisk standing 24 metres tall that Emperor Augustus brought from Egypt in 1o B.C. Alongside the Porta del Popolo is the church of Santa Maria del Popolo.
Looking back from the Piazza del Popolo you can spot the Trident. Inthe centre is via del Corso, to each side via del Babuino and via di Ripetta. Via del Babuino leads to back to the Spanish steps.