A chunk of the Eternal City's main attractions are in the heart of the centro storico. From Rome's best preserved pagan temple-turned church, the Pantheon to the best display of Baroque art at Piazza Navona; there are an endless amount of things to see and do in the historic center of Rome.
For a free glimpse at some of the world's magnificent artwork and architecture on display, church hopping is a good way to spend your day sightseeing. Step foot in the Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio and you'll think your eyes are playing tricks on you. What appears to be a dome from the inside, is merely an optical illusion, a cleverly painted frescoed dome that substituted the original cupola that never got built. Other beauties include the Santa Maria del Popolo Church which includes fine work by Bernini and Caravaggio, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
For a sublime example of the Eternal City's most beautiful piazzas, visitors have plenty to choose from in the centro storico: Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna (where the Spanish Steps are located) to name a few. Last but not least, there's the resplendent Trevi Fountain that served as a backdrop for many a Hollywood blockbuster film. Legend has it if you throw a coin in the fountain, your return to Rome will be granted!See all Centro Storico Attractions »