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10/10/2013

The Hassler...a walk through Romes history

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The Hassler, located within a short walk of all of Rome's most important historic sites

Rome’s city center has an extraordinary number of historic sites and monuments, all within approximately a thirty-minute walk from the Hassler. Starting from the Piazza Trinità dei Monti where the Hassler is located, the Roman-era Sallustian Obelisk on Piazza Trinità dei Monti stands 13.91 meters tall and was donated to Pope Clement XII in 1783 by the Ludovisi family and erected in front of the Trinità dei Monti Church in 1789. From Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the Spanish Steps’ 135 Travertine stairs designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi in 1725 lead onto the  beautiful Piazza di Spagna with its early baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia built in 1627-29 by the sculptor Bernini.

On the piazza, located on the right-hand corner as one begins to climb the steps, there is still the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821; it is now the Keats-Shelley House, home to a collection of items and curiosities associated with the lives and works of the Romantic poets as well as one of the best libraries of Romantic literature in the world. Nearby, the famous Via Condotti, named after conduits or channels which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa, displays some of the best names in Italian fashion with its elegant boutiques.

To the right of the Hassler, further down the Viale Trinità dei Monti, the 16th-century Villa Medici houses the French Academy since 1803, and is home to many cultural exhibitions and events. Just a few steps away from the Hassler, the Bibliotheca Hertziana on Via Gregoriana was founded in 1913 and hosts a specialist library and a comprehensive photographic collection. It inaugurated again in January 2013 after ten years renovation work by Spanish architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Just a little further, on Via Crispi, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Gagosian Gallery  provide interesting cultural stops with their modern and contemporary collections.

A five-minute walk from the Hassler, the famous Via Veneto connects Porta Pinciana to Piazza Barberini, and continues to be one of the city’s most elegant and famous streets immortalized in Federico Fellini's classic 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Just a ten-minute walk away from the Hassler, the Baroque-era Trevi Fountain stands 26.3 metres tall and 49.15 metres wide as one of Rome’s most historical cultural landmarks.

A fifteen-minute walk from the Hassler leads to the Pantheon, originally commissioned as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome, eventually becoming a Church in the Medieval era. Not far away lies the beautiful Piazza Navona, built in the 1st century AD, and then transformed into a significant example of Baroque Roman architecture and art.

The Colosseum, built between 70 and 80 AD as the largest amphitheatre in the world, is about a thirty-five minute walk away from the Hassler, and the iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. Considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

The Hassler’s Concierge is able to arrange a number of interesting tours and guided walks for ourg guests with art historians that will make Rome’s ancient ruins come to life.

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