Rome has numerous great sights – St Peter’s, Piazza Navona, the Forum and Colosseum, Trajan’s Column, Castel Sant Angelo, the Trevi Fountain, the epic golden statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo – and they are so close you can see them all easily in a weekend’s strolling.
And, best of all, most of them are free. But there is always something new to discover, and during my latest visit I concentrated on treasures in Galleria Borghese, set in the Villa Borghese’s rarefied grounds.
It’s worth visiting just for the astonishing Bernini sculpture, Daphne and Apollo, and Venus wearing only a rakishly angled hat in Cranach’s Venus And Cupid With A Honeycomb. This is an admirable alternative if the Vatican is full.
If a stray meteorite ever took out Rome, they’d be able to rebuild it, from the biggest monuments to the most intimate avenue, thanks to the many films shot there. On our visit, I couldn’t help but picture Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn on a scooter.