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Rome’s Baroque heart

Just step out of Palazzo Talìa and you’ll be dazzled by the breathtaking splendor of Rome’s city center.

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Rome's Baroque heart

From narrow medieval streets to the magnificence of Baroque squares, everything is just a stone’s throw away. All you need is a desire to explore to have the most exclusive shopping, art galleries and traditional craft shops at your fingertips.

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Piazza di Spagna

Distance from Palazzo Talìa: 450 m

The triumph of Baroque urban scenery. The dramatic staircase that opens up like a butterfly from the church of Trinità dei Monti to via Condotti, the fountain built by both Berninis – father and son – the column of the Immaculate Conception, palaces and boutiques from leading international brands – everything is dazzling. Plus a few lesser-known gems, like the Keats-Shelley Memorial House and Babington’s tea room, open since the late 1800s.

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Villa Borghese

Distance from Palazzo Talìa: 1,4 km

Once known as the gardens of Lucullus, the site became the property of the Borghese family in the 16th century. Bernini’s patron Cardinal Scipione turned it into a garden of delights. A beautiful urban park, it provides a green haven in the heart of Rome amid statues and maritime pine trees, green lawns and Italian gardens. Among the many wonders is Galleria Borghese, a fascinating museum with works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Canova and Bernini.

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Trevi Fountain / Acqua Virgo

Distance from Palazzo Talìa: 400 m

Built in 1731 for Pope Clement XII, it’s one of the symbols of Rome. Its ancient history is connected to the Aqueduct of the Aqua Virgo. Commissioned by Augustus, it’s still functioning and still runs through Palazzo Talìa today. Set against the backdrop of Palazzo Poli, the theme of the imposing fountain complex is the sea. The statue of Oceanus towers above rocks, animals and water deities. Its fame is also connected to the most famous scene in the film La dolce vita by Fellini, where Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni wade into the fountain. Tradition has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will surely return to Rome.

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Quirinale Palace

Distance from Palazzo Talìa: 600 m

It’s the residence of the President of the Italian Republic. In the past it was home to popes – no fewer than 30 – and later to the Kings of Italy. The magnificent interiors, the Hall of the Cuirassiers, Bernini’s Loggia of Blessings, the sumptuous Italian gardens make it one of the world’s most beautiful palaces. And of course, Piazza del Quirinale, boasting the colossal statuary group of the Dioscuri and offering one of the most beautiful sweeping views in Rome.

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Piazza Barberini

Distance from Palazzo Talìa: 500 m

It connects the celebrated Via Veneto, the beating heart of dolce vita, to Rome’s ancient city center. It’s one of the nerve centers of the Eternal City. In the middle of the square stands the towering statue of Triton by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a marvel of seventeenth-century sculpture. A few steps away is Palazzo Barberini, home to the National Gallery of Ancient Art, famed for Borromini’s helicoidal staircase and Bernini’s square staircase – a true manifesto of Roman Baroque.