The façade designed by Carlo Maderno in the 1600s gives us a good idea of the true dimensions of the Basilica of Saint Peter, still today one of the largest churches in the world. Rome expresses all of her authority and majesty in her monuments.
Saint Peter’s, even for non-believers, is one of Rome’s most sought-after landmarks. It houses innumerable masterpieces of art known the world over, perhaps the most famous of which is the Pietà, sculpted by Michelangelo between 1498 and 1499 when he was just thirty years old. He also painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, which is located within the Vatican Museums.
The piazza in front of Saint Peter’s is breathtaking, especially in the evening or at sunset when the harmony of the geometric piazza creates plays of light on the many columns creating an atmosphere that is truly one of a kind. In a one hour walk starting at the Hotel Savoy one can admire innumerable landmarks, monuments and charming streets to enjoy the capital and its unforgettable atmosphere.