1th stop: Santa Maria della Vittoria: Inside the 16th Century church is the l’Estasi di Santa Teresa d’Avila, sculptured by Bernini.
Santa Maria della Vittoria, Via XX Settembre: Here the Cornaro Chapel conceals the l’Estasi di Santa Teresa d’Avila, a sculpture by Bernini which represents the saint and an angel which contests a flaming dart: the mystic carriage assumes erotic features which was a scandal in 1600.
2th stop: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi: The celebrated fountain of Piazza Navona, conceived and realised by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1651 upon the request of Pope Innocenzo X.
Fontana dei Fiumi, Piazza Navona: The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Bernini in Piazza Navona is the marble group in the centre of the fountain with four male figures which represent the greatest rivers of the world, The Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio.
3th stop: Castel Sant’Angelo: sight of the Passetto, the fortified walkway which connects the castle to the Vatican.
Castel Sant’Angelo: Castel Sant’Angelo is on the opposite side of the Tevere River. Built like a tomb for the Emperor Adrian, it became the fortress of the Papal State. The building is connected to the Vatican through the Passetto, a covered super elevated walkway, used for centuries like an escape route towards the river (only opened for guided visits).
Angels and Demons, the best seller written by Dan Brown, has an intriguing twist which takes in the most beautiful places in Rome. Rediscover by going along the Illuminating Journey together with the main characters – Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra.