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Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

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    Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
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Known throughout the world as the Eternal City, Rome offers visitors an endless array of historical, cultural, and artistic experiences. Just beyond the hotel are several historic villas once occupied by the eminent noble houses of the Italian Peninsula. Villa Medici and Villa Borghese Pinciana are a short distance away, with Villa Borghese functioning as a respected art gallery, the Galleria Borghese. Guests can also stroll through the beautiful Borghese Gardens, which run adjacent to the gallery. The Historic Center of Rome, a section of the city jointly supervised by the Italian government and the Vatican, is close to the hotel too. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, the Historic Center of Rome has a wealth of historical attractions for guests to visit. The Basilica of Saint Paul and the Sistine Chapel both occupy the Historic Center of Rome, as do many other historical structures like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is a wonderful place to start any excursion into the Eternal City.

Borghese Gardens
In the early-17th century, the prominent Borghese family began transforming a massive vineyard they owned in Rome into an extensive garden. The garden encompassed the family’s estate, the Villa Borghese Pinciana. Several centuries later, city officials purchased the rights to the garden, who then converted it into a public park. Nowadays, visitors can tour the beautiful gardens at their leisure, traveling to any one of the historic structures nestled inside.

Galleria Borghese
Within the Borghese Gardens is the Villa Borghese Pinciana, once the magnificent residence of the prominent Borghese family. The Borgheses dominated Italian politics for hundreds of years, producing a long lineage of Catholic clergymen and powerful aristocrats. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Borgheses transformed the estate into an art gallery named the Galleria Borghese. Since then, the Galleria Borghese has showcased to the public the extensive collection of art the family has acquired over many generations.

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
One of the many historical attractions within the Historic Center of Rome, the Catholic Church has operated the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall since the 4th century A.D. Consecrated on the burial site of Paul the Apostille, the Basilica is among the most historic churches in existence.

Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the Pope. The structure features numerous, awe-inspiring frescos that date back to the 16th century. At the height of the Renaissance, Michelangelo painted a series of magnificent murals along the ceiling of the chapel, as well as a painting he named The Last Judgement behind its alter. Today, thousands of people visit the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the artistic brilliance of Michelangelo and the other Renaissance-Era artists who worked in the building.

The Colosseum
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is a massive, open-air theater built by the Romans during the 1st century A.D. Scholars believe that the Colosseum could accommodate some 50,000 spectators. The Romans hosted a variety of events within the structure for many centuries, including infamous gladiatorial fights, though by the Medieval era, the residents of Rome had ceased using the Colosseum for entertainment. The building is now part of the Historic Center of Rome.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon was a former Roman temple that residents of the city later converted into a church during the 7th century A.D. It is one of the best-preserved Roman buildings throughout the entire world, attracting flocks of visitors curious to see original Roman architecture. The Pantheon is still used as a church, known as St. Mary of the Martyrs.

The Roman Forum
Within the confines of this ancient, rectangular plaza, statesmen governed Roman society for centuries. Many highly-important municipal buildings once lined the Forum, including the Roman Senate, the royal residence, and numerous shrines to Roman gods. As Rome evolved into an empire, a succession of emperors moved the seat of government to other locations throughout the city. As such, the Romans abandoned the Forum in the process. Only the ruins of a few of the buildings at the Forum remain today.


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