Emperor Hadrian commissioned the giant, cylindrical Castel Sant'Angelo as a mausoleum. It was later converted into a fortress and prison by popes. Now a museum, you can discover its sheer scale before viewing Rome and the Tiber River from its summit.
Enter St Peter's Square and find inspiration in the colonnaded forecourt that serves as an entrance to St Peter's Basilica. Inside the basilica, marvel at Bernini's ornate baldacchino, a Baroque canopy that soars upwards towards the miraculous dome.
Discover the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Flaminio, 7km from Crowne Plaza Rome-St Peter's. Contemporary exhibitions by the likes of Anish Kapoor fill the vast spaces and curving corridors of this angular building by architect Zaha Hadid.
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Wandering through the cobbled streets of the enchanting Trastevere district, lined with medieval houses. At night, natives flock to its street-side bars and cafes, and you can enjoy a taste of authentic Italian cuisine at its many candle-lit restaurants.
Rome is small enough to be explored on foot. Ask the Concierge at Crowne Plaza Rome-St Peter's about how best to split journeys between Metro and walking, and for insider information on attractions like the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.