I was invited to Rome to create my own Perfect Day and the twist was that I had no idea where I was going to go in Rome. My and BA’s Twitter followers would be telling us ‘live’ their secret, maybe not so commonly known places to see. Off we went :)

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Of course I knew the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain etc..  I was excited to see deeper into Rome and places I had never heard of too. A tip I shall never forget was The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Seemingly hidden away, not too far Eastwards from the Pantheon this fantastic building has a front that tempts many a visitor inside.

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (Sant’Ignazio Church) is a Jesuit Church that was built in the 1700s with a rich and fascinating history. I sat on the steps leading up the entrance and just looked up in awe at the architecture. Architect – Orazio Grassi

However, even all that cannot prepare you for the immense sights inside and the painting from way on high to below. Andrea Pozzo of the Jesuit order painted the roof aspects in particular with a trompe l’oeil or optical illusion. The great dome (or so you think) that you see above you is actually a flat painting with 3D effect. If you are inside the building and you look at it from almost all angles, it really does look like it is a dome I tell ya.

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Every inch of this building inside has such fine beauty and detail. You walk around and around to take closer looks at everything. However then you turn round and see the rest of the place in so many different angles that mesmerised is not a strong enough word to describe the feeling I had.

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

To the left and to the right of the main area there are side chapels that seem to transform you to a whole new great church of their own accord. A top tip is to not just stay in the centre of the building which is where many stop, stay and stare. Wander behind all the pillars and you will find many many treasures for the eyes.

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Alas it was time to see where the Twitter followers had chosen to send me next. This was a great tip thank you! Yes it was going to be a Perfect Day indeed. With many more tips like this in a wonderful city as Rome. Wonderful people to meet, tip top food to eat. The next post will show your view of, or should I say over, Rome 😀

A Perfect Day in Rome - The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola