You can visit Rome many times and still never see everything you may want to see. It is a city packed with more history than you can think of and architecture from all through the ages.
Of course I knows of 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.
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 work throughout from way on high on the ceiling to below.
3D Dome Illusion
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.
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.
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.
Alas it was time to see where the Twitter followers had chosen to send me next.
During this trip to Rome I have visited history and the tops of famous buildings. Every visit brings new sights to see here.