The most evocative squares of Rome
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Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Venezia, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza di Trevi and the wonderful Fontana de La Dolce Vita, the evocative Piazza della Rotonda enclosing the Pantheon, and the city centre
Rome is the Eternal City and its public squares enriched of history, tourism and architecture, always give the opportunity to you to walk along the places of the majesty and the beauty without time. The main Roman squares create that special atmosphere featuring Rome. Every main square of Rome contains the symbol of what it represented in the past, and the elements of a still famous empire. Even after many years, you can still breathe a magic atmosphere around the streets of the city centre.
The most beautiful squares of Rome
Rome visitors obviously love the squares that characterize the Eternal City. First of all, Piazza del Popolo: you can reach from the North, and in the past, people used to get there by the old Porta Flaminia, giving the access to the Mura aureliane. This public square hosts the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. From this square, there are three roads connecting some main points of Rome, such as:
- Piazza di Spagna;
- Piazza Navona and the Pantheon;
- Via del Corso with its stores.
The Trident - name that comes from the three roads departing from Piazza del Popolo - connects the most beautiful places of the city without time. During a long walk, you can reach the beauty of Piazza di Spagna, characterized by a breathtaking stairs, Trinità dei Monti. From Piazza di Spagna, it is possible to begin the path along the shopping street, the beautiful and rich Via Condotti. This area of Rome is the temple of luxury and of beautiful life. Talking about famous places, Piazza di Trevi and its wonderful fountain, background of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita", is one of the fantastic places where you can breathe the greatness of Rome, too.
Piazza della Rotonda is the space around the Pantheon, characterized by a monumental beauty that will lead you during your walk, along historical and institutional buildings, such as Palazzo Madama, till Piazza Navona, surrounded by churches, spectacular buildings and 3 wonderful Baroque fountains.
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo is near the Mura Aureliane, and you can get in there by the old Porta Flaminia, also called the "Porta del Popolo". The square has this name because of the church Santa Maria del Popolo, that is a great symbol of architecture, and it hosts Caravaggio's "La crocifissione di San Pietro" and "La conversione di SanPaolo". The square was made by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. In the middle of the square, there are the Flaminio and the Rome obelisks, rising up from the fountain of the Lions.
Information to visit Piazza del Popolo
You can visit the square for free, but if you want to enter the Basilica Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, you have to book a private tour and respect the opening hours: from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., except for Sundays, when the closing time is at 6:30 p.m.. You can book the tour of the church on the web: full price ticket is €15 per person, and the reduced ticket is €10.
Piazza di Trevi and Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Trevi is famous because it hosts the Fontana di Trevi. This fountain was the background of the famous film "La Dolce vita", by Fellini. It is one of the biggest Roman fountains, built by Augusto. It is situated near Palazzo Poli, its construction started in 1732, after the contest Pope Clemente XII ordered, and completed in 1762.
It is characterized by a late Baroque style, and you can visit it for free. According to the popular tradition, you can launch a coin in the fountain, to make your desires come true. Fontana di Trevi and Piazza di Spagna are symbols of Rome.
Piazza di Spagna stands out because of its very famous stairs that have attracted the interest of the cinema and of philosopher's, during the centuries. In the middle of the square, there is the Fontana della Barcaccia by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, built in 1598, to remember the Tiber flood. From Piazza di Spagna, you can walk along the shopping streets, Via Condotti and Via del Corso, where you can find the most important clothes brands.
You can visit the squares for free, but to enter the church Trinità dei Monti, you have to buy a guided tour for €8 - there are some discounts for students, young people and groups.
The Pantheon and Piazza Navona
The Pantheon is the temple Marco Agrippa wanted in 27 b.c., victim of many damages and restorations, reaching nowadays in a great way. This architectonic work has been enriched by many peculiarities over the years, but today the walls have no decorations - differently from the past -, while you can still see the tombs of Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, Queen Margherita, the statue Madonna del Lorenzetto, and the Sepolcro di Raffaello. You can visit it for free, and you can easily reach it by Piazza della Rotonda. There is an interesting itinerary connecting the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
You will get to Piazza Navona, by Largo della Sapienza, the church San Luigi dei Francesi, and Palazzo Madama: it is one of the most famous squares in Rome, and in the past it was the side of the stadium for the Greek games, by Domiziano. It is the centre of the Roman Carnival, and it is decorated by 3 wonderful Baroque fountains:
- Fontana dei quattro fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini;
- Fontana del Nettuno;
- Fontana del Moro.
There is the church Sant'Agnese in Agone - Baroque style - and some historical buildings worth of a visit, such as Palazzo Pamphili.
You can visit the square for free, but if you want to discover the beauty of the church you have to wait the opening hours at 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. The church hosts cultural events all over the year.
The magic of Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia is situated between Via del Corso and Via dei Fori Imperiali. On the bottom of the Campidoglio, it is one of the central squares of Rome. In Piazza Venezia, the Vittoriano takes place, the national monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, and on the west, there is the Renaissance area where Palazzo Venezia rises up, having been the Pope residence for about 200 years.
Palazzo Venezia nowadays has a museum you can visit, paying a €10 ticket - there is also the possibility to buy a reduced ticket for €5. The museum is open till 7:30 p.m., but the ticket office closes one hour before.
Laura - Naples
Piazza Venezia in Rome is a very special place. I fell in love with the space and the policies around it. Visit the museum in Palazzo Venezia: it is very beautiful.
Sissy - Pompei
In the last visit, I spent a lot of time to in Piazza del Popolo. Piazza del Popolo astonished me especially for its greatness and the way it is very welcoming. The church Santa Maria del Popolo is very beautiful, I suggest visiting it, there are very prestigious works.
Rosanna - Florence
If you go to Rome, you absolutely have to visit the Pantheon and go on until arriving Piazza Navona. You will find many works of art in the street, you can easily admire without spending anything. Piazza Navona is indeed large and majestic.
Claudia - Poggibonsi (SI)
The square I prefer in Rome is Piazza di Spagna. I also visited all the shops in Via Condotti and Via del Corso. It is the Rome I prefer, in addition to the one of the Fori Imperiali or the Pantheon.
Pietro - Messina
One of the most beautiful examples of Roman squares is Piazza di Trevi, in my opinion: the fountain gives you the possibility to jump in another age, and you can still hear the provocative laugh by Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. Absolutely beautiful!
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