Piazza del Campidoglio is reached by the great flight of steps known as the Cordonata, built in according to Michelangelo's designs for the triumphal entry of the Emperor Charles V in 1536. At the top of the stairs are two colossal Dioscuri, from Imperial period which were found near the Jewish Ghetto.
Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo for the magificent Pope Paul III. Michelangelo designed a new piedestal for the equestrian statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the only surviving example of the many bronze equestrian statues which once adorned Rome. The statue was hidden in the house of Verus, a descendent of Marcus Aurelius. The original is now kept in the Capitoline Museum, from 1997 a copy stands on the square.
Campo dei fiori is probably the most pitoresque square of Rome, always very busy and always noisy. I spend some pleasant moments sitting on the terrace of an cafe-bar enjoying good espresso and listening to the locals at the market. Yes, the sellers shouting alot but mostly in making jokes and teasing each other.
The statue to Giordano Bruno dominates the whole square since 1889, honouring the phylosopher who was burnt here in 1600 as heretic. It is work of Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari.
Opposite to the monument is convent and the church of Santa Brigida, dedicated to St. Bridget of Sweden. It is the Swedish national church.
Behind the monument is Fontana Nuova which used to be at the centre of the square but was dismalted in 1889 to make room for the monument to Giordano Bruno.
Favorite thing: Same place different time and different impressions. This place is less attractive during the day, at least it is how I saw it. The night illumination of the square is just perfect. Fact is though, no matter day or night time the fountain at the square looking spectacular.
As famous as the Colosseum itself probably. Piazza Venezia is the centrally located one, right next to Vittorio Emanuelle's grand monument. Piazza Navona is known for its fountains... Piazza di Spagna for its famous Spanish steps... etc. etc.
Starting a walk along Via del Corso (with your back facing Vittorio Emanuelle's monument), you can turn left onto one of the smaller streets and reach one Piazza and then basically tour many of them. You'd probably first reach Piazza della Minerva and then right away the Pantheon (one of the first "musts" when visiting Rome). Piazza Navona is close by as well... and then you can continue as you please. They are all beautiful, and make a nice resting place, sitting on a bench, doing some architecture admiring and some people observing.
Piazza Argentina is one of those squares where you drop even if not intended to. It is one of the key points from where and to many public transportation means leading tourists and visitors of Rome. It was not easy to get taxi in Rome during New Year holidays, but from here it was much easier than from the other places in the city.
Fondest memory: On the other hand, Piazza Argentina is a must see because of the huge structure of remains from the Roman times, which dominates the whole square.......
Favorite thing: Piazza della Reppublica is one of those squares you might pass by, during the day, and even do not stop here. Huge traffic in this area with lots of buses might hide what is worth of seeing. It is, however, one of the most attractive sights in Rome during the night time. The whole area around the square is almost perfectly illuminated and the sleeping beauty shine in all of its attraction.
Nestled between Corso Vittorio and the Tiber River, is this wonderful jumble of umbrella-topped stalls bursting with flowers and vegetables, meats and cheeses, and even T-shirts, hosiery, and luggage. The market takes place each morning except Sunday, and neighbors fill shopping bags with all the very freshest treats of Lazio. Only seasonal foods are found here.
Fondest memory: Walking throught the beautiful stalls with brightly colored flowers and smells of those wonderful fresh fruits and cheeses.
Piazza Republica is at the end of Via Nazionale (the end closest to Roma Termini). There is a beautiful fountain in the centre of the Piazza. The fountain is called ‘Najadi’ (Fontana delle Naiada) and was created by Mario Rutelli. ‘Naiad’ is a word for water-nymphs, and there are four of them in this fountain taking on other sea creatures. There is also a man in the centre, holding (or struggling?) with a large fish.
Around the piazza there is also a McDonalds, a cinema, an expensive looking hotel and Santa Maria degli Angeli, a basilica which was originally designed by Michelangelo.
All the piazzas in Rome are magnets for people. You won't see many people if you take a stroll at 5:00 am in the morning.
Piazza del Popolo was a 5 minute walk from the Hotel Dei Mellini, and is one of the gateways to Villa Borghese, Rome's counterpart to Central Park.
Campo dei fiori is worth while a stroll even though you didn't plan on anything.
Besides the flower vendours there are fresh veggies and all sorts of different types of herbs for sale.
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