Essential: The Pantheon on a rainy day
Famous for: the most cinematographic in the world
In three words: romantic, historical, cheerful
The heart of Rome, one of the most known areas in the city, is the one that sticks in your mind. It is where a magical dimension opens up. The extraordinary character of a place like this bases on the simple idea that daily life mixes up with the most antique and imposing art.
HISTORY: Telling the story of Rome is an epic work, so it’s better to tell the history through its names. Trevi has an uncertain origin, but the most accepted hypothesis is that it comes from the Latin word trivium, which indicates the confluence of three streets in the Plaza del Crociferi, where the current Piazza di Trevi is located. The Fontana di Trevi, designed by Nicola Salvi, is a travel through marine symbolism. There’s still a legend that says that whoever throws a coin in the fountain guarantees your return trip to Rome.
The Campo de’ Fiori owes its name to the fact that until year 400 the square didn’t exist and in its place there was a large field with flowers. Today, it features one of the most pinturesque markets in Rome and the main characteristic, less frequent in a city like Rome, is that is considered the only historic square that does not have a church.
AMBIENCE: In the morning the neighborhood wakes up with the life of the Campo de’ Fiori market, which fills up the entire square. The area is busy all the time. It could be because of the enormous flow of tourists attracted by the incredible concentration of marvelous works, or the authentic and noisy character typical for Romans who live and work here. They ´colour´ the district with a special magical brush. The result is an intense and strong vibration, with a simple flavor that bounces in an antique and immortal frame.
PLACES: It’s impossible to mention them all: the art concentration is overwhelming. Palaces, churches, monuments, squares… every corner hides something precious. This is Rome, of course. In any case, you can’t miss:
Piazza Navona: the pride of Barroque Rome, recognizable for its special shape that tells the origin of Domiziano’s period. Surrounded by historical buildings, it’s still home of one of the most famous and traditional markets in the city.
Campo de’ Fiori: the piazza that names the neighborhood, it’s the center of Giordano Bruno’s statue, who was burned alive by the Inquisition back in the XVII century, Also the famous and picturesque fruit and fresh vegetables market is here.
The Campidoglio: one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded, the current seat of political activities and a cheerful area with clubs and bars.
The Pantheon: or simply the Rotonda (roundabout) as it’s called by locals, maybe the most special building in the city, and hence the model of all cult modern places: Michelangelo himself thought it was a divine and not human work. It was built in the first century for Agripa’s orders, and it has changed a lot throughout the centuries. Its name in Greek means temple dedicated to the Gods. Its dome is the biggest one in the history of architecture, and in fact, the Pantheon is indescribable: just by going in you have to let yourself be hugged by the power output, which looks like a waterfall of light falling through the roof .
The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, famous for its architectural compositions and have been the bathing place best known film in history: La Dolce Vita Mastroianni and Ekberg. There is an urban legend that whoever throws a coin into the fountain will return to Rome. Who throws two, find love and who throws three will stay in the Eternal City.
Piazza del Popolo is recognized for its obelisk in the center: in the square is home to three churches astounding masterpieces by Caravaggio, Pinturicchio, Carracci.
Piazza di Spagna, Trinita dei Monti: Square and Rome's most famous staircase, surrounded by works of Bernini, leading up to an unforgettable view of Rome.
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