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The Squares of Rome

The Top Piazze (Public Squares) in Rome, Italy


The piazza is the center of life in Italy, so it goes without saying that there are many important public squares in Rome. Here is a list of some of the Italian capital’s most important and beautiful piazze and how to get to them.

Piazza San Pietro or Saint Peter's Square

St. Peter’s Square, the grand piazza that fronts St. Peter’s Basilica, is a significant gathering place for tourists, especially during Christmas, Easter, and church festivals. Piazza San Pietro can be reached from the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione and from the Metropolitana on the Ottaviano “San Pietro” stop on Linea A.

Piazza Campidoglio

Michelangelo designed this attractive square that unfolds on the Capitoline Hill. Rome’s Capitol (campidoglio) is located on this square, as are the buildings that house the Capitoline Museums. Bus lines that stop at or near Piazza Campidoglio include the 44, 46, 64, 70, 81, and 110.

Campo dei Fiori

Formerly a “field of flowers,” the Campo dei Fiori is a lively square and site of one of Rome’s most beloved fruit and vegetable markets. Numerous cafés, restaurants, and bars circle the Campo, making it an ideal stop day or night. To reach Campo dei Fiori, take bus 40, 64, or 70 to Largo Argentina.

Piazza Navona

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This large, oblong piazza was the site of an ancient Roman circus. Today, Piazza Navona is a wonderful pedestrian square where many locals take their evening stroll. Within Piazza Navona are two spectacular fountains designed by Bernini and encircling the square is the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone as well as several palazzo and ochre-hued buildings. Piazza Navona is reached by taking bus 56, 60, 85, 116, 492, and other buses to Centro Storico.

Piazza di Spagna

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The Piazza di Spagna is the location of the Spanish Steps, one of the most famous landmarks in Rome. This square is dominated by the broad, monumental stairway leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church, but it also features a small fountain by Bernini. Locals, but mostly tourists, utilize the steps as a meeting and resting place, and they are a perfect perch from which to people watch the throngs frequenting the nearby fashion boutiques. Piazza di Spagna is on the Metropolitana Linea A at the Spagna stop.

Piazza del Popolo

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The “People’s Square” is one of the largest piazze in all of Italy. Located on the north end of Via del Corso and within the ancient Porta Flaminia (Flaminian Gate), Piazza del Popolo is one of Rome’s more majestic squares. Three churches and several fountains are located on the edge of the square and it is punctuated with a tall Egyptian obelisk. The gardens of the Pincio Hill and the Villa Borghese overlook Piazza del Popolo and numerous shops and restaurants are a mere stroll from its center. Piazza del Popolo is reached via Metro at the Flaminia stop on Linea A.

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