Rome Areas and Neighbourhoods – Article Information

Posted on February 15, 2009 @ 2:07 am
by Sara Dudleymore

Your trip to Italy should be a memorable one and therefore must be programmed carefully. Before booking your flight and accommodation, read and find out more about the areas, famous places or most popular neighbourhoods in Rome.

1)TRASTEVERE: this area has the athmosphere of the middle ages and its built in a dedalus of narrow, curling, irregular streets. At the time when most of this area was built there was little need and space for carriages, it was just a place for poor people to sleep. Trastevere remained like this, a maze of narrow streets, since then.

You will find that Trastevere area is all year round the place where roman nightlife is cool, and it is famous for restaurants, clubs, small theaters and artisans in a picturesque maze of narrow alleyways.

During the evenings, cafe and restaurants spill out their tables over to the pavement, Santa Maria square becoming the hearth of the nightlife. In the morning you can best appreciate this friendly and truly roman neighborhood.

2)THE SPANISH STEP: it’s the area where the famous “Scalinata” (staircase) is and can be recognized by a rectangle like shape and the very famous water fountain called “La Fontana della Barcaccia” at the foot of the stairs (built in 1627-29).

This is a charming and very rich area, home of the most famous fashion brands (both italians and international). It’s also a meeting point and a top tourist attraction. From aside the square you can go for a romantic or scenic ride in a carriage pulled by a horse around Rome.

3)THE PANTHEON: built by the romans in 27 B.C, once the “Temple of all the gods” (by definition) it was turned into a church in 609. This perfect square rests on a cylinder and it measures 142 ft per 142ft high.

Incredibly well preserved, probably among the best among all of the Roman buildings and monuments in Rome, definitely a must see in your tour planning.

Come get your Italian cappuccino, pasta or pizza in one of its many neighbouring restaurants and relax in front of this magnificent wonder of the world. Also many ‘curious’ and original souvenir shops and “Gelato” in Rome are popular here.

4)THE COLOSSEUM: it’s one of the most astonishing monuments you will ever see in your life. Truly amazing,it has a 55.000 seating capacity and it’s the place were the famous deadly gladiatorial fights took place in ancient rome for people and emperor entertainment.

Emperor Vespasian wanted but it was finished only under his son Domiziano in 80 AD by his son Domitian, it’s the most famous touristic place where to go in Rome, you can’t leave Rome without witnessing it.

The colossuem is occasionally hosting some special events on the inside. Modern Stadiums and structures got inspired by the Colosseum’s building structure and by the concepts it introduced.

5)THE VATICAN, St. PETER’S CHURCH: this is were the independent state of The Vatican is. Defined since February 11, 1929 it’s home of the Pope and were the impressive St. Peter basilica is. During each Sunday, the popes give out masses to the public.

The massive large square fills with people listening to the magic and powering words of the pope.

The Vatican also houses some of the best paintings, masterpiece and archeological finds in the world. It’s worth coming to Rome even just to witness at this incredible collection. The area is nonetheless a quiet, residential area to stay and visit.

6)TREVI FOUNTAIN: located in the historical city centre is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rome and the largest standing Baroque fountain in Rome, 25.9 meters (85 feet) height and 19.8 meters (65 feet) width.

Trevi Fountain is so called because of its position which is at the intersection of 3 roads (in italian ‘tre vie’). On the back of fountain there is a building called Palazzo dei Duchi di Polis, it represents a replica of the triumphal arch. As the legend goes if visitor throws a coin into the fountain, he/she will be back in Rome!

7)CAMPO DEI FIORI: fresh goods and vegetable products are sold by standowners are in its famous daily outdoor market during the early morning. This is a charming location and traditional gathering point for both tourists and locals to eat, walk around, and people watching.

Campo dei Fiori is full of interesting small boutiques and souvenir shops. During the whole year, people sit outside the Piazza surrounded by many outdoor Trattorias and espresso bars.

At night, the area tunrs into a very cool place for entartainment, music and social drinking, with an animated atmosphere where people get together and enjoy the evening. It’s by far the most popular tourist attraction in the summer nights together with Trastevere.

8)PIAZZA NAVONA: built over the oval structure of the “Domitian Stadium”, at the time of the ancient romans it used to be flooded with water to stage naval battle ships and it was seating 30,000 spectators.

Today, three magnificent fountains in marble decorate the Piazza designed by Bernini with an Egyptian Obelisk in the middle of the square. The streets surrounding Piazza Navona are full of interesting small boutiques and souvenir shops.

From December 8th until January 6th Piazza Navona is the host of the event “Befana” (“Epiphany”) celebration, very popular and characteristic.

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