The Piazze of Rome

The locations of all places are shown on my Google-Earth Map

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Piazza di Spagna - 1723–1725

Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps, Trinita dei Monte, Fontana della Barcaccia and the crowds....

The Center of Rome.

Metro station "Spagna" on A-Line, bus 116, 117, 119

Piazza Navona, 1st cent ADccess to the murals may require special permission

Piazza Navona was built on the site of the Circus of Domitian in 1st century AD and follows the form of the open space of the stadium The ancient Romans came there to watch the agones ("games"), and hence it was known as 'Circus Agonalis' (competition arena).
Rome's largest and busiest square it is at its best early in the morning and liveliest at night, t
he meeting place of the young

Piazza Colonna, 193 AD

Piazza Colonna and the Column of Marcus Aurelius

Aurelius exploits

The Column of Marcus Aurelius, "Columna Centenaria Divorum Marci et Faustinae" – The Column for the divine anniversary of Marcus and Faustina – his wife - features a spiral relief with his exploits. It was modeled on the slightly taller Trajan's Column in 193 AD.
About 3 metres of the base have been below ground level since 1589 when, on order of pope Sixtus V, the whole column was restored by Domenico Fontana and adapted to the ground level of that time.

Campo dei Fiori
15th cen

Campo de' Fiori has never been architecturally formalized. The square has always remained a focus for commercial and street culture: the surrounding streets are named for trades—Via dei Balestrari (crossbow-makers), Via dei Baullari (coffer-makers), Via dei Cappellari (hat-makers), Via dei Chiavari (key-makers) and Via dei Giubbonari (tailors). With new access streets installed by Sixtus IV— Via Florea and Via Pellegrino— the square became a necessary corridor for important people passing between the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Vatican, thus bringing wealth to the area: a flourishing horse market took place twice a week (Monday and Saturday) and a lot of inns, hotels and shops came to be situated in Campo de' Fiori. It is an ideal place to find cheap hotels.
In 1600 the lovely flower market became the scene where Giordano Bruno was burnt on the stake on February 17, 1600..

Giordano Bruno

The statue of Giordano Bruno rising above the flower shops 

Giordano Bruno was a Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer. His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in proposing that the Sun was essentially a star, and moreover, that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings.

Piazza Mattei
Once the center of the old Ghetto,

Sculpture on the Turtle Fountain, Fontana Tartarughe

During the 1400’s the Jews grouped themselves north of the Tiber in an area around the square, which is presently called Piazza Mattei. The Mattei family used the Jews to construct important buildings for trade and commerce in this area. In return they offered them whatever protection they needed. Between 1555 and 1844 the Turtle Fountain was the only source of water for the residents of the Jewish Ghetto nearby. Currently there still remain a few fragments of the Ghetto near Piazza Mattei.

Piazza del Quirinale
16th cent.

Piazza del Quirinale and its Obelisk surrounded by the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux

The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is the current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic.The palace was built in 1583 by Pope Gregory XIII as a papal summer residence.

Piazza Barberini

16th cent

Piazza Barberini and its Fontana del Tritone, the beloved masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini 1642

Piazza Barberini is a large piazza in the centro storico, the city center of Rome, situated on the Quirinal Hill. It was created in the 16th century but many of the surrounding buildings have subsequently been rebuilt. 

There exists another lovely Bernini fountain in this square (in fact, behind the bus under the tree in the above photo):
Fontana delle Api, the fountain of the bees, 1644

Metro Station"Barberini-Fontana Trevi" on A Line.

Piazza Mignanelli
The quaint southern extension of Piazza di Spagna,
17th cent

Piazza Mignanelli, Collumn of the Immaculate Conception....

The palazzo dominating Piazza Mignanelli was built in the beginning of the 17th century. It was commissioned by the wealthy Gabrielli family from the city of Gubbio. The third floor of the building was only added in 1887 by the architect Andrea Busiri Vici, who also resconstructed the facade.

Metro station "Spagna" on A-Line, bus 116, 117, 119

Via Margutta
The haunt of foreign artists,

between P. di Spagna and P. di Popolo southwest of Villa Medici

Many well known foreign artists, Caravaggio, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Jusepe Ribera, Diego Velazquez, and Peter-Paul Rubens lived in this Bohemian artist colony.

Quartiere Coppedè
Art Nouveau along Via Tanaro,

With its unusual Liberty-style buildings with influence from the Art Nouveau of the 1920s this small bunch of blocks is one of the most interesting, and less known, landmarks of the city. - A must see.
Bus no. 92, 63, 630, 86

Vico dell'Arco della Ciambella
Two blocks south of the Pantheon

Eine meiner Lieblingsstrassen in 1952. Hier gab es eine Volksküche, wo Gerhard und ich jeden Tag einmal Spaghetti essen konnten.
Here used to be the Baths of Agrippa (Thermae Agrippae), 19 BC. They were mined for spolia in the 7th cent AD, nothing seems to have survived.