Discover all the squares and parks in Rome

Discover all the squares and parks in Rome

The beauty of walking in Rome: the best way to explore.

Rome is often likened to an “open-air museum”. Whilst undeniably clichéd, you’d have a difficult time trying to find a definition more suitable. Art really seems to hide in every place, every corner and every detail of the city: from famous piazzas to narrow lanes. If you’re planning a trip to Rome, keep in mind that wandering around is the best way to discover the magic of the city: get ready to soak in as many breath-taking sights as you can. Here is a list of the top things to see in Rome.

St. Peter’s Square

As one of the most heart-stopping squares in the world, Piazza San Pietro is undoubtedly one of Rome’s most authentic sights. Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between 1656 and 1667 around an ancient Egyptian obelisk, it’s one of the most incredible architectural works ever. While walking in the middle of the square, just in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll feel embraced by the two dazzling colonnades: no wonder they’re called the “the maternal arms of Mother Church”. The best way to get to the piazza is Via della Conciliazione that starts from the exceptional Castel Sant’Angelo, one of the most historical places in Rome.

The Roman Forum

Talking about Roman squares, don’t you feel like travelling back in time? Walking from the Capitoline Hills to the Colosseum, you’ll find yourself in one of the most storied squares: The Roman Forum, the old meeting place for citizens of the Empire.

Walking in this archaeological site makes you feel like you’re travelling through time. With more than 1000 years of continued activity, the Forum was the true centre of Roman life. It won’t be hard for you to daydream about orators making public speeches, criminals facing trials, merchants talking about commercial affairs, priests in togas entering the temples - it’s a throbbing pulse of history and a must-see in Rome.

Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna

Piazza Navona is the most visited piazza in Rome and it’s packed with street artists, painters, entertainers, tourists, and locals. There are three gorgeous fountains, symbols of the Roman Baroque: Fontana del Moro, Fontana di Nettuno and the most impressive of the three, Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.
And if you want some more Baroque, Piazza di Spagna is your go-to destination. You’ll never forget climbing up the famous Spanish Steps: it’s a great place to sit and relax, and once you’re up near Trinità dei Monti, look down on the Fontana della Barcaccia, the Fountain of the Boat, conceived by Pietro Bernini and completed in 1629 with the help of his brother.

Gianicolo, Monte Mario and Villa Borghese

Rome is built on seven hills, but Gianicolo can easily be called the eighth one. It’s a 20-minute walk but it’s worth it. Very few tourists and the best panoramic views of the Eternal City.
Located in the northwest of the Eternal City, Monte Mario is the highest hill in Rome. The natural reserve of Monte Mario is without any doubt one of the best parks in Rome with a great number of footpaths you can walk. It’s the perfect place to keep away from touristy tracks and be surrounded by a relaxing natural environment.
If you’re a 16th and 17th-century art lover, make sure you take some time to visit the Galleria Borghese: but after visiting the gallery, take a stroll inside the park of Villa Borghese, the Italian answer to all the great parks of the world.

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