Rome is a city of a thousand narrow streets, churches and piazza’s. History and beautiful architecture are hidden around every corner and you’d need a year to explore them all. This city will take your well planned itinerary and waste it away with street side cafes and basilica’s. The most beautiful piazza’s in Rome are a great place to start for that day you set aside to get lost in this amazing city.
Piazza Navona is the first place that comes to mind when I think of the most beautiful piazza’s in Rome and it would probably be one of the most beautiful in Europe. The sprawling square was designated a public space in the late 15th century after previously being a stadium.
The square is a lined with stunning Baroque Roman architecture, the Pamphili palace, a church and typical Italian cafes. The centre piece of the square is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian. This fountain is an amazing example of the cultural melting pot that Rome represents.
When we visited there was an amazing busker playing jazz in the square. Live music made it on to our must do things in Rome list.
Piazza del Popolo
Just a ten minute walk from the famous Spanish Steps is the Piazza del Popolo. Encircling an Egyptian Obelisk the square is a favourite to take in buskers and the surrounding churches. The obelisk of Sety I (later erected by Rameses II) from Heliopolis originally came to Rome in 10 BC and is ornately carved on its four sides.
Make sure you take time to see Santa Maria del Popolo, a basilica that features two magnificent canvases by Caravaggio. The church is a big draw for tourists visiting Piazza del Popolo.
You’ll also find the Museum of Da Vinci right next to the Piazza. Well worth a visit if you have time to see all the amazing things that Da Vinci.
Sitting in the very heart of Rome the Piazza Venezia is definitely one of the most beautiful Piazza’s in Rome. This square is a hub of the city with a giant cobblestone roundabout and the towering Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria.
The square connects the main arterial routes of Rome branching off to the rest of the city. It sits at the foot of Capitoline Hill and the start of the Roman Forum. The Forum and the branching roads lead all the way to the Colosseum. It’s both a beautiful Piazza and a great place to start a day getting lost in Rome.
Want to see more of Rome?
The eternal city is one that you should linger in and enjoy, you’ll never forget it. Check out our list of things to do in Rome to see more during your travels.