Famous squares and Fountains in Rome

Exploring Rome's Renaissance and Baroque Squares

You will not find any other place in the world that celebrates the ever-mutating and incredible power of water like Rome. The Trevi Fountain is a fantastic work of art is more than just a sculpture: it’s a triumphant example of Baroque art, whose depictions of nature and imaginary creatures embody the movement of water as the soul of the world.

From the shadows of the ancient, winding streets of the historic center you suddenly come upon the breathtaking magnificence of Piazza Navona, born as a place of spectacle and still today a spectacular open air show; an architectural miracle in the heart of the Eternal City, filled with masterpieces in perfect harmony with each other.

With its characteristic butterfly plan, the Spanish Steps or Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous images in the world, as well as being one of the most majestic urban monuments of Roman Baroque style.

The Chiesa di Trinità dei Monti is perhaps better known for its location than for the works inside it. This little jewel has evolved with the centuries to become one of the most famous post cards of the Eternal City.

The Campo dei Fiori in the Parione district is one of the jewels of Rome. In the morning it's a bustling marketplace, that transforms into a nightlife centre in the evening – all amid a beautiful setting steeped with history.

Between the elegant Pincio, and the banks of the Tevere, Piazza del Popolo yawns into an enormous ellipse. Churches, fountains, monuments, and marble memoirs of historic events in Rome both ancient and modern tastefully embellish the square.

Piazza della Rotonda is the real name of Piazza del Pantheon and its origins arise from the name that the people had given to the immense “Rotonna”, the magnificent Roman monument dominating it. In addition to the Pantheon, there is a splendid Renaissance fountain in the centre of the square.

The current look of Piazza Venezia is the result of demolition and reconstruction works

Standing out more than anything else is the Vittoriano, mammoth and controversial monument to Victor Emmanuel II.

Rome could not be imagined without the remarkable counterpoint of its squares and fountains. Enclosed in the fabric of the renaissance and baroque districts or designed as a spectacular backdrop for the most important roads, the squares of Rome scatter the city with numerous points of historical, architectural and tourist interest.

And there is not a square in Rome without a fountain. Water flows plentifully in the subsoil and gushes forth from the hundreds of small and large fountains, each with its own artistic value and history.

Created: 09 Aug 2013
Last update: 19 Jun 2022

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