The pretty Town House Campo de’ Fiori is located in heart of ancient Rome, at a stone throw from the lively Piazza Campo de’ Fiori
. Emperor Julius Caesar was murdered in a subsidiary building of the
Campo de' Fiori
Roman senate near the square. In the center of the square rises the monument to Giordano Bruno who was burned at the stake for heresy in the piazza in 1600 and his statue now stands at its centre. Today, in the morning, the square is set of a colourful market and, at night, it becames a popular meeting place for young people, both italian and foreign. The nearby square is the elegant Piazza Farnese
. In this piazza there is the French Embassy, housed within the impressive walls of Palazzo Farnese which was the first piece of renaissance architecture ever to be built in Rome. The square is empty apart from two 17 century fountains, one on either side of the Piazza. The marble used to make these fountains dates back to Roman times and was taken from the marble taken from the baths of Caracalla. The fountains are decorated with Lillies the emblem of the old noble Roman family Farnese.
Crossing Corso Vittorio Emanuele II you can reach other symbols of Rome: Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
is one of the most characteristics places which recalls the eternal spirit of Rome. The elliptical shape of this square is due to Emperor Domitian: in AD 86 he had a stadium built on this site in which he instituted games in the Greek style. Domitian stadium was stripped of its marbles in 356 by Constantinus II on a visit to Rome and by the 5C it was in ruins. It came to life again during the Renaissance when it was rebuilt by Pope Innocent X in 1644, turning the square into one of the most beautiful sights in Rome. There are three fountains in the square: the one of the Rivers (created by Bernini), the one of the Moor and the fountain of Neptune. In 5 minutes walking you will arrive in front of the elegant, imposing, ancient and suggestive Pantheon
. It was a temple dedicated to all the gods built by Agrippa in 27BC. In AD80 it was damaged by fire and restored by Domitian. Then Emperor Hadrian (117-38) rebuilt it. In 608 it was reopened and converted into a church dedicated to S. Mary ad Martyres. The Pantheon presents an hemispherical dome, whose hole at the top provides the the only light. Today, one of the chapel inside, contains the tomb of Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-78), the first king of unified Italy and the tomb of the artist Raphael (who died at 37 years old in 1520).
In a very short walk, you can also reach the Campidoglio and Piazza Venezia. The Campidoglio
is one of the Seven Hills of Rome. During the middle ages it was simply known as “Monte Caprino” where goats grazed among the ruins. In 16C to Michelangelo was committed to redesign the square, with assumed a shape like a trapezium, to accommodate the position of a pre-existent palace, the Palazzo dei Conservatori. Today it’s set of the offices of the roman council, which governs Rome. On its foot there is the imposing Piazza Venezia
, one of the biggest and most central squares of Rome, point of convergence of many streets and a convenient meeting point for tourists, thanks to its position and to its majestic and recognizable Victor Emmanuel II Monument. This monument is the symbol of the unification of Italy in 1870 with Rome as the capital city. It was begun in 1885 and inaugurated in 1911. In the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, at the foot of the statue of Rome, is the National Shrine, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since 1921 the tomb has contained the remains of a soldier who died in the 1915-18 war. Do you need some “movida” at night? Perfect, the lively and typical quarter of Trastevere
is easily to be reached. Trastevere means literarly “across the Tiber”, and is one of the most authentic and characteristic districts of Rome, attraction for Romans and turists thanks to the fashionable restaurants, clubs and boutiques opened till late night. Other sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum are close by the Town House Campo de’ Fiori. The Trevi Fountain
is a Baroque masterpiece: it has a scenographical effect,
guaranteed by the restricted space of the surrounding, which presents itself as a theatre. The central niche depicts Neptune riding a chariot driven by sea horses and the water flows over rocks before collecting in a pool below. According to legend, if you throw a coin into the water by expressing a wish, the wish will become true and you will certainly return to Rome. Piazza di Spagna is one of the most beautiful square in Rome and the Spanish Steps
are one of Rome’s most famous sight, due to their popularity as meeting point and to the position at the heart of the city’s shopping area. From the upper terrace there is an excellent view of the city. The most important and imposing symbol of Rome is for sure the Colosseum
, reachable in a pleasant walk of 15 minutes: In 72 AD, Emperor Vespasian decided to devote part of the area occupied by the Nero's Domus Aurea to public entertainment, and built the biggest Roman amphitheatre in the world: the Colosseum. This Flavian amphitheatre took its name either because it stood near the statue of Nero, the "Colosseum", or because of its own colossal dimension. Three types of columns support the arcades and the walls are made of brick and volcanic tufa faced with marble blocks. Colosseum is well-known for the spectacles organised in it, consisting in duels between gladiators and wild animals. These spectacles went on for centuries and were banned only in 404.
Central position, courtesy, young management and attention to details will absolutely grant you a perfect stay in Rome.
So, let’s start visiting Rome from the Town House Campo de’ Fiori and have a nice holiday!