From Piazza del Popolo to Largo Argentina

Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, Largo Argentina

We arrive in Piazza del Popolo walking from Piazza di Spagna, or with the metro A line (Flaminio stop). This square is a wonderful example of neoclassical architecture. It was designed by the architect Valadier to provide the convergence of three streets (via del Corso, via di Ripetta, via del Babuino). The two twin churches that face the square are Santa Maria di Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. On the opposite side there is the church Santa Maria del Popolo, well known because of two paintings from Caravaggio.


After via di Ripetta, we arrive to Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augusto. Then we stop in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, where we can visit one of the oldest Christian basilicas. On the main altar we can admire a crucifix by Guido Reni.
We arrive to Piazza Montecitorio where, since 1871 the House of Representatives meets. In a few minutes, crossing the vicoli (alleys) that are in the heart of Rome, we arrive to the piazza della Rotonda, where we can admire the Pantheon. This is the roman monument that wins the most records: it is the best conserved, it has the largest brick dome in all history of architecture, it is considered the precursor of all modern cult buildings, and it is the monument most often copied even in modern history. 
Not too far from here, in Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi, we can observe three artworks by Caravaggio dedicated to San Matteo. Now we cross Corso Rinascimento and enter one of the most beautiful squares in the world:


Piazza Navona. This square is known for the unique architecture of the church of S. Agnese in Agone, and the thee spectacular fountains now known around the world. If you are passionate about antiques, I suggest you make a little deviation to visit via Dei Coronari, known for the numerous antique shops selling artisanal goods and rare collections. Going through via del Governo Vecchio (known as via papalis, since it was used by the Pope to go to S. Giovanni till the XV century) we arrive to the entrance of via Giulia. The origin of the street goes back to the Renaissance. It was built by Bramante under the order of Pope Julius II, in the beginning of '500. The street hosts aristocratic palaces and is dotted with art and antiques shops.

Piazza Farnese, bordered by an anonymous Palazzo example of renaissance’s art, is today the residence of the French Ambassador. It is decorated with two fountains by G. Rainaldi, made of large marbles tubs derived from the Terme di Caracalla. Behind this square, you can discover the vivacity of Campo de' Fiori (once used for death executions). During the day it hosts a colorful market of vegetables and fruits, in the afternoon it changes its face and is populated by young people from all parts of the world that use the square as a main meeting point till late in the night.


Through the beautiful via dei Giubbonari we reach the end of our journey at the Largo di Torre Argentina. Here, during the works for restoration of the sewage system they found four temples, the oldest of which was dated back to the IV century b.C!

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