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Piazzas and Highlights of the Campus Martius Part 2

From the Piazza Venezia to the Piazza Navona: a tour of quiet cultural spots and attractions
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Beyond the most famous places in Rome there are some quiet places with fewer tourists. This tour will guide you through cute ancient... more »

Tips:  With traffic jams and sparse subway stations, traveling by bus, taxi or subway is not ideal in this area. The best way to see this... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your tour in the large square of the Piazza Venezia, named after the Palazzo Venezia, the former embassy of the Republic of Venice.

The Chiesa del Gesu is the mother church of the Jesuits, founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola as a reaction against the theories of the Protestant reformers (such as Luther and Calvin). The atypical style of the front is a precursor of the famous Baroque style.

Luxurious decoration were added to the interior 100 years after St. Ignatius of... More

This cute, small place contains Roman remnants that are among the oldest of the city and were not discovered until 1929. This place was busy during ancient times as it was surrounded by two theaters and the baths of Agrippa and Saepta.

Be sure to check out this old medieval street. Do not miss the passage depicted on the picture--without a doubt the best and most romantic way to access the market of the Campo dei Fiori.

Until the 13th century, this area was an unused space between Pompey's Theatre and the Tiber until the Orsini established themselves here during the 13th century. Nevertheless, the square remained a wild field until the 15th century.

In 1456 Cardinal Trevisani paved the area, triggering its development. During the 16th century it was a seedy... More

The Palazzo Farnese was built in 1534 by Pope Paul III, a member of the Farnese family.

Since 1635, the building has been the embassy of France and has received plenty of famous people, including Gen. de Gaulle in 1959, the French poet Joachim du Bellay in 1553, who wrote "les Antiquités de Rome," and the queen of Sweden in 1655. The difference... More

This small palace was built between 1483-1513 by Pope Sixtus IV; the building still belongs to the Vatican and is not open to visitors.

The Piazza Navona is a large public square surrounded by stores and restaurants and one of the more crowded areas in the city. It was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian (which was built in the first century), which was the home of athletic games for many years. The circus (circle or ring) was surrounded by bars and packed with... More