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The Steps

Campo Marzio is a district of Rome, encompassing the neighborhoods of Spagna and Parioli, as well as the magnificent Villa Borghese.

Spagna lies in the northern part of the central city, to the west of the Park of the Villa Borghese, and is so-called after the famous Spanish Steps. It is one of the most fashionable and well-heeled districts of the Italian capital.

Parioli is a a quiet and elegant Rome neighborhood close to Villa Borghese just above the Campo Marzio. The name originates from an gigantic wall called "parietone".

Salario, just to the north of the Modern Center and the Villa Borghese, is another elegant, upscale neighborhood, home to one enormous and beautiful park, Villa Ada.

Get in

There is an underground train to Parioli starting every quarter of hour from Flaminio Square.

See

  • Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Piazza di Spagna 26, [1]. The house in which the famous English poet John Keats succumbed to consumption, now preserved as a memorial to his life and that of his friend Shelley, both of whom are buried in Rome's Protestant Cemetery (see Testaccio).
  • Mausoleo di Augusto (Mausoleum of Augustus).
  • Piazza del Popolo. With the twin churches Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1681) and Santa Maria in Montesanto (1679).
  • Quartiere Coppede and its strange Liberty style buildings from the 1920s.
  • Santa Maria del Popolo, Piazza del Popolo 12. With a couple of paintings by Caravaggio: "The Crucifixion of Saint Peter" and "The Conversion of Saint Paul".
  • Santissima Trinità dei Monti, Piazza della Trinità dei Monti 1 (Up above the Spanish Steps.).
  • The Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Spagna). Along with the the Piazza di Spagna. A truly monumental stairway of 135 steps, built with French funds between 1721‑1725 in order to link the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Holy See (still located in the piazza below), with the Bourbon French church (its monastery founded in 1495) above.
  • Villa Ada.
  • Villa Albani. A magnificent patrician house with beautiful gardens.

Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese, [2], is a grandiose estate upon the hill of Campo Marzio.

Get your tickets before hand--either call when you get to Rome or buy them online. Allow plenty of time to get from the metro to the museum - from the metro stop you can't see the museum and there are no signs, so it can take awhile to find (taxis can drop you off at the entrance to the park but you will still have to walk a bit from there). If you are late for your reservation the museum may not allow you to use your ticket.

  • Borghese Museum and Gallery (Galleria Borghese), Piazzale Museo Borghese (Parco di Villa Borghese, +39 06 8555952, booking: +39 06 32810 (, fax: +39 06 32651329.), [3]. Tu-Su 9AM-7PM (note: Mandatory exit at the end of allotted 2 hour slot, ticket office closes at 6.30pm). A lovely display in a beautiful villa setting, which concentrates on the quality rather than the size of its collection. There are some very notable works by Antonio Canova and Gian Lorenzo Bernini here, Bernini's Apollo and Daphneis quite amazing. It also houses some of Caravaggio paintings, well worth the admission charge. The number of people admitted is limited to 360 every 2 hours, so it is best to make a reservation on-line [4] well in advance for the time slot you want. No cameras are allowed. Full and Student €12.50, Concessions €9.00.
  • Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (the National Gallery of Modern Art), Via delle Belle Arti 131, +39 06 322 981, [5]. Tu-Su 08.30-19.30. An underrated way to see fantastic art made after the Renaissance. Though with the exception of Modigliani and Pollock, few of their works were produced by artists that an average traveller is familiar with, these modern Italian artists are well worth getting familiar with though, and for internationally recognised names - try Cézanne, Degas, Kandinsky, Monet & Van Gogh. Full ticket €9, Gallery €6,50, various discounts available.
  • Villa Giulia National Gallery (Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia), Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9, Villa Borghese 00196 - Roma, +39 06 3201951, [6]. Everyday 8:30AM-7:30PM. Closed Jan 1st, Dec 25th. The most extensive collection of Etruscan art and artifacts anywhere, well worth the admission charge. They do, however, make you lock up your camera. A difficult museum to find, but a lovely display in a beautiful villa setting. Full: €4.00 Concessions: €2.00.

Do

Buy

Eat

To the right of the Spanish Steps there is a McDonalds yes good old McDonalds all your usual foods. The whole place is amazing looks very Italian!

  • Antico Caffe, Via Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 25, +39.06.69190704. Very nice restaurant on the main alleyway between Trevi Fontana and Piazza de Spagna. For 9 Euro, you get a large choice of pasta with two vegetable sides, bread, and a bottle of mineral water. The house wine is especially good.
  • Il Margutta RistorArte, via Margutta, 118 (near the Spanish Steps), 06 32650577 (), [7]. Lunch Buffet and Dinner Menu. A fairly decent vegetarian lunch buffet. The staff can point out the vegan eats. A decent value for the money. Near where Fellini once lived.

Drink

  • Babington's Tea Rooms, Piazza di Spagna 23. open 9.30am-8.30pm, closed Tuesdays. situated right next to the base of the Spanish Steps, a veritable tourist trap, so be warned....! Ridiculously over-inflated prices... Cheapest pot of tea, €8!! First opened in 1896 in order to fortify homesick English tourists, once famous as a tranquil English haven in a Latin ocean, now serving tea and scones (and more) with considerably less charm and even less value. Take a look inside if you must, otherwise, avoid like the plague.

Sleep

  • Hotel Condotti, Via Mario de' Fiori, 37, +39 06 679 4661 (fax: +39 06 679 0457), [8]. single rooms from €136, double rooms from €175, triple rooms from €209, quadruple rooms from €223..
  • Hotel Kent, Via Reggio Emilia, 71, +39 06 8540797 (, fax: +39 06 8541040), [10]. checkin: The Hotel Kent is a 3 star Hotel a few steps from the historical Porta Pia.
  • Hotel Zara Rome, Via Quattro Fontane 37 (Nearest metro stop is Repubblica), +39 06 4814847 (, fax: +39 06 483620), [11]. At the center of Rome, on Via Nazionale (National Street), there is a place where ancient and modern cultures come together. Hotel Zara, a family owned, completely renovated antique palace.
  • Residence Frattina, Via Frattina, 104, +39 066783553 (, fax: +39 066783701), [12]. Located on a street with a distinctive Roman atmosphere embracing a building dating back to 1700, it is cast in the heart of Rome, rich with history, between the Fountain of Trevi and Spanish Steps

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