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Pantheon - Navona - Campo de' Fiori
Here, you can pleasantly stroll, even without a specific destination, among its noisy and monumental squares, get lost among its narrow streets, often hiding romantic and unexpected corners, visit its historic buildings and museums such as Palazzo Altemps, the Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture, the Museum of Rome in Palazzo Braschi. Its churches are chests full of masterpieces by immortal artists such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Among these, St. Louis of the French, which houses three Caravaggesque masterpieces, Sant'Agostino, which hosts two, Sant'Agnese in Agone, the work of Borromini, and Sant'Andrea della Valle, whose beautiful dome made by Maderno is smaller in size and height only to that of San Pietro.
An actual triangle of entertainment and culture makes this part of Rome the most famous and frequented by Romans and thousands of tourists every year. Today, the iconic Piazza Navona, built on the remains of the ancient Stadium of Domitian, is known for the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers by an inspired Bernini and the street artists and portrait painters. Furthermore, its many trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants with dehors invite you to sit and admire its wonders while sipping a drink or savouring one of the tasty dishes of traditional Roman cuisine.
The Pantheon is a millenary and extraordinary symbol of Rome and one of the most loved and visited monuments in the city, together with the Colosseum.
In the 19th century, even Stendhal, the great French writer, described it in enthusiastic terms: 'The most beautiful remnant of Roman antiquity. A temple that suffered so little that it appears to us as the Romans must have seen in their time.' Source of inspiration for the greatest architects of all ages, always admired for its beauty and harmony of lines, it houses the tombs of the kings of Italy and the burials of numerous artists such as Raffaello Sanzio.
During the day, Piazza Campo de' Fiori hosts a picturesque and colourful market but, when night falls, it turns into one of the most famous places in the Capitoline nightlife where you can sip a delicious aperitif or have a chat with friends after dinner.
Finally, in this area of Rome, there are some of the most significant institutional buildings of the capital, including Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Senate of the Republic, the French Embassy, located inside the wonderful Palazzo Farnese, and the Embassy of Brazil inside Palazzo Pamphilj, the former residence of Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, who gave Piazza Navona its current appearance.