Pigna District Rome

The 9th rione of Rome is called Pigna. The word means pine-apple and the name originates from an enormous statue in the shape of a pine-apple which was found in the area. Being one of the most central districts, it has a huge number of tourist attractions, including the Pantheon and the Piazza Venezia.

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Campo Marzio District Rome

The Campo Marzio district is the 4th rione of Rome and also one of the city’s most central neighborhoods, with major tourist attractions such as the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo within its borders.

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Colonna District Rome

The Colonna district is the third rione of Rome and it is named after the big column on the Piazza Colonna. Main attractions are the Piazza della Rotonda and a number of government buildings.

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Parione District Rome (rione VI)

The 6th rione (district) of Rome is called Parione and it is one of the most interesting and picturesque neighborhoods of the Eternal City. Its main attractions are  the Campo de’ Fiori and the Piazza Navona, two of the most famous squares of Rome.

Parione District Rome (R. VI)

Parione District Rome - Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

The name Parione derives from a wall that used to circle the Stadium of Domitian and was colloquially called the Parietone. The Stadium of Domitian was later converted into the current Piazza Navona.

When Augustus was Emperor, this part of the city was still part of the the 11th regione, called Circo Flaminio. Around the year 1200 the name was changed to Parione e San Lorenzo in Damaso.

Parione gradually became more and more important as a neighborhood. After the Campo de’ Fiori was paved this became one of the most prestigious squares of the city, a role later assumed by the Piazza Navona.

At the end of the 15th century, under Pope Sixtus IV, the streets were widened. Noblemen and welathy citizens in generally started to move into the district. Several important palazzi were either restored or destroyed and completely rebuilt from scratch. The newly constructed Ponte Sisto connected Parione to Trastevere.

In the 17th century, Bernini redesigned Piazza Navona. At the same time, empty spaces between already existing buildings were filled up with new palaces.

When building the most important street in the area, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the facades of some of the buildings were completely taken down, to be rebuilt slightly further back.

Parione District Rome Tourist Attractions

The main attraction of the district is Piazza Navona, with its Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Sant’Agnese in Agone Church. The Campo de’ Fiori is another attractive square, with a famous daily food and flower market. Beautiful historic buildings include the Palazzo Braschi (now a museum) and the Palazzo Pamphilj.

Streets and squares

The district is crossed by the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. When it was built, the facades of some of the palaces along this street were demolished and rebuilt a few metres back. The most beautiful squares are of course those mentioned above.

Public transport

There is no metro stop in the Parione district. This will not change for the time being, as Rome is short on finances, and there is no money yet to extend line C further. From Roma Termini take bus 40 or bus 64.

Parione District – Rome (R. VI)

Sant’Angelo District Rome

The Sant’Angelo District is the 11th rione of Rome. It is the smallest one of all the riones and more or less comprises the area just north of the river that used to be known as the Jewish ghetto. The nieghborhood still has a distinctive Roman feel to it. Especially the part that used to be the ghetto is full of trattorie (still run by Jewish people).

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Parioli District Rome

The second quartiere of Rome is called Parioli. It is named for a group of hills, the Monti Parioli. The district was created in order to construct homes for officials of the state and fascist leaders, but nowadays it has become an area where the wealthier Romans live.

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Celio District Rome (rione XIX)

The Celio district is the 19th rione of Rome. It is one of the neighborhoods most frequented by tourists, since important monuments like the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine can be found within its borders. The district is named after one of the city’s famous seven hills.

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Castro Pretorio District Rome

Castro Pretorio is the 18th rione of Rome. Most of this district is situated directly north of the main railway station Roma Termini. The main attractions are the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church and two seats of the Museo Nazionale Romano.

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Ardeatino District Rome

The name of the 20th quartiere of Rome is Ardeatino. It is located between the Via Cristoforo Colombo and the Via Laurentina in the east and the Via di Vigna Murata in the south.

Ardeatino District Rome (Quartiere

Church of San Paolo alle Tre Fontane, Rome, Italy.
San Paolo alle Tre Fontane Church

The Ardeatino district is named after the street of the same name that runs straight through the area. It is along this street that several of the district’s main attractions can be found.

Important tourist attractions in Ardeatino are the Church of Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls and the Abbazia delle Tre Fontane.

The Catacombs of Domitilla are also to be found in the area.

A big part of the quartiere is taken up by the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica.

Quartiere Ardeatino – Rome (Q. XX)