The sixth rione of Rome, Parione, is not the largest district of the city, but it is located in the middle of the historic centre and therefore has a very interesting Top 10 Tourist Attractions. These include two of the most beautiful squares in the city.
Top 10 Tourist Attractions Parione District
01. Piazza Navona
The former Domitian Stadium was later converted into Piazza Navona and is now the most beautiful square in Rome. It is the square of the street artists and it can also boast some of the most famous fountains of the city. During the last month of the year there is a Christmas market.
02. Fountain of the Four Rivers
The most famous and impressive of the three fountains in Piazza Navona is the Fountain of the Four Rivers, built around an obelisk and designed by Bernini. The other two are the Fountain of the Moor and the Fountain of Neptune.
03. Campo de’ Fiori
In the past, executions took place, but today the Campo de’ Fiori is best known for its flower market that takes place every morning (except Sundays) and for its vibrant nightlife – most organized pub crawls visit the Campo de’ Fiori and genuine battles between drunken tourists and the police are no exception.
04. Sant’Agnese in Agone Church
The Sant’Agnese in Agone Church is located in front of the Fountain of the Four Rivers. Its facade was designed by Borromini. An often repeatedd story is that one of Bernini‘s statues on the fountain turns his face away from the facade in disgust. It is a beautiful anecdote, but it is not true.
05. Palazzo Braschi and Museo di Roma
The Palazzo Braschi is a famous building in the historical center of Rome and is, since 1952, the seat of the Museo di Roma (Rome’s Civic Museum). It houses both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The present exhibition, until 15 March 2020, is dedicated to Canova.
06. Palazzo and Oratorium dei Filippini
Borromini was quiete busy in the Parione district. He also designed the facades (there are more of them) of the Palazzo dei Filippini, which actually consists of a monastery with a beautiful bell tower in the middle and the Oratorio dei Filippini. Inside the oratory is the famous Biblioteca Vallicelliana.
07. Palazzo Massimo alla Colonna
The Palazzo Massimo is a historic building on the border of the districts of Pigna and Parione. It is best known for the so-called San Filippo Neri Chapel. This chapel and the courtyard of the building can only be visited on March 16. The interior is connected to that of the adjoining Palazzo Massimo di Pirro.
08. Via del Pellegrino
The Via del Pellegrino connects the Campo de’ Fiori with the beginning of Via dei Banchi Vecchi. It is a fairly narrow and very picturesque street, bordered by cosy bars, boutiques, bookshops and traditional food and wine bars.
09. Museo Baracco
The Museo Barracco (or rather the Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco) is a small museum in the centre of Rome with a collection of antique works of art from different areas around the Mediterranean Sea. It is named after the baron who donated his art collection to the city.
10. Palazzo Pamhilj
The Palazzo Pamphilj is located in Piazza Navona and is the seat of the Brazilian Embassy. It is located right next to the Sant’Agnese in Agone Church. When the Pamphilj themselves lived in the building, they had an opening made in the adjoining wall, so tha they could attend mass without having to mix with the lesser human beings.