The city gets political in Colonna

Vibe on the street: affluent, elegant, business-like, work balanced with pleasure.
Famous for: Old-World attractions - the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Hadrian’s Temple and Column of Marcus Aurelius, plus many designer label shops.
The city gets political in Colonna
  • Colonna is a daytime adventure. Whether uncovering its archaeological and art historical sites, or having cappuccino or lunch while people watching, you’ll find that the Colonna neighbourhood is most alive when the sun is up. When the sun sets, Colonna quietens down and families head home. Don’t let this discourage you - the best window-shopping and sightseeing is done at night.

    Nearby sights

    Colonna’s not-to-miss site is the Pantheon, the famed dome of Ancient Rome. Nearby is Hadrian’s Temple in the quiet Piazza di Pietra. The Galleria Doria Pamphilj has a resplendent collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, in an equally amazing setting. Just up the street is the Fondazione Roma Museo (formerly Museo del Corso) which hosts temporary shows in addition to a permanent collection. The nearly 100-foot-tall Column of Marcus Aurelius has spectacular sculptural relief scrolling its shaft, and around the corner is an Augustan-era obelisk in front of the Italian Parliament, Palazzo Montecitorio.

    Eating out

    Colonna claims one of Rome’s favourite coffee bars, Tazza d’Oro, as local. And interestingly, the touristy area also has several other excellent cafes such as Vitti, Antico Greco and Ciampini. Restaurants may be slightly harder to discern for quality, but reliable favourites include Pizzeria Leoncino, La Matricianella and Maccheroni. Colonna is also a hub for Rome’s most written about gelateria: Giolitti, Grom and della Palma. Food bloggers ParlaFood and Elizabeth Minchilli are constantly battling it out for the very best of the area so regularly review their posts.


    Colonna’s nightlife can be found in its piazzas – like Rotonda, Pietra and Coppelle -where until 8:30pm cafés are still busy with the end of aperitivi (cocktails). After which, most head home or to restaurants. With the neighbourhood calm, most look to the Centro and Testaccio for nightlife, areas easily reachable by foot (Centro), bus and taxi. Our secret tip - head to a terrace or rooftop bar like the Grand Hotel de la Minerve. It may be less lively, but the Roman panorama cannot be beaten.

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