Campo Marzio - a shopper’s paradise

Vibe on the street: elegant, sociable, cheery café culture with a family-friendly feel.
Famous for: its range of shops selling almost everything, huge amount of monuments (including the Spanish Steps and two of the largest squares in Rome).
Campo Marzio - a shopper’s paradise
  • From its ancient monuments to the buzzing social scene on Via del Corso, Campo Marzio is a mosaic of history at every corner. Museums and monuments, embassies, churches and shops collaborate to create a very animated social scene. Two of the largest piazzas in Rome are in Campo Marzio - Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Augusto Imperatore - and these piazzas pride themselves on vibrant café life.

    Nearby sights

    Almost every square metre in Campo Marzio has something to celebrate. Piazza del Popolo’s twin churches are emblematic of the neighbourhood, along with Porta del Popolo, the decorated entrance gate. The piazza’s Church of Santa Maria del Popolo has two of Carvaggio’s best canvases, along with several important paintings and sculpture. Piazza Augusto Imperatore is named for the 1st-century AD mausoleum of Augustus Caesar, and is flanked by the Museum of the Ara Pacis, with its 1st-century BC temple. Via Margutta was made famous for resident Federico Fellini and also Billy Wilder’s Roman Holiday. Piazza di Spagna’s famous Spanish Steps always attract a crowd. And just above is the Church of Trinita’ dei Monti and its Egyptian obelisk. Café Canova Tadolini is a lovely café inside the atelier of early 19th-century sculptor Canova and successor Tadolini.

    Eating out

    It seems that every corner of Campo Marzio has a café and every one caters to a distinctly different clientele. Piazza del Popolo has the duelling Canova and Rosati cafés on each side of the piazza. Sitting at either café traditionally signified political stance, but now left and right wing intermingle with no problem. Sticking to the neighbourhood’s creative history, Campo Marzio also has ‘artists’ bars’ such as Cafe Atelier Canova Tadolini (sculptor Canova’s former studio on via del Babuino) and the historic Antico Greco whose walls are lined with paintings and drawings. The neighbourhood has a range of restaurants, including Rome’s ultra-posh Dal Bolognese, vegetarian Il Margutta Ristorarte and the tiny Da Pietro. Piazza Augusto Imperatore has at least three restaurants in the Gusto line up - Gusto’s, Osteria della Frezza and Tati al 28.


    Nightlife in the neighbourhood means posh cocktails at Hotel de Russie, Hotel Hassler and Il Palazzetto, or else drinks in any of Gusto’s restaurants, which on occasion will have live music. For the most part, the neighbourhood is quiet in the evenings so the best suggestion is to head toward Centro and Testaccio.

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