- Campo Marzio, along with Colonna, is the most desirable neighbourhood in Rome. For centuries, writers, artists and filmmakers have celebrated the area for its baroque beauty and prime location in the centre of the city. Later, luxury boutiques and hotels would take up residence in the neighbourhood and now Campo Marzio has become a mecca for fashionistas, both residents and tourists. From Caravaggio to the Gap, Campo Marzio is Rome’s 21st-century dolce vita, meaning looking good is the neighbourhood’s way of life.
The large Campo Marzio expanse. . .
Taking up the broad expanse of the historic centre, Campo Marzio encompasses the area from Piazza del Popolo, the original northern city gate, to Via dei Condotti. The neighbourhood’s definition follows the ancient Aurelian walls as its northern and eastern borders and the Tiber River as its western border. The Via della Fontanella di Borghese/Via dei Condotti conduit is the southern perimeter of the area.
This area of the city was based on a trident floor plan of three long roads, making it very easy to find your way around. Via di Ripetta, Via del Corso and Via del Babuino radiate out from Piazza del Popolo to the different corners of the city centre, and are great points of reference. Landmarks include Piazza del Popolo and its twin churches, the mausoleum of August Caesar, the Ara Pacis (Temple of Peace) and of course the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna).
Campo Marzio’s southern neighbours are Centro, Colonna, and Ludovisi. Centro is focused on Piazza Navona and its picturesque sidestreets. Tiny Colonna is the continuation of the Piazza di Spagna shopping area. Ludovisi is known for the elegant hotels on Via Vittorio Veneto. To the north is Pinciano/Parioli, with the large Villa Borghese park taking up most of the area.
Know your neighbours
Though often considered a fashion destination, Campo Marzio is replete with hotels, restaurants, antique shops, private homes, schools and offices interspersed alongside the celebrated boutiques. This gives the neighbourhood a lovely family feel. You are more than likely to see parents taking children to school in the early morning hours and walking dogs for late afternoon strolls. Head down the side streets like Via Margutta and you will find neighbours chatting outside shops about the week’s events. The usual go-to spots like bars and butchers will provide excellent conversation.
Campo Marzio is an open treasure box for shoppers. The neighbourhood has everything from antiques and home goods to luxury boutiques. Park yourself in Piazza di Spagna and work your way north. The piazza itself is home to all familiar Italian and non-Italian brands. Via del Babuino focuses on high-end boutiques, whether famous names or local shops. Parallel to Via del Babuino is Via Margutta, made famous in Roman Holiday. The street is known for its many antique and interior design shops. Heading west from Piazza di Spagna, the Via dei Condotti area has eye-candy in every window. From Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta have great finds. Via del Corso is more pop culture to Via di Ripetta’s traditional boutiques.
Getting to and from Campo Marzio is easy and efficient. The neighbourhood is well connected to every corner of the city by foot or public transportation. It is an easy walk to Prati, Centro and Villa Borghese. Likewise, ATAC (Rome’s public transport system) connects to everywhere you want to go to via bus and tram.
Buses 81, 88,117, 119, 490, 495, 628, M connect the neighbourhood with Centre, Vatican, Prati, Parioli, Nomentana, Termini and Tiburtina stations and Testaccio. Tram 2 runs links to Auditorium and stadium. Metro A stops Piazza Spagna and Flaminio connect to Termini and Vatican.
- 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.
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.
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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