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PIAZZA MARGANA AREA
This area is literally 2 minutes away from the Campidoglio and about 4 away from Largo Argentina and yet it's always peaceful and quiet - more like being in a village than a city, let alone the capital.
We often stroll through these narrow cobbled streets on our way from our usual parking spot towards the Centre, and the walk is always a pleasure - heading into Piazza di Campitelli, through Piazza Capizucchi, through Piazza Margana, along Via dei Polacchi and out onto Via delle Botteghe Oscure.
The two main places to eat & drink are both on Piazza Margana - Vinando and Taverna degli Amici - perfect for lunch, aperitivo, dinner, or late night drinks. Ideal spots where you can relax undisturbed, gather your thoughts, hide from the midday sun under giant umbrellas, and generally soak up the atmos!
The three following images are all near each other on Via Margana - the column, which has been fixed into the wall, the large decorated entrance door frame and the two plaques are all Roman.
Pictured above is the start of Via della Tribuna di Tor De Specchi (nice bar at the end of it) and below is the charming Piazza Capizucchi. The word Tribuna was another name for 'apse' and as there is a church here - part of the Monastry of the Oblate of Santa Francesca Romana (entrance on Via del Teatro Marcello) - we suppose that is where the name comes from.
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The Capizucchi were an important Roman family of the 16th century and they owned the huge building on the square of the same name. The plaque on the yellow wall (see small image further above) indicated an art gallery but as far as we can tell the building is being used for something else now.