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.
Piazza di Pietra is a very attractive square, and location of the incredible Hadrian's Temple - with its eleven imposing Corinthian columns dating back to the 2nd century AD - providing a theatrical focal point.
VISITING THE MAUSOLEUM OF SANTA COSTANZA
This little oasis never gets a mention when people talk about places to visit in Rome. It's not an obvious one but if you are staying in Rome for longer than 4 days and you're here in the warm weather this could be a delightful distraction for a morning or afternoon.
It's located in a residential area of the city, which tourists barely venture into, but it has a very pleasant atmosphere, very green, quiet and has some delicious pastry shops, gorgeous clothes shops as well as a tiny ice-cream shop selling unusual flavours!
We decided to renew our acquaintance with this area last Spring. We loved the wall plaques which people ask the church to put up in thanks for prayers that have been answered - there's a lot of gratitude on that wall. The heart-shaped one is very sweet.
The Mausoleum complex is located on Via Nomentana 349, which is an arterial road leading out of Rome to the north east in the Trieste district. You need to get off at Metro stop Annibaliano or bus stop Nomentana/S. Agnese. Journey time approx 15 mins.
Metro line B from Termini to Metro stop Annibaliano (4th stop) - see the last 3 photos showing this new(ish) metro station. Notice how the modern building seems to reflect the ancient one - Basilica Costantiniana, 4th c. AD - in the background.
Buses from Termini 90 (8 stops), 82, 60 (a faster express bus).
All near or around Piazza Istria.
Things to Do / Places to Eat
Here are just some of the photos we took ...