The stroll begins from one of the most fashionable piazzas of the capital: Campo de’ Fiori. The open-air market, in the morning, the bars and the restaurants of the area, and the young people usually meeting there, especially in the warm season, make this piazza always full of life.The exuberant atmosphere you feel in this piazza contrasts with the austere statue of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake precisely here.
There are many little shops and workshops for looking around and shopping in the little lanes of the area.
You just have to cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and you are in Piazza Navona. Established on the ashes of the Circo di Domiziano (Circus of Domitian), where athletics competitions, games and horse races took place, today it is one of the most elegant and lively piazzas of Rome. Surrounded by bars with their little outdoor tables, shops and restaurants, the piazza has three splendid fountains including the "Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi" (The Fountain of the Four Rivers), for which Bernini was commissioned on the occasion of the Jubilee of 1650. Piazza Navona is enlivened every day by many artists who with their art succeed in just a few minutes in capturing the features and the typical expressions of those being depicted.
Through the years this has always remained one of the favourite meeting places of Romans during Carnival, at Christmas and at Epiphany. According to tradition, 8 December marks the beginning of the Christmas market with all its artistic and modern cribs, handicrafts and, of course, candies. The market ends with Epiphany, the evening between 5 and 6 January, when adults and children wait together the arrival of the Befana (a kindly old witch bringing gifts).
Just around the corner, you are in the antiques paradise: lamps, tables and desks are set out invitingly in the glittering shop windows of the antique dealers in Via dei Coronari.
A few steps from Piazza Navona is the splendid Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, where you can admire three of Caravaggio’s masterpieces.
Our itinerary brings you to the nearby Piazza della Rotonda, where the Pantheon stands. This monument has come down through the centuries almost unharmed, and the aspect that we admire is that which it had in ancient times. Dedicated to all the gods, it has no windows, just a single opening in the vault of about 9 metres, this being its only source of natural light.
This is the perfect district for a coffee break: by tradition, we suggest you to stop at Sant’Eustachio café, which seems to be the best one in Rome. The secret? Try to discover it!
While walking towards Piazza di Spagna, especially if it is a lovely sunny day, not to be missed the chance of visiting Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, a little square that seems from another age, considering it is only a few steps away from the main shopping street Via del Corso.This beautiful piazza is a typical rendezvous place for an aperitif in one of the many cafés and wine bars with oudoor tables. Comfortably seated, you can enjoy the view of the church of the same name, inside which is the Cappella Fonseca, designed by Bernini.