The 10 Best Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Rome is a city of piazzas. You could say that it’s these piazzas that give Rome its soul and makes it the city that so many fall in love with. Any itinerary will prominently feature several piazzas and you’ll likely wander into many more. You won’t see them all, but here’s the piazzas and fountains of Rome that you don’t want to miss.

Piazza Navona – Fiumi Fountain, Fountain of Neptune, Fountain of Moro

Piazza Navona in Rome

This piazza is home to not one, but three fountains. They are the Fontana Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain) and Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune). The Fontana Quattro Fiumi is the largest and sits in the center of the piazza and commands your immediate attention. This is partly owing to the large obelisk that rises out of the center of the fountain. It is quite the striking visual and hard to take your eyes off of.

Piazza Navona, one of the best piazzas and fountains in Rome

The piazza is an enormous open space aside from the fountains and is in the shape of an oval. Along the sides there are numerous cafes that provide a great view of the square while you eat your meal. Also alongside the perimeter of the piazza is the Sant’ Agnese in Agone. This baroque styled church is amazing in its architecture and sits on the west side, in the middle of the piazza.

Piazza della Rotonda – Fontana del Pantheon

Piazza della Rotunda and Fontana del Pantheon

This piazza is well known for being the home of the world famous Pantheon. Either before or after you enter the Pantheon, spend some time enjoying the marvel that is the Piazza della Rotonda and the fountain as well. The fountain is a beautiful work of art that has as its focal point an Egyptian obelisk that rises from its center.

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Fontana del Pantheon

Surrounding the fountain are steps that are perfect for sitting, relaxing and either taking in the amazing atmosphere of the piazza or just people watching. The piazza is almost always busy but it doesn’t detract from enjoying the space.

Piazza Barberini – Fontana del Tritone

This piazza sits in the middle of a roundabout. It includes an open space that surrounds a masterpiece from the famed sculptor Bernini. This masterpiece is the Triton Fountain and it features four dolphins holding up Triton as water comes up from the top of the fountain. Even though there isn’t much else that stands out about this piazza, the fountain alone is worth the visit.

Piazza di Trevi – Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Piazza de Trevi is dominated by the fountain that bears its name. The fountain is perhaps the most famous in Rome and is stunning in its appearance and artistry. The meticulous detail is impressive as well as the sheer scale of the structure. There are wide steps that provide room to sit as well as benches. The Trevi fountain area can get quite crowded but when you find a spot to sit and admire the fountain, you’ll quickly find yourself captivated and wanting to stay for hours.

A great feature is that enjoying the fountain takes on a certain feel if you visit it during the day. It then provides a different feel when you visit it at night. You get two different experiences from visiting the same site. The piazza really appears small with such a large fountain as the focal point. The result of that is an impression of intimacy within the piazza and adds to the unforgettable atmosphere.

Piazza di Spagna – Fontana Della Barcaccia

Piazza di Spagna, the home of the Spanish Steps

This triangular shaped piazza is home to the Spanish Steps and one of the more interactive fountains in Rome. Fontana della Barcaccia or Foutain of the Old Boat has as its focus a sculpture of a boat which sits in the fountain. Water pours out of the ends of the boat which provides drinking water. You can step onto a small landing at the end of this Piazza Spagna fountain to reach out and fill up your bottle with the water that streams out of the fountain.  This Baroque styled fountain sits at the foot of the Spanish Steps and in the middle of Piazza di Spagna.

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

This amazing piazza is not only remarkable for its structure, but for its history. At the north end of the piazza stands the original gates to the city of Rome which was a part of the Aurelian Walls. At the center the piazza is an Egyptian obelisk which sits on a platform surrounded by steps. To the south end of the piazza stretches three streets that run through the historic center of Rome.  

Piazza del Popolo

Via del Babuino which leads to Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps; Via del Corso which leads to the main shopping area and Via di Ripetta. In between the streets sits two massive churches, the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. These two churches along with the three streets frame the south end of the piazza in spectacular fashion.

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For the best view of the piazza, you can head up the stairs that are on the northeast end of the piazza and follow them up to Terrazza del Pincio. This terrace which sits at the end of the Borghese Gardens overlooks the piazza and the city and reveals one of the best views in Rome.

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza di Santa Maria

This piazza is fairly understating compared to the grandeur of some of Rome’s more famous spaces. Though it’s not one of the most visually stunning piazzas in Rome, the atmosphere of the area is something to be experienced.

Piazza di Santa Maria

Situated in the lively neighborhood of Trestevere this piazza is often home to performers and curious crowds. Adding in the cafes that line the piazza and the unique atmosphere is something that you don’t want to miss.

Piazza San Pietro – Bernini Fountain and Maderno Fountain

Piazza San Pietro

The grandest piazza in all of Rome. Located in Vatican city with St. Peter’s Basilica featured prominently this amazing space is truly majestic. Within the piazza sits two fountains, the Bernini Fountain and the Maderno Fountain. In between the fountains sits a large Egyptian obelisk.

Piazza San Pietro

Bordering the piazza are two colonnades that stretch on either side containing a total 284 columns. All combined, this large piazza makes for a stunning visual treat.

Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia

As soon as you enter the Piazza you can’t miss the larger than life Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. This massive building constructed in 1935 is a fairly new addition to the city. The structure gleams due to its white color and can easily be seen from various points across the city. It’s worth it to climb the steps and enjoy the view from various points on the monument.

The chaotic roundabout (if you can call it that) is the heart of the square as traffic enters and exits from several directions at once. The main street that branches off of Piazza Venezia is the Via del Corso which runs through the heart of the historic center of Rome.

Piazza Campo de Fiori

If you’re looking to get some shopping done, this is the piazza you’ll want to visit. At the heart of this piazza is the energetic Campo di Fiori. It’s the perfect place to shop for a bit of everything including food and jewelry. At night the piazza is known as a meeting place with its many cafes and restaurants.

Best Piazza in Rome

You won’t really know the best piazzas and fountains in Rome until you see them for yourself. So make sure that you go see them for yourself! If you do, check out these helpful tips to visit Rome on a budget and visit Rome with kids.

If you have seen some of the piazzas in Rome, vote for your favorite in the comments below!

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  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog, smilesonarrival.com, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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