Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Rome  /  Historic Sites  /  Piazza della Rotonda

Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

4.6
#47 of 249 in Historic Sites in Rome
Historic Site Tourist Spot
The Piazza della Rotonda is a piazza (city square) in Rome, Italy, on the south side of which is located the Pantheon. The square gets its name from the Pantheon's informal title as the church of Santa Maria Rotonda.HistoryAlthough the Pantheon has stood from antiquity, the area in front of it had over the centuries become choked with a maze of sheds and small shops that had grown up around its columns. These medieval accretions were cleared by order of Pope Eugenius IV (1431–39) and the piazza was laid out and paved. It took its name from the Pantheon, which had been converted in the 7th century AD into a Christian church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as Santa Maria Rotonda. The piazza is roughly rectangular, approximately 60 meters north to south and 40 meters east to west, with a fountain and obelisk in the center and the Pantheon on the south side.During the 19th century, the piazza was especially noted for its market of bird-sellers, who brought their cages with live parrots, nightingales, owls, and other birds into the piazza. A traveler in 1819 remarked that during Twelfth Night celebrations in Rome the Piazza della Rotonda was "in particular distinguished by the gay appearance of the fruit and cake-stalls, dressed with flowers and lighted with paper lanterns."Charlotte Anne Eaton, an English traveller who visited in 1820, was much less impressed with the piazza and deplored how a visitor would find himself "surrounded by all that is most revolting to the senses, distracted by incessant uproar, pestered with a crowd of clamorous beggars, and stuck fast in the congregated filth of every description that covers the slippery pavement... Nothing resembling such a hole as this could exist in England; nor is it possible that an English imagination can conceive a combination of such disgusting dirt, such filthy odours and foul puddles, such as that which fills the vegetable market in the Piazza della Rotonda at Rome." An 1879 Baedeker guidebook noted that the "busy scene" of the piazza "affords the stranger opportunities of observing the characteristics of the peasantry."
Use our Rome trip builder to arrange your visit to Piazza della Rotonda and other attractions in Rome.
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Piazza della Rotonda

Plans in Rome by other users

18 days in Italy, Paris & Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA September, kids, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA August, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy & Zurich BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Rome

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Rome

For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
406 reviews
  • This has to be one of the most visited piazza in Rome. With the stunning Pantheon,fountain and obelisk and innumerable pubs,bars and restaurants it's a tourist magnet and when we visited on a roasting...  more »
  • Two evening meals here, can't rate it highly enough. Staff make the place special, location is perfect food beautiful price reasonable.  more »
  • The piazza is located in front of the Pantheon and can be very crowded. Centerpiece in the Piazza is Fontana Del Pantheon, marked by Obelisco Macuteo, dating from Ramses II. Around the Piazza are many...  more »