Party Earth Review The ritzy stores of Piazza di Spagna give way to chic boutiques on the way down Via del Babuino toward Piazza del Popolo, a charming square often ignored by tourists – which makes it a wonderful spot for resting after... ... read full review
North end of Via del Corso
Piazza di Spagna, Rome –
The ritzy stores of Piazza di Spagna give way to chic boutiques on the way down Via del Babuino toward Piazza del Popolo, a charming square often ignored by tourists – which makes it a wonderful spot for resting after a shopping spree.
Crossed by the three major roads of Babuino, Ripetta, and Corso, the square is usually abuzz with locals completing their daily errands, shoppers stopping for refreshment at one of the bars or cafés, and expats passing through on their way to the English-language movie theater just off the square.
Visitors can take in the incredible expanse of the square from the steps of the fountain or climb up to the Villa Borghese for a panoramic view of the entire city.
Besides the stunning vistas, Piazza del Popolo – which can hold nearly 50,000 people – is also the frequent site of free concerts and events from horse shows to circus acts that often culminate in impressive fireworks displays.
Framed by twin Renaissance churches and dominated by an ancient Egyptian obelisk atop a fountain, the piazza also draws a crowd at sunset when the slanting rays of the sun create a gorgeous backdrop for the traditional evening passeggiata (stroll).
This is such an ideal spot for live music that the events usually draw people from all over town who pack the square. For concerts, it’s best to arrive early and stake out some territory. If it’s too late for that, finding a perch from above at Villa Borghese is another great option.
All types of all ages by day, chic and sophisticated passersby at night.
Occasional free concerts and events including art fairs, circus performances, cultural celebrations, and more.
A few cafés line the southern side of the square, though more affordable restaurants and gelaterias can be found by walking down Via del Babuino.
Moderate to expensive.
Most crowded at sunset. To avoid the crowds, go at lunchtime or late at night.