"Rome - Pantheon and Piazza Navona areas" Italy Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld
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The area around Piazza Navona, known as the centro storico, has been inhabited for at least 2,000 years. Piazza Navona stands above an ancient stadium; the Pantheon has been a temple since AD 27; and the Theatre of Marcellus in the Ghetto has been converted into exclusive flats. The area's heyday began in the 15th century, when the papacy returned to Rome. Throughout the Renaissance and Baroque eras princes, popes and cardinals settled here, as did the artists and artisans they commissioned to build and adorn lavish palaces, churches and fountains.
Architectural wonder abounds in this part of Rome with buildings such as the Pantheon, the 16th century Jesuit church, the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and the Chiesa Nuova.
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