"Piazza Farnese" Piazza Campo de' Fiori Tip by melissa_bel

Piazza Campo de' Fiori, Rome: 64 reviews and 114 photos

  Palazzo Farnese seen from Via dei Farnesi
by melissa_bel

Just one street away from Campo de' Fiori, lies Piazza Farnese. Piazza Farnese owes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. Alessandro Farnese, the future pope Paul III ordered this palace and it was built from 1514 until 1589. It took so long in fact, that the original architect, Sangallo the Younger, died and the project passed to Michelangelo. When it was being built, it was Rome's most expensive piece of real estate. The Cardinal de Richelieu and Queen of Sweden Christina (who lived in Rome after she abdicated) were guests of the house, amongst others. But the Farnese family didn't keep it for long. They couldn't afford to maintain it and in 1635, it became the French Embassy to the Papal States and the property of Louis the 14th and his heirs. After the French Revolution, Napoleon and Joachim Murat seized it and since 1874 (soon after the birth of Italy as a unified country), it became the French Embassy to Italy. It's also the site of the French School of Archeology and History.
And in case you didn't notice the "French Touch", this is where you will find a newspaper stands with the widest selection of French newspapers and magazines in town!

The other main features of the Piazza are the "tubs", two imposing granite fountains in the shape of a tub. They were imported from Egypt during Roman time and removed from the Carcalla Bath to here. Seems inviting to take a soak during those hot Roman summer days but... please don't, you may risk a huge fine. ;o)

For an optimal view, take via dei Farmesi from Campo de' Fiori has the Palazzo looms larger and larger and then, the fountains comes into view.

Address: Piazza Farnese
Directions: South of Piazza Navona in Rome
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/campo-de%E2%80%99-fiori?lang=en

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2004
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