Rome/North Center

The Steps

North Central Rome is a district that covers the areas around Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo and Parioli, as well as the magnificent Villa Borghese and its gardens. Further out the area is bordered by Via Nomentana and the River Tiber and includes the area of Salario.


Spagna lies in the northern part of the central city, to the west of the park of the Villa Borghese. It includes the Piazza di Spagna and the famous Spanish Steps. It is one of the most fashionable and well-heeled districts of the Italian capital.

Parioli is a quiet, affluent and elegant Rome neighborhood close to Villa Borghese. The name originates from a gigantic wall called "parietone".

Salario, just to the northwest of the Modern Center and the Villa Borghese, is another elegant, upscale neighborhood, home to a large and beautiful park, Villa Ada.

Trieste is also a quiet affluent and elegant neighborhood, close to the Parioli and Villa Ada. It is full of Fascist architecture and early Christian churches such as Sant’Agnese Fuori Le Mura.

Get in

This is still the centre of Rome. It is served by the Metro Line A with stops at Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps and Borghese Gardens) and Piazza del Popolo. Piazza di San Silvestro, which is a short walk from the Spanish Steps, is a terminal for many bus lines.


Antique Rome

Ara Pacis


Piazza del Popolo


Inside Rome's mosque

Historical Squares and Streets

Quartiere Coppedè
Fountain of the Old Boat: Piazza di Spagna
The lamppost of love at the Ponte Milvio

Historical buildlings



Villa Borghese
The stunningly beautiful 6th Century BC Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Husband and Wife at the Villa Giulia Museum


Obelisks and statues



The streets to the west of the Spanish Steps, such as Via dei Condotti, house Rome's most upmarket shops. Most of the famous designer labels can be found here.






Go next

Routes through North Center

North Rome Vatican  W  E  Modern Center South Rome
Modern Center Nomentano  SW  NE  North Rome END
Orte North Rome  N  S  Nomentano Fiumicino Airport

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