A walking tour conceived as a kind of time travel along streets, alleys and squares, to discover some of the most fascinating places in the Campo Marzio quarter. since the birth of Rome one of the most important areas made mostly of swamps , the scene of mythical episodes, such as the disappearance of Romulus, the first king of Rome. the wide expanse of the “Campo di Marte”, covered with buildings in the Republican period (509-31 BC), became, in the imperial age (31 BC – 476 AD), instead of the glorification of the noble Roman families.
The story will start from the place of discovery of the Ara Pacis, the altar dedicated by Augustus in 9 BC to celebrate the Peace that he re-established in the Roman world after the troubled phase of the civil war and that in addition to celebrate the success of his political and military activities.
Then will be the time of the obelisk of Montecitorio, which consists in the needle that, projecting its shadow on the dial, indicates the time on the Augustus’s sundial, the solar clock built by the first Roman emperor in the Campus Martius (in part also tracked below the building in which is located our Boutique Hotel Campo Marzio Luxury Suites).
We will make a stop in “Piazza di Pietra” to admire the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent building, now the seat of the “Camera di Commercio di Roma”, erected in his honor after his death, which occurred in 138 AD. We will open a Rococo parenthesis, visiting “Piazza S. Ignazio di Loyola”, located in front of the church with the same name. Its unique and original shape was thought and created by Filippo Raguzzini, the architect who designed it between 1727 and 1728.
We’ll move on to “Piazza della Rotonda” to visit the Pantheon. the Roman temple with a central plan dedicated to all the gods present past and future, which is subsequently transformed into the Christian church of Santa Maria ad Martyres, in which artists and some Italian kings are buried.
A short stop will be held in “Largo Argentina”. We quickly describe the temples that formed the sacred area, but also what remains of the Curia of Pompey, the place where in the Ides of March in 44 BC Julius Caesar was killed (located in the vicinity of the Teatro Argentina). We will reconstruct the aspect of the Theatre of Pompey, the first stone theater in Rome, which no longer exists but yet still present in the memory of the city, thanks to some houses built around it in later centuries.
The tour will continue to “Campo de’ Fiori” with the story of the events related to Giordano Bruno, philosopher, writer and Italian Dominican friar, burned alive in this square in 1600. We end our visit to “Piazza Navona / Via Zanardelli”, the ancient stadium of the emperor Domitian (81-96 AD), the first example of stone stadium in Rome, transformed by the Baroque revolution (seventeenth century AD) of Bernini and Borromini in the extraordinary square that now we can admire.