Monday, 25 December 2017

12 Riones of Rome - Campitelli

The district of Rione Campitelli includes Campidoglio, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia.
The coat of arms depicts a dragon's head which alludes to the legend of Pope Sylvester slaying a dragon that inhabited a cave in the Forum.

The  area contains many churches, including Santa Maria in Aracoeli which was built on site of Temple to Jupiter where, according to legend, the Tiburtine Sybil foretold the birth of Christ to Emperor Augustus. 

There is also a 'Secret Garden', which is surprisingly easy to find if you head to one of the three entrances of Palazzo Venezia. Here is a wonderful oasis of calm right in the middle of a major traffic intersection.

Our top 'Rione Refreshment' tip for Campitelli is the Capitoline Museum Cafe. You can access this without visiting the museum by walking through the arch on the right hand side of the staircase where you will find the door to the cafe. The terrace affords wonderful views of the rooftops of Rome.

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