Best parks and squares in Rome

Visiting Rome's parks and squares provides welcome respite from the city’s bustling streets, while the city’s squares are open air art galleries – home to some of Rome’s most famous statues.  Refresh your senses and relax after a long day of sightseeing at the university botanic gardens in Trastevere or the Rome Rose Garden. Drop by the piazzas (squares) to see sculptural fountains made by Renaissance masters. Rome's piazzas are also a good place to find open-air markets selling fresh produce as well as restaurants and bars – perfect for people watching late into the evening.

Villa Borghese Gardens

After enjoying the work of mankind, you can savour the work of Mother Nature at the Villa Borghese Gardens. This park, the third largest in the city, has many attractions to offer. It has a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a water clock, a lake, and a zoo. Like Rome itself, it has plenty of statues and other artworks around to enjoy, too.
Villa Borghese of Rome is one of the largest urban parks in Europe.

Piazza Navona

Built over an ancient racetrack, the Piazza Navona is an elegant oval surrounded by palazzos and churches. You'll find three magnificent fountains that add to the beauty of the piazza. The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) is at the centre. Meanwhile, the Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain) lies south and the Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) is at the northern end.
The elegant Piazza Navona, Rome, has three majestic fountains.

Piazza di Spagna

The Piazza di Spagna connects the Spanish Steps to Via Condotti and Via del Babuino, two streets dedicated to shopping. In the centre, you'll find a fountain sculpted by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. At the southeast end of the piazza, you'll find La Colonna dell'Immacolata, a monument of the Virgin Mary with various biblical figures at the base.
The Piazza di Spagna is at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Campo de’Fiori

On most mornings except Sundays, you can find a farmers' market at Campo de'Fiori. This is one of if not the oldest market in Rome. It's known for its fresh fruits, veggies, meats, seafood, and other produce. At night, this piazza turns into a lively spot for dinner and drinks. At the centre of Campo de'Fiori stands a large statue of a philosopher, Giordano Bruno.
The statue of Giordano Bruno was created by Ettore Ferrari and it was erected at Campo de' Fiori in 1889.

Piazza del Popolo

One of Rome's biggest squares is actually circular in shape. The Piazza del Popolo lies at the top of the trident streets: Via del Corso, Via di Ripetta, and Via del Babuino. It's surrounded by churches and areas of greenery. An Egyptian obelisk stands tall in the centre of Piazza del Popolo while fountains and statues are scattered around it.
Piazza del Popolo, Rome, at sunset.

Piazza di Pasquino

The Piazza di Pasquino holds the first and most popular of Rome's talking statues. The crumbling figure was named ‘Pasquino' after a famously witty tailor who worked in the area. Since the early 16th century, locals have been anonymously posting poems, witticisms and political commentary on or near the statue. Come to the piazza to see what Pasquino has to say.