Piazza della Pilotta
Piazza della Pilotta
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The area
Neighbourhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighbourhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
How to get there
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 8 min walk

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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,414 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I found this square interesting, though not as impressive as many other Roman plazas. The Pontifical Gregorian University is the large dominating structure present along side this plaza. This is a historic Jesuit University, founded in 1551 by Ignazio di Loyola on behalf of Gregory XIII. Opposite the University stands the seventeenth-century Palazzo Muti Papazzurri. Anunique historical reference is the derivation of the name of this square. The name derives from the game of the "pilotta" (meaning "ball") which was played here since the sixteenth century. The name was imported by Romans, probably from Spain. The game consisted of hitting a ball with a hand closed in a fist or with a kind of wooden spoon against a wall. Following its introduction to Italy, the game spread among the kids who improvised games on any available wall. However, the game also became popular among the nobility who, unlike the common populace, played on specially built regulation courts. An example of these regulation courts was built in this square and then called "dell'Olmo". A good example of what this "ball" sport evolved to be today is Jai-Alai.
Written 29 August 2019
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy30,923 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
The piazza gets its name from a ball game that was played here in the 16th Century. The white palace of the Pontifical Gregorian University dominates one end of the square. Opposite the University is the orange colored Palazzo Muti Papazzurri, built in 1660 by architect Mattia de' Rossi, a pupil of the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (connected to a building opposite a small street via a covered passage, over an archway). It's a pretty square, with people coming and going, and well maintained.
Written 4 October 2016
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Tim M
Fort Wayne, IN186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
This little gem tucked away in Rome has the Pontifical Biblical Institute. It's a quiet little piazza, a good out-of the way place to visit and get away from the tourist crowds.
Written 21 October 2015
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