Located atop the Viminal Hill, in the vicinity of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza della Repubblica is, for tourists who get to Rome by train, the first sight to see, since this square is adjacent to Roma Termini. Even today the square is called by its former official name, that is, Piazza dell’Esedra, calling forth the architectural amplitude of the non-extant Baths of Diocletian which used to fill the site before the construction of the square (the square was, in fact, built while assuming the shape of the ancient baths, the word “esedra” deriving from the exedras of Diocletian’s complex).

From a tourist point of view, Piazza della Republica is worth visiting by force of the few attractions here. It’s true there’s no wealth of sights here to delight the eye of the wandering visitors, but, overall, Piazza della Repubblica can be deemed one of the places not to miss out during a stay in Rome. For extensive sightseeing tours, visitors can also follow Via Nazionale (which stretches between Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Venezia) and admire the buildings which line it, sideways (such as the Church of Saint Paul outside the Walls and Palazzo delle Esposizioni).

Fountains in Piazza della Repubblica: Fontana delle Naiadi

Churches in Piazza della Repubblica: Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Piazza della Repubblica (Piazza dell’Esedra)
Rome, Italy