Regola District Rome (R. VII)

The neighborhood that is now the Regola district, the 7th rione of Rome, was part of the Ancient Roman quartiere Campo Marzio. Nowadays the district is one of the most picturesque parts of the city.

Regola District Rome (Rione VII)

Piazza Farnese Rome
Piazza Farnese

The name “Regola” derives from the word Renula: Rena is the type of sand the Tiber used to leave behind after flooding the area. These floods were a regular occurrence, and it was not until the Middle Ages that the Romans tried to do something about it.

In 1875 they managed to build high walls around the river and the neighborhood changed completely. Many important palazzi and churches started being built there.

Tourist attractions Regola district

Piazza Farnese

Where nearby Campo de’ Fiori is noisy and full of life, Piazza Farnese is an oasis of calm, perhaps because a Madonnella surveys the square from every one of its corners. It is lined by stately buildings, of which the Palazzo Farnese, present seat of the French Embassy is the most striking one. It is further decorated by two fountains.

The baroque San Carlo ai Catinari Church is also known as the SS. Biagi e Carlo ai Catinari. Inside the church are masterpieces by several famous painters. Also on display in the apse are the models of the two large statues of Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square.

The Palazzo Spada is the seat of a small museum called Galleria Spada. Its main attraction is a Borromini-designed corridor with a spectacular play on perspectives. Part of the palace is used for government offices.

Although the Via Giulia runs through more than one district, its longest stretch is in the Regola neigborhood. It is a real shame that most of the Renaissance palaces in this street are private property and cannot be visited.

The Insula Romana di San Paolo alla Regola is a kind of apartment building from Roman times. It is located no less than 8 meters below the current Palazzo Specchi.

The Palazzo Cenci is named after the family of a 16-year-old girl who became a folk heroine by killing her violent and abusive father.

The Santa Maria del Pianto Church owes its origins to a weeping Madonna.

Rione Regola – Rome (R. VII)

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