The Colonna neighborhood is the third rione of Rome. It is one of the most central districts of the city and is characterized by its many government buildings, wide squares and beautiful churches. As always, this top 10 tourist attractions in the Colonna district is just a personal opinion, so feel free to disagree.
Top 10 tourist attractions Colonna district Rome
1. Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church
The main attraction of the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Campo Marzio is the trompe-l’oeil ceiling fresco, painted by Andrea Pozzo, which gives the impression of a real dome.
2. Piazza della Rotonda
The Piazza della Rotonda is a medium-sized, but very picturesque square. The Pantheon, which stands on the square, is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Rome. In the middle of the square is a fountain with the Obelisco Macuto.
3. Sant’Andrea delle Fratte Church
Located but a short distance from the Spanish Steps, the Sant’Andrea delle Fratte Church is one of the most famous churches (partly) designed by Borromini. One of the highlights within the church is formed by the originals of the Bernini-designed angels gracing the Ponte Sant’Angelo. Opposite the church is the Palazzo Bernini, where the sculptor himself used to live.
4. Via Sistina
An extremely prestigious street in the center or Rome, the Via Sistina connects Piazza Trinità dei Monti (and thus the Spanish Steps) with the Piazza Barberini. The street is partially located in the Campo Marzio neighborhood.
5. Galleria Pamphilj
The Galleria Pamphilj is a museum in the Palazzo Pamphilj. Among the artists exhibited are such famous masters as Raphael, Titian, Domenichino, Caravaggio, Guercino, Velazquez and Brueghel the Elder.
6. San Lorenzo in Lucina Basilica
The San Lorenzo in Lucina Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Rome. Roman women used to visit this temple to fetch water that would cure diseases and make infertile women pregnant. Works of art by Michelangelo, Bernini, Guido Reni and others are on display in the church.
7. Palazzo Chigi
Since 1971, the Palazzo Chigi has served as the official residence of the Italian prime minister, which means that Silvio Berlusconi was able to indulge his prime-ministerial extravagances there for a while.
8. Montecitorio Obelisk
The Montecitorio Obelisk was brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus in the year 10 B.C. from its original site at Heliopolis in Egypt. It was originally placed in the Campo Marzio and used as a needle for a sundial.
9. Galleria Alberto Sordi
The early 20th century Galleria Alberto Sordi (former Palazzo Colonna) is a prestigious shopping center in the Piazza Colonna. Once planned to become Rome’s central train station, by the end of the 20th century it was little more than a shelter for homeless people and drug addicts.
10. San Giuseppe a Capo le Case Kerk
The San Giuseppe a Capo le Case Church is located in the Via Francesco Crispi. The adjacent convent has been converted into the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale. Inside the church itself is a Holy Staircase.
More points of interest in the Colonna district
The Palazzo Wedekind is a historic building in the Piazza Colonna. It is the seat of the daily newspaper Il Tempo.
Constructed by architect Carlo Buratti, the Palazzo Capranica at present serves as a conference building, which sometimes hosts musical performances.
The Palazzo del Bufalo Ferrajoli stands opposite the Palazzo Chigi. The first floor is occupied almost entirely by stores.
The Santa Maria in Aquiro Church is located in the Piazza Capranica. Little remains of its original 5th-century construction.
The Oratorio del Caravita is the second Jesuit church in the district.
The Santi Bartolomeo and Alessandro dei Bergamaschi Church was built in 1562. It belonged to the Ospedale dei Pazzarelli (“Hospital of the Crazy People”) and was then called Santa Maria dell Pietà.
The Santi Ildefonso e Tommaso da Villanova Church is a small 17th-century church on Via Sistina.