Planned during the city redevelopment undertaken after Rome was declared Italy’s capital, the Piazza della Repubblica is an essential city square and incredibly striking. The Piazza della Repubblica is built up of a large roundabout with an elegant fountain, surrounded by buildings on one side and a seemingly destroyed temple. It was previously recognized as the Piazza dell’Esedra because it was placed down on an exedra’s remains from the Diocletian era.
Piazza della Repubblica
Rome’s prettiest traffic circle is recognized mainly as a Metro stop, but don’t ignore to poke into its views as you zip from the nearby subway station to the attractions of the historical center. The curving facades encircling half of this glorious 19th-century traffic circle just southwest of Termini rail station contain movie houses, cafes, and one of those great Feltrinelli/Ricordi combo book stores/record shops.
Fontana delle Naiadi
At the heart of the Piazza della Repubblica stands the majestic Fontana delle Naiadi. It was built between 1870 and 1888 and decorated with four lion statues. In 1901 the lions were replaced by the statues of four nude Naiads. Their nudeness was the subject of much discussion at the time.
The Piazza della Repubblica is the principal point of interest in the city. After touring the square and seeing its majestic buildings and passionate Fontana della Naida, we suggest walking to the nearby Baths of Diocletian and visiting the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli.