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The name of Rione Parione is usually thought to derive from the
Latin apparitores (messengers/runners) who lived in the area.
It borders to the west and the north on Ponte,
to the east on Sant'Eustachio and to the south on Regola.
For a map of the Roman quarters (Rioni) click here - it opens in another window.
The symbol of Parione is a griffin or gryphon a fabulous creature with an eagle's head and wings and a lion's
The main square of Parione, Piazza Navona retains the design of the ancient stadium of Domitian, similarly the curved shape of Piazza del Teatro di Pompeo is due to the theatre of Pompey, the first built of stone theatre in Rome. The current level of the ground is several feet above that of Ancient Rome and the ruins of these monuments are buried under the existing buildings with the exception of the northern part of the stadium of Domitian, which was excavated in the XXth century.
Parione was a very commercial area with important markets in Piazza Navona and in Campo de' Fiori. The development of Parione can be associated with three periods:
a) the second half of the XVth century with the erection of Palazzo della Cancelleria and the embellishment of Campo de' Fiori;
b) the last years of the XVIth century when a very large church, S. Maria in Vallicella, was built in the western tip of Parione;
c) the years around 1650 when Piazza Navona was thoroughly redesigned.
Rione Parione was crossed by a section of the Papal Street, the most important street of Rome until the second half of the XVIIth century, when it was replaced by Via del Corso. The section went from Piazza dell'Orologio to Palazzo Massimi through Piazza di Pasquino. This explains why Pasquino was by far the most loquacious and stinging talking statue of Rome. Its being located along this street ensured that the satires placed on the ancient statue were read by a lot of people.
Main monuments of Rione Parione (clickable map)
The red X mark the main changes which occurred after 1777:
a) line linking several X: in the 1880s a large road (Corso Vittorio Emanuele) ensured better communication between the Vatican and the center of Rome: this heavily impacted on the continuity of Rione Parione which was cut into a northern section around Piazza Navona and a southern one around Campo de' Fiori;
b) X in the lower part of the map: in 1858 Campo de' Fiori was enlarged by pulling down a block of houses at its western tip.
The different colours group the monuments which are shown in the same page.
|Chiesa di||San Nicola dei Lorenesi||With monuments of Ponte.|
|-||Torre Millina||With monuments of Ponte.|
|Chiesa di||Santa Barbara dei Librai||With monuments of Regola.|
|Chiesa di||Santa Maria in Vallicella||-|
|Orat. delle||Cinque Piaghe||-|
|Casa di||Via del Pellegrino||-|
|-||Arco degli Acetari||-|
|Chiesa di||San Pantaleo||-|
|Pal. della||Farnesina ai Baullari||-|
|Casa di||Gerolamo Pichi||-|
|Casa di||Ceccolo Pichi||-|
|Chiesa di||Sant'Elisabetta dei Fornari||Lost|
|-||Campo de' Fiori||-|
|Chiesa di||San Tommaso in Parione||-|
|Palazzo del||Governo Vecchio||-|
|Pal. della||Nazione Picena||-|
|Chiesa di||Santa Maria degli Agonizzanti||-|
|Chiesa di||Santo Stefano in Piscivola||Lost. With mon. of Ponte.|
|Chiesa di||Sant'Agnese in Agone||-|
|Chiesa di||San Giacomo degli Spagnoli||-|
|-||Fontana dei Fiumi||-|
|-||Fontana del Moro||-|
|-||Fontana del Nettuno||-|
|Chiesa di||Santa Maria di Grottapinta||-|
|Palazzo di||Monte Giordano||With monuments of Parione|
|I - Monti||II - Trevi|
|III - Colonna||IV - Campo Marzio|
|V - Ponte||VI - Parione|
|VII - Regola||VIII - Sant'Eustachio|
|IX - Pigna||X - Campitelli|
|XI - Sant'Angelo||XII - Ripa|
|XIII - Trastevere||XIV - Borgo|