The eternal city of Rome by night – Piazza Navona, Tiber River, the Pantheon

Rome is definitely more charming by night! Rome is nice during the day, but at night, it’s both romantic and mysterious and super alive! My sisters and I went to the city to visit my aunt for four cold December days, and my, was the trip something to remember! It was real pleasure to admire the beautiful architecture, the landmarks I only saw on magazines and books before.

Rome by night
Rome by night

After enjoying a delicious Filipino dinner, courtesy of our hosts, we started walking along the Tiber River, the third longest river in Italy with 406 kms in length. We passed by several sights, a nice Christmas bazaar, fountains and parks. The wonderful thing was.. we didn’t really have a destination. So we just walked and fully enjoyed Rome by night.

A night bazaar
A Christmas bazaar
Rome by the Tiber River
Rome by the Tiber River
Rome at dusk
Rome at dusk
Lovely fountain
Lovely fountain
Rome from the Tiber River
Rome from the Tiber River

After a while, we reached the city center and only then that I realized that I actually missed one of the important landmarks of the city during the day tour – the Pantheon. It is a Roman temple turned church, built from 118-128 AD. Millions of people visit the site, which is also informally known as “Santa Maria Rotonda”.

The Pantheon by night
The Pantheon by night

Not far from the Pantheon is Piazza Navona, a beautiful piazza surrounded by Baroque Roman architecture and art. It has been a favorite public space and market by many since the 1600s. I was just awed by the magnificent fountains found in the piazza, like the Fountain of the Four Rivers built in 1651, featuring an obelisk in the center. There’s also the Fontana del Moro and the Fountain of Neptune, built in 1575 and 1574 respectively. Facing the piazza is the Palazzo Pamphilj, also built in the 1600s. The palace houses the Brazilian Embassy in Rome.

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Of course, the best part of the piazza were the night markets! One couldn’t help but love the beautiful stuff they sell there, and the aroma of Italian delicacies and treats. In December, they also put up rides and other amusement and entertainment facilities.

Rome by night
Rome by night
Italian Christmas markets
Italian Christmas markets
Rome by night
Rome by night

Would love to visit the city again. 🙂 Ah, I just love this lappy I’m using right now, c/o my loving and thoughtful bf. It makes blogging more fun and easy! After two wonderful years, the notebook I have been using for all my digital needs has started working really slow. 😛 Oh well, this is all for now. Cheers! Salut! ❤

Rome by night
Rome by night
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15 thoughts on “The eternal city of Rome by night – Piazza Navona, Tiber River, the Pantheon

  1. Oooh, I am getting jealous here . Rome by night , a dream ! Lovely images ( I just wish , they were bigger 😦 ) , but that is my bad eye’s thing I think 🙂 Well , I just recognized my most relevant problem in your post , my lame lappy 😦 I so need a new one , would love to know which one you went for ?!

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    1. I used to have a portable notebook, a Packard Bell, which I used for 2 years. This one my bf got me is Dell Latitude E6230. It’s super good to use and professional, and not so pricey! 🙂

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  2. I’m in love with Italy and i’ve visited it a few times so far – but i still have never got the chance to go to Rome 😦 Everyone that visited it said it has its own unique atmosphere. Can’t wait to go there!

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  3. Rome has been on my list forever now. I would really love it visit sometime soon. The pictures clearly suggest that you had lovely time 🙂

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  4. I have never had the opportunity to visit Rome but reading your post makes me want to travel there even more! I’ve always been worried that I would be disappointed by the pasta and pizza because I would expect too much! Did you enjoy the cuisine? 🙂

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    1. Oh yes! Though I had tasted the best ice creams in the world, but Rome proved me otherwise. Italian gelato is one of a kind. One can find Italian gelato everywhere, but it’s different and better when bought directly from Rome, or Italy. 🙂

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  5. Without a doubt, Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, made better because of the culture and all those historical structures. The Tibet River, from the photos, look … let’s say they did it so well that walking along the river is an activity that is enjoyable. Imagine how Pasig river here could be if the riverbanks were clean and occupied by commercial structures rather than the squatters.

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