Top 20 Pigna, Rome vacation rentals & luxury serviced apartments
Named for a pine cone fountain long since moved to the Vatican, Pigna is a tiny district that is usually thronged with architectural and religious pilgrims all on the hunt for the Pantheon. This fascination, which comes both from sheer wonder, and also a more complex response to a temple that has been dedicated to a variety of creeds, has understandably packed the surrounding streets with sellers of tat, bad ice cream and unforgivable violin versions of My Heart Will Go On. This is one of Rome's loudest areas, the restaurants and bars staying open late into the night, but the proximity to historic Rome is second to none. Duck behind the Pantheon and visit Piazza Minerva - the Basilica of S. Maria is one of the very few Gothic churches in the city - go for a snack at Moriondo e Gariglio, the oldest chocolate shop in Rome, and then, revitalised, duck into the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Make sure you get an audio guide - done by the Prince of the house, it's an wry, intimate view both into a staggering private art collection (Caravaggio, Velazquez and the rest) and a very unusual upbringing.