The Barberini Metro Stop (MA)
Updated: Jun 29
The Barberini Metro Stop on Line A, or MA in Rome, is a personal favorite. Climbing up to street level, you step out into the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City. However, you are just a few short blocks from some of the greatest attractions.
The Trevi fountain it’s just a few blocks to the west through main roads or smaller arteries with plenty of tourist shops and restaurants, on the way. Everything from handmade puppets, pizza and delicious pasta, and Murano Glass are available along this route.
Once you have seen the Trevi, the famous site of many movies over the years, walk just a few more blocks to the southeast and you will find the Pantheon. Along the way, go inside the Temple of Hadrian. This free to visit antiquity has been completely renovated and has an incredible display on tourism in Rome. The Chamber of Commerce display indicates on any given day, that half of the the population of the city is comprised of visitors.
The Pantheon is overwhelming. It’s obvious size is astounding, but it’s age and condition are sensational. Remarkably the Pantheon has been undamaged for over 2000 years. It was a wonder of the ancient world, as no one at the time recorded how to construct the dome. Brunelleschi in the 1400s studied the Pantheon to build the Florence Cathedral dome.
Over 100 years later, the Pantheon was the model once again for the building of the Dome at Saint Peters Basilica. Later, design features were applied from Florence by Michelangelo, and a few more tricks from della Porta.
Heading back to the north east you will soon arrive at the Spanish steps. This location is also visited by many tourist, so expect crowds. Often used as a common meet meeting place, lots of interesting shops and restaurants surround the area. I do not recommend using Spagna Metro Stop for this location, as the majority of the entrances and exits to the subway are on the wrong side of the city walls making for a challenging walk.
However, walking southeast, to the Barberini Metro Station is a breeze from the Spanish steps. A block north of the subway station, you’ll find the Capuchin Crypt located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. Featured inMany documentaries, this small museum and crypt contain the skeletons remains of 3,700 Capuchin friars buried by their order.
Finally, just a few steps away is the National Gallery of Ancient Art in the Barberini Palace or Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica. If you like antiquities, the Palazzo Barbrini is full of some of the oldest paintings in Rome.
This subway stop is a must-do for travelers looking to see multiple Roman attractions, with the least amount of connecting travel. Remember, MA stop Spagna is not as well placed for this area as Barberini.