Piazza del Popolo

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tj1777 tj1777
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Piazza del Popolo Dec 29, 2011
1826 the last execution takes place at Piazza del Popolo

Fact about the obelisks on the Piazza: “The Egyptian obelisks on the square is the second tallest in Rome and the hieroglyphs on it was used in a study by Georg Zoëga to decipher them - he almost succeeded but the final translation of the hieroglyphs had to wait for the discovery of the Rosetta stone.”

The Piazza del Popolo is one of the biggest squares in the centre of Rome. Today it’s a nice and peaceful mainly pedestrian area and you don’t have anything reminding you of the somewhat sinister history as the place for public executions in Rome.

The square is dominated by a tall obelisk in the centre with a fountain around it. On the two main entrances to the square you will find three churches in total - that’s right one square equals three churches in this city. Two of the churches is on each side of the Via del Corso - the main street of the centre of Rome.

On each side of the square you will see two more big fountains - one of which is just beneath a hill - if you walk up this hill you will have a great view of the city from the Pincio.
North entrance to the square
South entrance to the square - Via…
The obelisk
The northern end of the square
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning squre in Rome Feb 20, 2010
Originally the place for public executions until the nineteenth century, the Piazza del Popolo has its fair share of history. These days however, it makes for a more pleasant atmosphere, and many people come to this square just to walk aroud.

Taking pride of place in the centre of the square is this wonderful Egyptian obelisk of Sety I; it was originally bought into Rome by the Emperor Augustus. The edge of the square is adorned by these lovely fountains, and towards the back up the stairs, there is a nice park area to walk through as well.

For a square, this doesn't seem like much of a site to visit. But this is Rome, where history and beauty go hand in hand, and even a square such as this is well worth the visit.
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sylviandavid says:
Wonderful place!
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012
cavlizzy says:
I love this spot too!
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011
spocklogic says:
I found the park above one of the best places to really rest in Rome. The piazza leads out into several streets too split by a set of spectacular duomos. Good shopping and people watching that way...
Posted on: Jan 13, 2011
Eric Eric
408 reviews
May 12, 2006
Piazza del Popolo is good starting point to explore the rest of Rome and it is easily accessible by metro. The gate at the north of the Piazza was the starting point ofVia Flaminia, one of the most important roads in ancient Rome.In typical Roman fashion, the large streets branching off from this piazza all lead to other, important monuments. If you are standing at the ancient Roman gate at the north of the Piazzaand facing south, you will see paths leading to the Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Venenzia, Piazza Navona, and Piazza San Pietro -- some of the most important spots in Rome.

Don't forget to stop by Santa Maria del Popolo, one of the churches that borders the piazza, and check out the Caravaggio's!
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sylviandavid says:
I love how the different Piazzas in Rome are located close together.... made us feel like we knew where we were going.... sorta....
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012
cavlizzy says:
so you like the Caravaggio's too!! These are some of my favorite paintings.......
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011
foolz0r says:
Popolo is a funny word!
Posted on: May 14, 2006

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