Piazza del Popolo, Rome

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  • View of the piazza's twin churches and obelisk
    View of the piazza's twin churches and...
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  • Lady peeing in the bushes(!) at the Pincio Gardens
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  • The Piazza del Popolo

    by kedi+ Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Piazza del Popolo was designed by Valadier at the beginning of the IX century; it is considered as one of the best urbanistic buildings in the city. (This piazza was a quiz question for me! )In the middle of the big space the second biggest obelisk in Rome is located, which was brought by the Emperor Augustus, and here erected by Fontana during the time of Sisto V.
    On the slopes of the Pincio terrace, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view, stands the church of S. Maria del Popolo, built around the XI century and completely restored during the Renaissance. Inside it you can find many masterpieces by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio. The second aisle from the left side houses the Chigi Chapel designed by Raphael in the Renaissance.
    On the square too stand the two Twins Churches of S. Mary in Montesanto and S. Mary of Miracles, that, though very similar externally, present many differences in their interiors.
    Another element characterising the big space of the square is Porta del Popolo, which was the most important way for the access to Rome through the consular road Flaminia.

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    Piazzas generally

    by ayesh Written Feb 5, 2003

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    Oké, I am not gonna tell you about áll the squares in Rome, but there are some that you can easily plan to check out while you´re walking around anyway.
    Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Rotonda, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Campo de´Fiori, Piazza Campidoglio: you will probably see most of these squares while you´re out sightseeing, but some of them you will have to attend especially to see the square itself.
    At the Piazza del Popolo for instance it´s nice to sit at the obelisk with the lion fountains and watch the twin-churches Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

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    Twin Churches of Popolo

    by Packerman Written Jan 11, 2003

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    Carlo Rainaldi designed the two churches to provide a background to the obelisk and a theatrical entrance to via del Corso. They look exactly the same, but are different. The church on the left is eliptical with a twelve-sided dome and the church on the right is circular with an octagonal dome. I didn't go inside either church, but I think both have basic interiors, but I could be wrong.

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    Piazza Del Popolo

    by Packerman Written Jan 11, 2003

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    This large circle of concrete with a large fountain in the middle is called the Piazza Del Popolo, which means the square of the people. The fountain is made up of an old obelisk brought from Egypt and it was raised in 1589 by Sixtus V and Domenico Fontana. The basins and marble lions at the base were added later. On the east and west side of the piazza are neo-classical statues with fountains. It is a very wide open space and somewhat refreshing to be in, after spending time in the midst of the crowds down the narrower Roman streets. This piazza has three streets diverging from it like three prongs of a trident. Via del Babuino, Via del Corso, and Via di Ripetta. Via del Babuino will lead you to the Spanish Steps. Via del Corso will lead you to San Carlo al Corso church and the main street of the three, especially for shopping, and Via di Ripetta will take you past the Mausolea di Augusto.

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    Twin churches

    by June.b Written Jun 24, 2010

    The churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto (left) built 1662-1675 and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (right) built 1675-1779. Located on the north side of the Piazza Del Popolo.

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    A Wonderful View to Popolo Piazza

    by Rhondaj Written Sep 4, 2006

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    The best part of Piazzale Napoleone is the view down into Popolo Piazza. Wonderful photo opportunity. We took some pictures and then exited the rear of the square to walk the Pincio gardens.

    looking down from Napoleone Piazzale
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    Piazza Wonders

    by sandravdp Written Jun 22, 2006

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    Some lovely items to admire at this piazza: what to think of the big obelisk, villa borghese and a lion fountain?

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by bonio Updated May 10, 2006

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    Passed through this impressive square as the premiere of Mission Impossible III was about to start, didn't stop!

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    Piazza Del Popolo

    by daryll Written May 17, 2005

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    Get there and visit the twin sisters shapel. Right opposite there is the Lab use by Leanardo Da Vinci which open as a exhibition museum.

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    Piazza del Popolo obelisk

    by Julius_Caesar Written May 7, 2005

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    Over 3,000 years old, the obelisk was originally brought to Rome by Augustus to adorn the Circus Maximus after the conquest of Egypt.

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    A wolf and 2 Babies

    by Buckz Updated Mar 2, 2005

    We have all heard the tale of Romulus, Remus and the Wolf, but in Piazza Del Popolo there is a Statue to the 3 of them.
    You may need to click on the picture to see them properly.

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by shivan Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    Piazza del Popolo at sunset as seen from the Pincio Terrace inside Villa Borghese, one of the largest gardens in Rome.

    This square is not a parking anymore, so it is far more enjoyable

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    St. Peter's Square

    by paradisedreamer Written May 24, 2003

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    St. Peter's Square (a Bernini creation) lies in front of St Peter’s Basilica and is bigger than you would expect

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    Twin Churches of Popolo

    by sandysmith Written Mar 30, 2003

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    Santa Maria del Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto are the twin chuches which flank the porta del Popolo.

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by sandysmith Written Mar 30, 2003

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    This beautiful large cobbled oval piazza is dominated by an Egyptian obelisk - one of several in Rome - which came from the racetrack of Circus Maximus.

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