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Private Tours: A Journey through the Ancient Rome
"The tour may have variations of the route or attractions based on the type of option you choose or the will of the customer.The driver will meet you in the hotels' reception or at the address indicated by you at 9:00 in the morning to explore the wonders of Rome.You start the tour by visiting one of the most famous places of the cit Basilica of St. Peter where you can admire the beauty of the house of Catholicism. Along Corso Vittorio Emanuele named in honor of the last king of Italy you will reach Piazza Navona (Stadium of Domitian) where you can enjoy the works of art by Bernini and Borromini and you can taste the local specialties in the many bars and restaurants After going to the Pantheon you will continue on to the Colo where as usual throw coins into the water as a good omen to return again to Rome and you can eat the delicious ice cream.Moving then to Piazza di Spagna with the famous staircase you reach the end in Piazza del Popolo for a final stop before returning to your h
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Segway Tour Around Imperial Rome
"You will meet with your guides in Via Ludovisi 60. The lesson begins and departure from Via Ludovisi continue to Via Veneto towards Porta Pinciana.Porta Pinciana you will go with your guide in Villa Borghese admiring the beauty of the whole park in the heart of Rome.Once you get to the famous Pincio terrace where you can admire the view of Rome continue in the direction of Piazza Del Popolo
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Small-Group Segway Tour: Panoramic Night Tour of Rome
"The night tour starts at Piazza Montevecchio goes to Vatican Church and St. Angel's Castle. Then we visit Mausoelo Augusto and go through the Via Margutta originally the residence of many famous artists. Then we head to the Piazza del popolo where it is easy to move to the Pincio one of the knolls where the view of the entire historical center is stunning. After having seen another beautiful view from the top of the Spanish steps you can throw a coin into the glamorous Trevi Fountain. After visiting The Pantheon and Piazza Navona we will return to the meeting point."
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Piazza del Popolo Tips (96)

Grand scale - but area seems a bit seedy

I walked down to the Piazza del Popolo after spending much of the day up the hill at the Borghese Gardens. It is true to say that the scale of the piazza is grand by anyones standard.

There are some interesting architectural features such as the Porta del Popolo which is one of the old gates into Rome (medieval) and the twin churches either side of Via Del Corso - Santa Maria del Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto.

The squares main church is Santa Maria del Popolo and I was surprised at how tucked away in a corner it seems. Sadly it was closed when we got there and so we couldn't go inside (it closes between 12 noon and 4pm).

The disappointing aspect of the piazza is however how seedy the area feels. There are numerous cafes nearby, in particular at the entrances to teh streets leading off the piazza but all have a tacky, touristy and/or dubious look about them in my opinion and I wasn't at all tempted to linger.

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Nov 06, 2011

Piazza of Beauty and Harmony

I adore urban planning which unites streets, buildings, monuments and piazzas into one harmonious whole. Piazza del Popolo is the perfect example in Rome.

Originally (1538) this was the grand entrance to the city of Rome from the north, through the Porta del Popolo gate in the wall. Entering through this gate you see a piazza in the shape of a perfect circle, a 36 meter high Egyptian obelisk in the center, and twin Baroque churches at the far end, standing guard at the starting point of Via del Corso: Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto.

The road leading west from the piazza, V. F. di Savoia, leads directly to the bridge of Regina Margherita on the Tiber, and then on the west bank of the river it changes to Via Cola di Renzio leading to the Piazza di Risorgimento and the walls of the Vatican.

Undoubtedly, the best spot to see this whole Roman vista is the Pincio Hill garden, on the border of the Villa Borghese gardens: This view is certainly worth the climb!

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Oct 03, 2011

piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo is People’s square (popolo is people in Italian) but according to my guide book its name comes from poplars, the flower plant.

The square is very big and its one of the places that people gather for major events like New Years Eve, football celebrations etc 2 centuries before it was a place for public executions too but that cant be seen anymore (don’t bother to look for them in Colosseum, nothing there too).

You can see the Porta del Popolo(pic 1) which was the Porta Flaminia in ancient Rome when the square was just inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls that surrounded the city. The walls were demolished many centuries before but the square is enclosed by semicircular walls that date from the beginning of 19th century.

The morning we visited there was a small festival about babies (pic 2). I think the square is ugly but it looked much better during the night(pic 3).

In the center of the square you can see the obelisco Flaminio(Popolo Obelisk )(pic 4), a tall Egyptian obelisk that was erected by Rameses II from Heliopolis although 3 sides of it are carved by Sety I and only one by Ramesses. It was brought to Rome in 10BC but originally it was set up in the Circus Maximus until 1589 when it moved here.
At the bottom of the obelisk is the Fontana dell’Obelisco, where you can have your photo over the lions like every tourist does :) The four small fountains are 4 lions over different stepped plinths at the four corners of the obelisk.
Another fountain on the square is Fontana del Nettuno (pic 5), where you can see Neptune and 2 dolphins.

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Mar 20, 2011

Piazza del Popolo

The People's Square as commonly known in the english world has taken its name from the church of Santa Maria Del Popolo which is also in the plaza.

The plaza is in fact a popular execution until the year 1826. It's now a popular square where people congregate or just sit around the egyptian obelisk - of Ramses II of Heliopolis (Egypt) - and wait for the sunset.

The street Via Ripetta which is one of a branch street of the plaza is a popular pedestrian shopping street, and there are a lot of outdoor cafe and restos here.

The plaza could get very busy with a lot of people and there are first-aide medics on bicycles standing by with an ambulance on the side near the church.

It's also romantic in late afternoon with a musician (sax or violinist) right next to the obelisk playing music that could be heard in the whole plaza. And what would best compliment the romantic atmosphere than people selling roses around here, plenty of them.

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Jun 24, 2010
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Piazza del Popolo

The Piazza del Popolo was designed by Valadier at the turn of the century. It is an enormous square, architecturally superb and perfectly symmetrical. In the center stands the city's second obelisk which was brought to Rome by Augustus and re-erected here by Fontana under Sixtus V in 1589. There are two twin churches of Santa Maria on the square - Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

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Oct 09, 2009

Piazza del Popolo

One of the more famous squares in Rome, Piazza del Popolo was designed to resemble St Peter's Square. A 3000 year old Ancient Egyptian obelisk, brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus to be placed in the centre of Circo Massimo, was moved to Piazza del Popolo in the 16th century. It is mounted in the middle of the square over a fountain by Domenico Fontana. Surrounding the piazza on one side are the twin domed churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, and on the other are Porta del Popolo and the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, to which the piazza owes its name. Overlooking the piazza is Pincio Garden, a small park on a hill adjacent to Villa Borghese. Piazza del Popolo is a popular gathering place and it is also where New Year's Eve outdoor festivities take place in Rome.

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Aug 18, 2009

Piazza del Popolo

This square is probably one of the most beautiful of Rome a city full of beautiful squares. Its name translates as the square of the people although its origin comes from poplars.
The square was the place of the city gates of the Aurelian walls (built in III AC to protect the city from barbarians) and the place where one of the main routes of the city, towards the north started. It was the first image of the city and a place where, until the middle of the XIX century, public executions took place.
Starting in this square there is the Pincian Hill a public park, a hill called by the romans the hill of gardens due to the several gardens and villas that existed in this place and the name is from one of the local families of that time. The today desing comes from the beginning of the XIX century.
In the square there is also a church that dates back to the XI century and dedicated to Our Lady. The place was believed to be haunted by the ghost of Nero.
The look of the plaza today has a neoclassical style dating back to XIX century and designed by Valadier. In the centre of the square there is an Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II from Heliopolis

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Jun 28, 2009

The old gate to the city

Piazza del Popolo... I guess almost European country has one and Rome is no exception to the rule. The name means "the square of the people", but it is believed that in fact the piazza was named after the poplar trees that we can see on the NE side of the piazza.

The Roman Piazza del Popolo is the ancient entrance to the city. It was a small piazza that went through a face lift in 1480 when Pope Sixtus IV decided to change its appearance and transform it into the large and impressive piazza we see today.

The piazza is very close to the Spanish Steps, therefore you may want to add it to your itinerary on the day you visit the Spanish Steps.

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"Square of the People" - Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo was one of my favorite squares in Rome, second only to Piazza Navona. We spent a majority of New Year's Eve here and enjoyed it greatly. The people watching and fireworks were wonderful.

In the main picture accompanying this tip you will notice a lion statue. This statue is part of a fountain in the middle of the square. There are actually 4 different lions at each corner of the fountain and a large obelisk in the middle of the fountain (the obelisk was originally constructed in Egypt and when brought to Rome was first located at the Circus Maximus).

If you visit Piazza del Popolo, be sure to climb atop one of the lions (watch your step though!) and take a seat on its back and have your picture taken.

Piazza del Popolo is very close to the Spanish Steps and is an important part of Rick Steve's "Night Walk". Though we didn't follow Mr. Steve's "Night Walk" exactly as suggested in his book, we did do a lot of night walking through here on New Year's Eve and I would highly recommend this as a place to visit at night.

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Feb 08, 2009

New Year's Eve at Piazza del Popolo

There are 2 places to be as a tourist in Rome on New Year's Eve: Piazza del Popolo for the fireworks and partying or the Colosseum for the concert and partying.

We chose Piazza del Popolo. It was pretty crazy. From 21:00 until 24:00 the Piazza was full of partygoers setting off their own fireworks. Immediately after midnight the government-sanctioned fireworks went off and it was at least a half hour show. One of the best fireworks displays that I have ever seen.

Coming from the U.S., where public drinking of alcohol is illegal, it was surprising to see alcohol being drank in public. It was obviously not illegal as many police were nearby and watching the events.

There were a couple vendors set up (1 near the Metro stop at Piazza del Popolo and 1 near the Spanish Steps) where you could purchase sandwhiches, champagne and beer.

WARNING: It was impossible to get a cab after midnight. We saw more taxis than you could imagine all week when we didn't need them, but after midnight on New Year's there was not a single available one to be found. It was a long walk back to our hotel.

It was great to experience a universal event like New Year's Eve in another country. We had a wonderful time that we will never forget.

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Jan 19, 2009

Public Square

This used to be the gathering place for public when Roman Emperor was addressing. It is comparatively large to the other squares in Rome. The symmetry catches the eye. The fountains on both sides are perfect for refreshing your feet after a long day of walking.

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Oct 05, 2008

Some souvenirs!

Even the most avid souvenir collector would have trouble matching the efforts of some of Rome's emperors , and modern day luggage allowances would be stretched to the limit too. Finding somewhere to put an Egyptian obelisk once you got it home could pose a problem as well.

None of these things got in the way of the Romans who, like almost all who have followed them to the great Kingdom on the Nile, fell under the thrall of this extraordinary civilization. It wasn't just Cleopatra who bewitched the greatest generals of their day - the first emperor, Augustus, was sometimes portrayed as an Egyptian Pharaoh, the gods of the Nile were admitted to the Roman Pantheon and it was Augustus who brought two Egyptian obelisks back to Rome, the first of many that appeared in the city, both authentically Egyptian and Roman copies, over the next 300 years. By the mid-16th century, all but one were in ruins, broken and scattered, exotic remnants of the Rome that was gone.

Thirteen are standing today, repaired and placed in strategic places in the urban renewal that took place under Pope Sixtus V, their pagan origins muted by the addition of Christian crosses and papal symbols. You'll find some of them at:

Piazza del Popolo - one of those brought to Rome by Augustus in 30BC, this obelisk was first erected by Rameses II in Heliopolis and dedicated to the sun. In Roman times it stood in the middle of the Circus Maximus.

Piazza delle Quirinale - this is one of a pair of obelisks that guarded the entrance to Augustus' mausoleum. It has no heiroglyphs and is flanked by huge sculptures of Castor and Pollux that were moved here from the Baths of Constantine at the same time as the obelisk was erected.

Piazza Navona - currently rising out of a hoarding rather than the magnificent Bernini fountain which is currently undergoing restoration. A Roman obelisk, it was originally erected by Domitian after the fire that destroyed much of the city (including many of the buildings in the Forum) in 80AD.

Piazza della Rotunda (outside the Pantheon) - a small Egyptian obelisk from Heliopolis.

Piazza di Santa Maria sopra Minerva - another small Egyptian obelisk, this one sits atop a delicious sculpture of an elephant - the idea of Bernini, though not his work.

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Aug 11, 2008

Things to Do Near Piazza del Popolo

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Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo

This Augustinian Church is situated in Piazza del Popolo's north side. Santa Maria del Popolo is renowned for its Renaissance and Baroque art work done by several famous artists particularly by...
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Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Santa Maria dei Miracoli is part of The Twin Churches of Rome. This church and Santa Maria di Montesanto (built in 1679 and was covered up when I was visiting Piazza del Popolo) were financed by...
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The first time I climbed to the Pincio terrace I found it wonderful that there was not a single skyscraper, not a single tower, not a single high building at the horizon. No architectural injury was...
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Basilica Santa Maria del Popolo

The church of Santa Maria del Popolo, where in Angels and Demons Robert Langdon goes to look for the "hole of the Devil", was built initially from a small chapel built by Pope Paschal II. Why that...
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Mausoleum of Augustus - Mausoleo di Augusto

The Mausoleum of Augustus really does not have much going for it as you can only view it from afar and not enter it. The best way to see it might be from the top deck of a hop on hop off bus. If...
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Villa Medici

The famous Villa Medici in Piazza della Trinita Monti was formerly the house in Rome of the Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (and part of the Medici Clan who is famous for the...
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