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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."
From EUR70.00

Piazza del Popolo Tips (96)

East Side of Popolo Piazza

From the east side it is possible to take steps and paths to the Pincio gardens above the piazza. It is all up hill....

Before we leave the piazza, here is an interesting, gruesome fact: For centuries this piazza was the place of public executions. (I felt no cold chills of any ghosts while here though...)

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Sep 04, 2006

Twin churches in Piazza del Poppolo

The design of the former entry to the city of Rome, now the shopping street Via del Corso, is enhanced by the two twins churches on each side of the beginning of this street. These are Santa Maria dei Miracoli (St.Mary of Miracles) and Santa Maria di Montesanto (St.Mary of the saint mount). While Santa Maria dei Miracoli was finished in 1597, its twin sister Santa Maria di Montesanto was not finished until 1675.

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Jan 23, 2006

The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

A small museum with real working models (some true to size) of da Vinci's machines. Tricky part is, some machines you can tinker with, others say "Do Not Touch". It was amusing to watch the two young curators admonishing the ones who touched the forbidden items.

Two favorite items: the closet of mirrors- check yourself out; and the gruesome horse-drawn wagon with scythes for mowing down enemies at the front, rear and sides.

Open daily 9:30 to 8pm.

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Sep 30, 2006

Piazza del Popolo

This is one of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome and the effect of the twin churches is amazing. My guide mentioned that the two baroque churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto are not exactly alike, but they do look alike on a first sight and the impression one gets is of something unforgettable. The piazza was created by Latino Giovenale Manetti in 1538 for Pope Paul III and the twin churches were added in the 17th century. The present symmetry was given by the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Valadier in the early 1800's. In the middle of the square lies a 3000 years old obelisk framed by four small fountains with lions. The piazza is closed to automotive traffic so you can stroll at your own pace and enjoy the sights.

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Jan 25, 2004
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Piazza del Popolo

Every one writes about the amount of walking you do in Rome - Via del Corso is one of the longest thoroughfares - time to dip your feet in the cooling waters of the fontana either side of Piazza del Popolo

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Jul 18, 2005

Piazza del Popolo

This square is another of the wonders of Rome. Here starts Via del Corso, one of the most important streets of the city that leads to Piazza Venezia. The twin churches of "Santa Maria in Montesanto" and "Santa Maria dei Miracoli", the XV century Santa Maria del Popolo, the second highest egyptian obelisk in Rome, are some of the masterpieces of this amazing square.

During all the year it is often the scenery for great open air concerts... very popular is the one held on new year's eve.

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Jun 04, 2003

Piazza del Popolo

This is one of our favourite places to visit, especially in the evenings. It is a gathering place for Romans and visitors alike and I prefer it to the crowds on the Spanish Steps.

Above the Piazza is a walkway to the Pincio Terrace where you can get a fabulous view of the city - even more spectacular at night.

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Oct 01, 2003

Piazza del Popolo

This was right by my hotel, so i got a chance to see this when i was brand new in Rome.

This was once the terminus of the road from Rome north, the Via Flaminia. For a long time this was the first place a visitor would see in Rome. It is a very large and attractive square.

At its center is the Egyptian obelisk of Seti. This was taken from the Temple of the Sun in Heliopolis and brought to Rome in 10 BC. The obelisk is 24 meters tall and is one of the oldest and tallest in Rome. Originally it was installed in the circus maximus to commemorate the conquest of Egypt. It was moved to its present location in the 16h century.

In my photo you will see the door behind the obelisk is the Porta del Popolo. This is actually farther away, but it was the terminus of the Via Flaminia, the road north.

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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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Feb 14, 2009

S. Maria dei Miracoli & S. Maria in Montesanto

The twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto were built in the 17th century by the architect Carlo Rainaldi who was given the task of creating symmetrical churches at Piazza del Popolo on lots of different sizes and shapes. He overcame the challenge by designing the twin domed churches, which appear symmetrical to the eye, yet one is oval and the other round.

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Apr 06, 2006

Piazza del Popolo

The obelisk in the middle of the piazza was taken from Egypt by emperor Augustus, he placed it at the Circus Maximus. In 1589 the pope had it placed at this piazza. A century later another pope ordered the two twin churches to be built.(see next tip) And in the 19th century the architect of Pincio gardens altered the piazza and it became the oval you see today.
In the 18th and 19th century the piazza was used for executions.
Nothing of this can be found here now.

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Feb 05, 2004

People square

Piazza del Popolo (people square) is a large square at one of the sides of Via del Corso. It laids under the Pincio, one of the best spot where to have a great view of the city. At the center of the square there is one of the oldest Obelysks in Rome, it has been brought from Egypt during the 10th century BC.
In the square there are also three important churches: Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. In particular Santa Maria del Popolo is interesting as inside there are two wonderful paintings of Caravaggio and elegant statues by Bernini.

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Oct 07, 2015

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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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