Planning a vacation to Rome? The Italian capital has many great attractions, don’t miss out on the Piazza del Popolo in the center of Rome!
This large piazza was designed by the architect Giuseppe Valadier, in a neoclassical style, and leads to one of the most important roads in Rome, Via Flaminia, that was built in 220 BC and connected Rome to the Adriatic coast, which made this square a center of passing through travelers and pilgrims who were impressed by the Nanni di Baccio Bigio signed gate named Portal Popoli, in the entrance of the famous square.
What to do near the Piazza Del Popolo in Rome
This square is the home to some of Rome’s unique attractions, such as the Egyptian obelisk of Sety Iom Heliopolis, the son of Ramesses I and Queen Sitre. The famous obelisk known as the Obelisco Flaminio, was originally set up in Circus Maximus in 10 BC, and moved to the center of the Piazza del Popolo in 1589 by the architect Domenico Fontana. It’s 73 feet tall and is decorated by four Egyptian lions that lay around, the obelisk was brought originally from the Sun Temple in Heliopolis and is a must-see!
The square also offers you two fountains that were designed by the same architect who designed the whole Piazza, Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) located on the western end, and Fontanal della di Roma, which means fountain of the goddess of Rome, located on the opposite side of the square. But these are not the only features of the Piazza del Popolo..
Also the remarkable Santa Maria di Miracoli church and the Santa Maria in Montesanto church are located at the piazza. Both churches are symmetrical, and designed by Carlo Rainaldi. They’re located on the southern end of the Popolo square, where you can find one of the popular streets in Rome, Vial Corso, that leads you straight to another great Roman square: Piazza Venezia. And then there’s another church! The third church that you can find in this square is the Santa Maria del Popolo built in 1472 where a 11th century chapel used to stand. Art works from Caravaggio and Raphael are still preserved in this church as well as Rome’s oldest stained glass windows. Something familiar about this church? It plays an important role in Dan Brown’s famous book “Angels & Demons” that was also turned into a movie with Tom Hanks as leading actor!
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