Rome Piazza Del Popolo

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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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$