Piazza del Popolo

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Meaning the People’s Square, the Piazza del Popolo stands out by its central 24 meters-high Egyptian obelisk dedicated to Rameses II, brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Augustus. Most people, though, come to the piazza to see the Santa Maria del Popolo, a basilica that features two canvases by Caravaggio and other examples of magnificent Renaissance decoration.

There are two other temples in the square that are worth a visit, the twin churches of Santa Maria Dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, which look like exact copies but have many variations.

The Piazza del Popolo is known as being a crossing point for three of the main streets of Rome, Via del Corso in the center, Via del Babuino to the left and Via di Ripetta to the right. Redesigned by architect Giuseppe Valadier by the end of the 19th century in an elliptical form, the piazza also displays the old Porta del Popolo (once Porta Flaminia) and the Fontana dei Leoni, with its basins with lions.

The Fountain of Neptune points towards the Tiber river, while the fountain of the goddess Roma leads to the Pincio terrace in the back, from where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view over Rome.

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Piazza del Popolo 00187 Roma