When in Rome, you can’t miss Piazza del Popolo. After a day of shopping or window-shopping in Via del Corso and in the expensive Via dei Condotti, you can explore Piazza del Popolo.
Piazza del Popolo is one of the largest squares in Rome. Porta del Popolo, once called Porta Flaminia, was the starting point of Via Flaminia. The architect Giuseppe Valadier gave to the square the Neoclassical aspect between 1811 and 1822.
The square has magnificent fountains. The Fontana del Nettuno shows Neptune with the trident and two dolphins
In the centre of the square, there’s Fontana dell’Obelisco, with four lions protecting the obelisk
Rome between the Tiber and the Aniene are on the east side of the square
In the very centre of the square, there’s an Egyptian obelisk
Three sides of the obelisk were carved during the reign of Sety I and the fourth side, under Rameses II.
The twin churches, one is currently being repaired, are called Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Monsanto. They were designed by Carlo Rainaldi and completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana. They are not mere copies of one another. They are Neoclassical but vary in their aspect with Baroque details.
If you want to see one of the most beautiful skylines of Rome, you can walk to the Pincio through the steps of Salita del Pincio.
After the tiring hike, you will enjoy the beauty of Piazza del Popolo and, once again, the Cupolone of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Someone left a message of love for her lover.
A beautiful walk and a beautiful day!
I hope you enjoyed the visit!