"Piazza del Popolo" Piazza del Popolo Tip by illumina
Piazza del Popolo, Rome: 95 reviews and 194 photos
This is a large, open, almost empty square, redesigned in 1816, and contains one of Rome's many obelisks, this one of Ramese II. It's a pleasant place, and seems less popular (no pun intended!) than many of the other squares; it wasn't crowded at all.
The paving of the square was allegedly paid for by taxes levied on prostitution, and the piazza was once a place for public executions, the last of which took place in 1826. There are three fine churches around the square, and fountains around the base of the obelisk as well as to the east and west of the square. There is also the Porta del Popolo, the northern gate of the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of Ancient Rome. It was reconstructed to it's current appearance by Pope Alexander VII in 1655.
Just around the corner are the gates to the Villa Borghese (2nd photo).
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