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""Square of the People" - Piazza del Popolo" Piazza del Popolo Tip by WheninRome

Piazza del Popolo, Rome: 94 reviews and 189 photos

  Fountain in Center of Piazza del Popolo
by WheninRome
  • Fountain in Center of Piazza del Popolo - Rome
      Fountain in Center of Piazza del Popolo
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  • Obelisk in Center of Piazza del Popolo - Rome
      Obelisk in Center of Piazza del Popolo
    by WheninRome

Piazza del Popolo was one of my favorite squares in Rome, second only to Piazza Navona. We spent a majority of New Year's Eve here and enjoyed it greatly. The people watching and fireworks were wonderful.

In the main picture accompanying this tip you will notice a lion statue. This statue is part of a fountain in the middle of the square. There are actually 4 different lions at each corner of the fountain and a large obelisk in the middle of the fountain (the obelisk was originally constructed in Egypt and when brought to Rome was first located at the Circus Maximus).

If you visit Piazza del Popolo, be sure to climb atop one of the lions (watch your step though!) and take a seat on its back and have your picture taken.

Piazza del Popolo is very close to the Spanish Steps and is an important part of Rick Steve's "Night Walk". Though we didn't follow Mr. Steve's "Night Walk" exactly as suggested in his book, we did do a lot of night walking through here on New Year's Eve and I would highly recommend this as a place to visit at night.

Directions: Take Metro Line A (Orange Line) to the Flaminio stop. Pass through the large Aurelian Wall and you're there.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2009
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