"The Square that Nobody Wanted" Rome Favorite Tip by mrclay2000

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  Piazza del Popolo
by mrclay2000

Favorite thing: The Piazza del Popolo at the north end of the city is the first thing to greet people entering through the Porta Flaminia. Access to the Villa Borghese is just outside the gates from this square, which has the four lions gurgling acqua beneath another obelisk. At times the square is used to display new cars, and motorcycles often choke the environs. The square has some great overlooks on its perimeter, and two thoroughfares going straight to the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Venezia, but otherwise this square attracts the people who have no other square to use. Personally I like the place, but not because of its crowd of outcasts and misfits. Without much merit of its own, it is closely associated with the dearest parts of Rome.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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