It is an enormous square. Piazza del Popolo is architecturally superb and perfectly symmetrical. In the centre, there is the city’s second obelisk. Emperor Augustus brought it to Rome from Egypt. Due to the size of the square, it hosts many demonstrations and other events. Once we get here on our tour, we will take you up to the Pinci hill. From there you will observe the whole square:)!
Ghost of Nero
According to the legend, this place was hunted by Nero’s spirit in the early middle ages. They had deposited his ashes in the Domitian family’s tomb. That is the reason why people destroyed the Mausoleum and built a church there. They call the church Santa Maria Del Popolo. Is one of the most interesting churches in Rome. They probably built it in the 11th century. Later they completely reconstructed it in early Renaissance. There are many beautiful pieces of art in this church You can admire there for example “Adoration of the Child” or “Coronation of the Virgin” by Pinturichio. There are another two pictures “Saul on the road to Damascus” and the “Crucifixion of St. Peter. These two pictures are the masterpieces of the famous artist Caravaggio.
The Chigi Chapel
In Santa Maria Del Popolo there is another interesting part. It is the second chapel in the left aisle. The consider this chapel a real jewel of Renaissance. On the altar, you can see the “Birth of the Virgin” by Sebastiano del Piombo. At the corners, there are four prophets. On the sides of this chapel, there are the tombs of the Chigi Family.
The Twin Churches
Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli are the two churches which are surrounding the beginning of Via Del Corso. Italians really call the twin churches. They look quite alike, right? If you look at them more thoroughly you will find a few differences:). The two buildings, which give Piazza del Popolo a baroque appearance, were started by Carlo Rainaldi and completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with the collaboration of Carlo Fontana.
The Lions and Obelisk
In 1823 Valadier replaced the old fountain with a completely new structure. It takes its place in the middle of Piazza del Popolo. There are four marble lions at every corner of the obelisk. Valadier decided to build the whole structure in Egyptian style so that it would support the monumentality of the obelisk. From the lion’s jaws whose jaws plunges a jet f water into a basin, arranged on a short staircase on which the entire monument is placed.
Porta del Popolo
This magnificent and large gate was one of the most important entrances to Rome. Behind the gate, there were already fields, meadows and villages. They placed it into the Aurelian walls which surrounded the whole city before. The original name was Porta Flaminia because from here the Flaminia consular road was starting.
Via Del Corso
This is the main shopping street in the city. It leads from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia with Vittoriano. The first part of the street is just for pedestrians. You can enjoy your shopping spree with no cars;). There are many international and also Italian boutiques and shops. If you need to have a break you can relax in one of many bars or gelaterias here in this area:)!
If you get tired of the people in the streets of the city you can climb up the Pincio hill. Not only that you can the landscape from the city including Piazza del Popolo from there. You can also loiter around and chill in one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. They call this park Villa Borghese. It is the right place for long walks in the shades of the trees or for a family picnic on the lawn:)!