Fontane Sarcofago in Piazza del Popolo, Rome

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#329 of 525 in Historic Sites in Rome
Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The name in modern Italian literally means "People's Square", but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name.The piazza lies inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, and now called the Porta del Popolo. This was the starting point of the Via Flaminia, the road to Ariminum (modern-day Rimini) and the most important route to the north. At the same time, before the age of railroads, it was the traveller's first view of Rome upon arrival. For centuries, the Piazza del Popolo was a place for public executions, the last of which took place in 1826.Valadier's designThe layout of the piazza today was designed in neoclassical style between 1811 and 1822 by the architect Giuseppe Valadier, He removed a modest fountain by Giacomo Della Porta, erected in 1572, and demolished some insignificant buildings and haphazard high screening walls to form two semicircles, reminiscent of Bernini's plan for St. Peter's Square, replacing the original cramped trapezoidal square centred on the Via Flaminia.
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  • Located in the northern section of Piazza del Popola, is two small sarcophagus fountains, one tucked in the side of the Leonardo Davinci museum building (which is currently covered in scaffold...  more »
  • These sarcophagus fountains have been part of the Piazza for a very long time.They are an integral part of it. One fountain depicts a couple, male and female, and the other one male figure. They are.....  more »
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  • Here, in this building, along with the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Christmas time, the exhibition of the whole of Italy: ' 100 Presepi. The exhibits are made of various materials: pasta, cereals, nuts and bolts, rocks, wood, straw and many more. Exposure there are moving and not moving, different styles. Highly recommend! The entrance fee there was a 10 euro
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