Piazza del Popolo has long served as meeting place for the people of Rome. Begin your tour of the large square with a look at the northern gate's inscription, which reads, "For a happy and blessed entrance." This message was left for Queen Christiana upon her arrival to the city following her conversion to Roman Catholicism. In the center, marvel at the ancient Egyptian obelisk brought to Rome in 10 BCE. Admire the square's almost identical churches and see if you can spot the differences between them. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Piazza del Popolo by using our Rome attractions planner.
Tours To Piazza del Popolo
Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Duration: 7 hours
Piazza del Popolo Reviews
The Egyptian obelisk of Sety I (later erected by Ramses II) from Heliopolis. It was originally brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Augustius and set up in Circus Maximus. It was re-erected here in... more »
Really nice square with a big obelisk in the center of it and a small fountain at the base. There are also two fountain at the edges and the Twin Churches. You can combine its visit with Villa... more »
Such a beautiful place to spend the Christmas afternoon! It is sunny and warm. Enough people to bring just the right amount of energy and excitement but not overly crowded. We are loving it!
Grand plaza with wide open space in the early morning then bustles with humanity in the evening especially in the Christmas season as adjacent shopping streets are packed with shoppers. 350 year old northern gate to the Old City of Rome is at the north side of the plaza. A plundered (by Romans), 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk sits impressively in the middle, and two similar churches at the southern end . Peoples Plaza.
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