Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo, Rome: Hours, Address, Piazza del Popolo Reviews: 4.5/5

Piazza del Popolo
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Planned by Valadier at the beginning of the 19th century, this is considered one of the best urban works in Rome.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 3 min walk
  • Spagna • 10 min walk
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7,214 within 3 miles
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2,076 within 6 miles
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4.5
4,277 reviews
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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
Friends
It is perhaps the most iconic square in Rome, one of the most beautiful (and largest) squares, with the fountain of lions and the Flaminio obelisk in the center.
It is the point where Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta come together into the so called 'Trident".
It is reachable by metro A, Flaminio stop.
Parking nearby is very difficult and in any case for a fee.
It is often the site of events and sometimes concerts.
Don't forget to go up to the Pincio Terrace, to admire the panorama of Rome in all its beauty.
The terrace is accessed on foot by climbing a staircase.
Piazza del Popolo is surrounded by three churches and two splendid fountains, the Fountain of Neptune, which is smaller, and that one of the Goddess Roma, which has a valuable complex of many statues.
Recommended.
Written July 28, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
You can cram in an awful lot lot of sight-seeing in the one place at Pizza del Popolo.
The main drawcard is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo. An outwardly plain church, inside you’ll Carravaggio paintings and works by the Baroque genius, Bernini, the go-to guy for the popes, who was so in demand that he received commissions from 8 different popes.
You’ll also find the “twin” churches, three fountains, an ancient Egyptian obelisk and Porta del Popolo, the ancient gateway into the city.
In centre stage, a towering granite obelisk is surrounded by an impressive fountain with four lions. It’s a strange thing but Rome has more ancient Egyptian obelisks than Egypt. Roman emperors helped themselves to the grand monuments, shipping over 50 back to Rome to decorate stadiums and mausoleums. This particular one, the Flaminio Obelisk, was snaffled up by Augustus around 10AD and was installed it in the Circus Maximus.
The piazza is not right in the centre of things and we found it easiest to visit en route to the Borghese Gallery and gardens.
Written July 14, 2022
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA30,440 contributions
Solo
Piazza del Popolo was almost deserted in the rain (good thing!), so I had a perfect chance to appreciate its impressive ensemble.

First, I visited two beautiful twin churches, Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. These Baroque churches are small and do not boast opulent decor and yet they are very harmonious and intimate.

The rain has stopped and it was perfect time to walk on the Piazza del Popolo and admire two massive fountains, Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana della Dea Roma.

The Egyptian Obelisk in the center is another notable monument of Piazza del Popolo.

My visit to the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo with stunning Caravaggio’s masterpieces was the highlight of my day.
Written November 9, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
Friends
Piazza del Popolo is the entrance to one of the most beautiful places in the world, located at the top of a triangle of streets known as the Trident (via del Babuino - via del Corso - via di Ripetta), and forms the greatest access to the heart of Rome.
At the center of the square stands the obelisk called "Flaminio", with the fountain of the Lions, which is the base and surrounds the obelisk and consists of four round travertine basins,above which, on truncated pyramids in the shape of steps are four lions of white marble and Egyptian style, from whose mouths the water flows out in a fan shape.
It is an iconic landmark and a great place for young tourists to sit and eat ice cream on a nice day.
With its churches, its fountains and the great Flaminian Obelisk, this square welcomes thousands of visitors and tourists every day.
Point of arrival and departure for visiting the center, Piazza del Popolo is the right place to spend a fun afternoon: the main shopping streets start from this square and, if you take the stairs which are on the left of the piazza, you reach the Pincio Terrace that sits directly above Piazza del Popolo, at the end of Via del Corso.
From there you can admire all Rome in its beauty.
Written August 23, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,270 contributions
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 1589. On the south side of the piazza are twin churches Church of Saint Mary 'in Montesanto' and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. On the North side is an incredible church, Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo and Porta del Popolo. All this history! On the west side of this piazza is a fountain featuring Neptune. Then add the crowds of people hanging out, a fresh running fountain next the the Porta del Popolo – it’s just a place you should make time for if you come to Rome.
Written April 1, 2020
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Daniel&Amy
Rotorua, New Zealand301 contributions
How exactly is a piazza fun? Honestly, I didn't think it could be until we visited this bustling square earlier this morning. There was so much going on! From dancing acts to human mummies, accordion players, bubbles, and so much more - our short venture through a seemingly simple piazza was absolutely so much fun! The fountains and obelisk in the middle are also very cool. Nearby are Santa Maria del Popolo, the Villa Borghese, and the Flaminio metro station.
Written January 6, 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,387 contributions
Solo
Nice large square at the base of Pincian Hill. An Egyptian obelisk stands in the center of the square. There are several impressive stone statues/carvings built into the recesses of the square along with several fountains. A large gate and church stand at opposite sides of the square, both bearing the same name as the square. There is a taxi rank within the square. Many shops, boutiques and cafes line the narrow streets off the plaza.
Written March 7, 2020
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Am.Arte.Lover
Trieste, Italy335 contributions
Solo
There, hidden amidst the magnificient piazza you can admire two Caravaggio's Artwork.
La Crocifissione di San Pietro (sinistra-left)
La Conversione di San Paolo (destra-right)
This is a compulsory stop in piazza. Del Popolo.
Written February 17, 2020
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Ellen C
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA85 contributions
From our wonderful hotel, Rome Style (near the Spanish Steps) we strolled along Via del Bubuino popping in dozens of churches (to view free amazing art) and enjoy delightful shopping, both high-end world renowned designers and small interesting shops. Lots of places to enjoy coffee or a bite to eat ending at Piazza del Popolo. There are four churches on this piazza. The church in the 2:00 quadrant, Santa Maria del Popolo, has two fantastic Caravaggio paintings ... more spectacular art for free in Rome!!
An amazing stroll and day.
Written January 13, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
Piazza del Popolo is one of the most famous squares in the north of Rome at the foot of Pincio. You can admire the two twin churches: Santa Maria in Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli . There is the third church, the oldest, which is called the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, which was built in the 11th century, but was completed in the years 1472–1477 in a more Renaissance style. In 1589, Pope Sixtus V placed an Egyptian obelisk which is 24 m high in the center of the square, transferred from Circus Maximus. It was an obelisk erected by Ramses II in Heliopolis, which was brought to Rome in 10 BC. by emperor Octavian August. In 1818, sculptures of lions were mounted at the base of the obelisk. One of the quieter squares. A wonderful corner of Rome.
Written March 7, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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