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Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Poplo, Tome, Province of Rome, 00187

The Basics

Visit Piazza del Popolo to experience one of Rome’s largest public squares, marking the start of the ancient Via Flaminia. One side is anchored by Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto churches; the 15th-century Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo sits opposite. In the 19th century, architect Giuseppe Valadier reshaped the square around a central Egyptian obelisk. Don't miss the scenic overlook from Pincio gardens, connected by a switchback lane and pedestrian stairs.

A visit to the piazza is included in many Rome highlights tours on foot or by bike, e-bike, Vespa scooter, and Segway. A visit to Piazza del Popolo is easy to pair with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and ancient Rome, the Borghese Gallery, or the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. For a photogenic view, join a sunset or evening tour of Rome.

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Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain
Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain
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$31.42 per adult
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Great walking tour!
Vasco was an excellent tour guide! He was so knowledgeable and a true lover of Rome. We highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to get to know the city better.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The pedestrian-only square is easy to manage for families with young kids.

  • Wear comfortable shoes for touring and bring a sun hat as the square has no shade.

  • Piazza del Popolo is completely accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

  • Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll want to capture the view of Rome from the scenic overlook.

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How to Get There

Piazza del Popolo is located at the far end of Via del Corso in one of the most elegant areas of central Rome, and easy to reach by taking the metro A line to the Flaminio stop.

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When to Get There

One of Rome’s main squares, Piazza del Popolo hosts concerts and events year-round. The square has no shade, so is best visited in the cool hours of morning or after sunset, when the monuments are beautifully lit.

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Sights in Piazza del Popolo

In addition to the “twin” churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto by Bernini and Carlo Fontana and the art-rich Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, the square is home to a central Egyptian obelisk of Ramesses II from Heliopolis surrounded by a grouping of four tiny fountains, the Porta del Popolo reworked by Bernini, andRome between the Tiber and the Aniene fountain andFountain of Neptune.

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