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Piazza del Popolo, Rome

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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.
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  • Beautiful place surrounded by very beautiful monuments, very beautiful scenery. When it is hot, what a joy to cool off in the fountain of the lions.
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  • Our group was staying in a nearby hotel so we came down here to enjoy some local color. A number of people were here just relaxing. Nice place to meet and spend some time with the locals.  more »
  • Beautiful piazza at the end of one of the main roads of Rome. Take a moment with the twin churches as decore or take the stairs to enjoy a stunning view over Rome.  more »
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  • The square where 3 roads meet. This is a popular meeting point in the historic center of Rome. Right by it is perhaps the most popular shopping street of Rome. Plenty of shops for tourists and locals alike. Further down the road is the Spanish Steps where all the high-end brands are.
  • Lovely spot, beautiful fountains and obelisk, good access to museums and churches. Piazza can be accessed from many directions as many roads lead to it, from different directions. You can get to Spanish Steps from here in under 20 min on foot and some local shops can be found net far from here.
  • This is a such beautiful area. Start by overlooking it from up the hill in the park. Then come down the hill and see it. The column in the middle is originally from Egypt. Best seen late in the day - the light and shadows are amazing.
  • Do not miss this place if you are in Rome. Nice place laze around with your friend or family. Nice restaurants close by too. Lot of people jostle around here. many hawkers too.
  • Would have been great if there weren't gypsies who stalk you and your friends to sell you flowers/toys/selfie sticks etc..

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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