Piazza del Popolo

 

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Many visitors to Rome are eager to rush to Piazza Navona, but I prefer the spaciousness of Piazza del Popolo. On the north-side of the piazza is Basilica Santa Maria del Popolo and tucked away in a corner chapel are two famous paintings by Caravaggio. The Fountain of Neptune is on the west side – a less famous fountain that can also be seen in Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita”. To the south are the twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. To the east is the Pincio leading up to one of Rome’s most famous public parks, the Villa Borghese. Smack in the middle is the Fountain of the Obelisk which has one of the tallest obelisks in Rome and four lion fountains. Sitting on one of these lions and having a photo taken seems to be compulsory for every child living in or visiting Rome. Piazza del Popolo is very easy to reach from The Beehive from Termini train station on the Line A/red line metro – getting off at the Flaminio stop.

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