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Monte Pincio Rome

The next walk begins at the Piazza del Populo (which can be easily reached using the Metro A (to station Flaminio). At first you should walk up to Monte Pincio which offers an excellent view across the Piazza del Populo and Rome. IF you have some time you might enjoy a longer walk in the huge park.

Piazza del Populo Rome

The obelisk in the center of the Piazza del Populo dates back to 1250 BC! It stood in front of the sun temple and was brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus. At first it decortaed the Circus Maximus, but then it was moved to the Piazza in the 16th century. Funny fact: the Romans had so many historical columns that they could distribute them across their city.

Piazza del Populo Roma

The fountains surrounding the obelisk in the center of the Piazza invite for a short rest on the steps.

Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli Rome

The so-called "twin-churches" at the Piazza del Populo look almost identical, Santa Maria in Montesanto (left) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (right). The street between the churches is the famous Via del Corso, where countless premium shops and some of the biggest banks in Italy are located.

Via del Corso Rome

View of one of the pretty streets next to the Via del Corso. The houses provide shadow so that shopping in the streets is a pleasant experience.

Piazza di Spagna

From the Via del Corso you can walk up straight to the Piazza di Spagna with the famous Spanish Steps. Even if you have been here before, you will always like to re-visit this traditional gathering place place as it is busy from the peaceful people resting on the steps. Both Romans and tourists alike come here to enjoy warm summer evenings.

Piazza di Spagna Rome

Another photo of the Spanish Steps (aka Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti. Unfortunately, the church at the top of the steps - Santa Trinita dei Monti - was being restored when we were there, but you get the idea how beautiful this place is. Because Rome has so many historic buildings, please don't be disappointed to find them under construction! The city of Rome is constantly working to improve its appearance to visitors, so veiled buildings are to be expected.

Via Condotti Rome

View into Via Condotti, from Santa Trinita dei Monti. Traffic in this area is highly restricted, so should not even think about getting here by car! :-)

Piazza Colonna Rome

Let's continue our walk to the Piazza Colonna with its Marc Aurel column. The white building is the Palazzo Chigi, which houses the Italian Prime Minister today.

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