We ended the last post in the Vatican City, and we stay there for our first image, the Piazza Cavour.
Leaving the Vatican, we cross the Tiber again and make our way to the Piazza Del Popolo.
The Piazza del Popolo looking west from the Pincio. The Piazza is a large urban square the name of which in modern Italian literally means "People's Square", but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name. The piazza lies inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, and now called the Porta del Popolo. This was the starting point of the Via Flaminia, the road to Ariminum (modern-day Rimini) and the most important route to the north. At the same time, before the age of railroads, it was the traveller's first view of Rome upon arrival. For centuries, the Piazza del Popolo was a place for public executions, the last of which took place in 1826.
The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), a monumental fountain located in the Piazza del Popolo. It was constructed in 1822-23 at the terminus of a newly built aqueduct, the Acqua Vergine Nuovo. The fountains in the Piazza del Popolo were the work of Giovanni Ceccarini. The Fontana del Nettuno is located on the west side of the square, and shows Neptune with his Trident, accompanied by two Tritons.
The fountain of Rome Between the Tiber and the Aniene, designed by Giovanni Ceccarini, found on the eastern side of Piazza del Popolo against the boundary wall of the piazza features the goddess of Rome in the center with her lance and helmet, with allegorical figures representing the river gods Tiber (holding a cornucopia) and Aniene (a tributary of the Tiber) on either side. A she-wolf lies at her feet suckling Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. A small pedestal fountain is below the statues, which overflows into a large pedestal fountain beneath it, which overflows into a large basin beneath it. At the top of the edges of the basin are sets of two fish with their bodies twisted around each other. Behind this fountain you can climb steps that lead to the Villa Borghese gardens at the top of the Pincian Hill.
The Spanish Steps ( Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The monumental stairway of 135 steps (the slightly elevated drainage system is often mistaken for the first step) was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, both located above — to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.
|Piazza Del Popolo|
There are two fountains in the Piazza, one on the east side and one opposite on the west side of the square.
|Fontana Del Nettuno|
|Pincio From Piazza Del Popolo|
On leaving the Piazza Del Popolo we move south to the Spanish Steps.
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