This photo of the Piazza Colonna is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around
Piazza Colonna is a busy square situated half way along Via del Corso. It is named after the Column of Marcus Aurelius which dominates the centre of the square. The police take a dim view of anyone setting up a tripod near the eastern end of the square as this is also the home of the Prime Minister (see below). Because of this, the panoramic image of which this is a part, was shot by hand and is therefore not perfect.
The Colonna family have owned the Palazzo Colonna situated on the square for over 20 generations. In 1424 the Colonnas were the most powerful feudal force in
The centre of the square is dominated by the 30m high Column of Marcus Aurelius, the last of the ‘Five Good Emperors’ and a stoic philosopher who ruled in the late 2C. The column was erected by his son, Commodus. Originally a statue of Marcus Aurelius and his wife, Faustina, topped the column, but this was replaced by a statue of
The residence of the Italian Prime Minister is also situated on the square in the Palazzo Chigi which explains the heavy police presence in the square. This has been dubbed the ‘most expensive hotel in
In the Middle Ages, the piazza was at the intersection of the two most important pilgrim routes in
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