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The Piazza del Popolo in
The square has come a long way from more humble beginnings. It used to be a hamlet just inside the Aurelian Walls at the end of the Via Flaminia, and it is from popolus, the Italian for ‘hamlet’, that the name is derived.
The Via del Corso, originally called the via Lata, is very old, leading directly to the Roman Forum. The current name derives from the last 3 centuries of Papal rule when wild horse races took place down it, finishing at the Piazza Venezia.
Leo X added the Via di Ripetta leading directly to the
To the left near the foreground is a dome of one of two Baroque churches, the S Maria in Montesanto and S Maria Miracoli, which were added in 17C.
The view here is taken from Piazza Napoleone at the top of the steps leading up the Pincian Hill. One of the two fountains at either end of the Piazza del Popolo is visible in the foreground.
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