Piazza del Popolo Rome: Hotels, Map, Sights
The Piazza del Popolo area is dominated by the massive Popolo square and the twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. The churches are, in fact, not identical. For the Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts out there, the dome of the Santa Maria in Montesanto (on the left) is oval and not circular like that of Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
The street map above connects with the Spagna and Vatican street maps. You can view all of the Street Maps together)
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What to see in the Piazza del Popolo area.
On the far side of Piazza del Popolo you find the massive Porta del Popolo (door to Popolo square) built in the 16th Century. The gate announces the entrance into Via Flaminia, the old Roman road that connected Rome with the Adriatic Coast.
Next to the Porta del Popolo you will find the Santa Maria del Popolo, featured in Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons".
Heading along Via di Ripetta away from Piazza del Popolo you will find the Mausoleum of Augustus (Mausoleo di Augusto). Emperor Augustus commissioned this massive 87 meter diameter (97 yards) mausoleum as his own burial chamber. Sadly today the building has been reduced to all but a pile of rubble.
Shopping in the Popolo area: vini, vidi, VISA.
If you enjoy big brand Italian shopping then this (and the Spanish steps) is the area for you. Gucci, Bulgari, Fendi, Valentino and Giorgio Armani shops are as frequent as new Italian governments.
Whereas Via del Corso and Via dei Condotti (off Piazza di Spagna) claim the big Italian brands, the Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta are jam packed with antiquities, arts, crafts and cafes - ideal for the adventure-shopper!
Getting to and from the Piazza del Popolo area.
Rome Metro: There are 2 Metro stations to choose from (see our street map of the Popolo area above):
From Flaminio and Spagna you can either head across the Tevere towards the Vatican City or in the other direction towards Piazza Barberini (Via Veneto area) and Piazza della Repubblica.
For more about the buses in Rome see my dedicated page Rome buses and Rome public transport.
Rome taxi: There is a main taxi rank at the main square of Piazza del Popolo. (Refer to the map of the Popolo Area above.)
Rome tourist buses: There are two main stops for most of the tourist buses:
If you haven't read about it on my site already then ATAC public transportation in Rome site has a great tool to calculate the quickest route from point A to point B anywhere in Rome (using public transport). When you arrive at the website click on the English language option to the right. Fill in your departure address and arrival address.For more information visit public transportation in Rome Italy and its related pages:
Restaurants and nightlife in the Piazza del Popolo area.
Sometimes I feel it's pointless recommending restaurants in Rome, usually everywhere is good! Besides, I like the adventure of discovering some "new" restaurant in a forgotten corner of Rome.
Finished with the Piazza del Popolo area? Click on an area of the map below to visit another area.
Central Rome Italy Map: Click on an area to go to its dedicated page.
Central Rome areas dedicated pages:
• Aventine hill
• Campo de Fiori
• Piazza Navona
• San Giovanni in Laterano
• Spanish Steps/Spagna
• Trevi Fountain/Fontana
• Via Veneto
Piazza del Popolo
The hydro chronometer (fancy name for a water clock) found in the Pincio gardens.