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The Piazza del Popolo or “People’s Square” originally got its name from the church in the square with a similar name.  Santa Maria del Popolo is located in the northwest corner of the square.(1)  This was the church that was seen in the movie Angel’s and Demons. Many centuries ago, travelers coming to Rome from the North would have entered the square via the Porta del Popolo (pictures above in the center)…. Read More

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During my trip to Rome, Italy I took a day trip to Nettuno where the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial is located.  I have always been a World War II (WWII) history buff and this was a good opportunity to learn more about the Italian campaign.  My studies during both undergraduate and postgraduate school, I was able to learn a lot about the Italian Campaign by studying the September 9, 1944 invasions… Read More

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The town of Castel Gandolfo is located 15 miles southeast of Rome.  The city is situated in the Alban Hills which overlooks Lake Albano.  I’ve visited the city a few times in the past and the views from the city overlooking Lake Albano are breathtaking.  I’ve also enjoyed visiting the city because it is a nice break from the highly populated city of Rome.  The population of Castel Gandolfo is currently 8,834… Read More

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Saint Peter’s Square (Italiano:  Piazza San Pietro) is one of the most visited squares in all of Europe.  Pope Alexander VII wanted to redesign the square and directed Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the late 17th century (1656 to 167) to implement his plan.1  The new design was created so that as many people as possible could see the Pope give his blessing.2  The square has two massive four column deep arches that… Read More

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My goal in this post is to cover some of the main attractions in and around Castel Sant’Angelo.  The castle is a very large complex with several towers, rooms, and monuments that will not all be covered below.  However, I hope this post provides you with enough information to help you plan your visit. Ponte Sant’Angelo There are many ways to get to Castel Sant’Angelo, but I prefer to walk over the… Read More

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