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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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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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Fattoria di Fiorano is a restaurant that is nestled just southwest of the center of Rome.  The only practical way to get to the restaurant is by car.  To get a better idea of the area, the location of Fattoria di Fiorano is located very close to Ciampino Airtport.  A taxi from the airport should take around five minutes.  I learned about the restaurant from my friends Robert and Manuela.  When I… Read More

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I was blessed enough to have some friends who live south west of Rome and they offered to drop me off at the Via Appia Antica to take more photos and explore more of the ancient road.  I have visited the Via Appia on several occasions, but I never was able to get so far out of the city and see more of the road.  Therefore, part one of this post will… Read More

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