Piazza del Popolo was designed by Giuseppe Valadier at the beginning of the XIX century; it is considered as one of the best examples of neo-classical town planning in the Eternal City.
From Domus Carmelitana, crossing the Tiber, you can easily reach this beautiful square, whose name derives from the Latin populus (aspen). It seems that centuries ago there was in the area, a grove of poplars, part of the tomb of Nero complex.
At the center of the great area is located the second largest obelisk in the city, led by the Emperor Augustus, and here erected by Fontana for Pope Sixtus V. On the slopes of the Pincio terrace, where you can enjoy a wonderful view, stands the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, built around the 11th century. Inside youe can find many paintings by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio. The second left aisle houses the Chigi Chapel, designed by Raphael in the Renaissance.ù
On the square there are also two twin churches: Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, that, though very similar externally, present many differences inside.
It was in XIX century that the big Piazza del Popolo oval was transformed how we can admire today, thanks to the work of the brilliant architect Valadier, which also created the magnificent gardens of the Pincio Hill, above the entire complex.