Squares and Talking Statues of Rome: Walking Off the Beaten Path


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  • Squares and Talking Statues of Rome: Walking Off the Beaten Path

Rome, Italy

Trip Type:   Walking Tours
Duration:  3 hours
3-hours small group walking tour discovering the main squares of Rome and some interesting and off the beaten paths attractions in the city centre of Rome. Led by a local guide, move from the amazing Baroque Piazza Navona to Piazza Venezia, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Monte Citorio until Piazza del Popolo. Walk along the famous shopping streets, via del Corso, and the nearby alleys, discovering secrets places that only locals known and the myth of Talking Statues

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3-hours small group walking tour discovering the main squares of Rome and some interesting and off the beaten paths attractions in the city centre of Rome. Led by a local guide, move from the amazing Baroque Piazza Navona to Piazza Venezia, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Monte Citorio until Piazza del Popolo. Walk along the famous shopping streets, via del Corso, and the nearby alleys, discovering secrets places that only locals known and the myth of Talking StatuesExperience an intimate atmoshpere with this small group walking tour (maximum 10 people per group), exploring the main squares of Rome and some off the beaten paths area of the city center.
The meeting point is in Piazza Navona, where a licensed guide will display you the most interesting monuments in this square, like the church of S. Agnese and the Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. Discover the Roman origin of this square, today hidden below its Baroque aspect and then walk trough the nearby alleys, until the first famous "talking statue", the so-called Pasquino. During the night, notes with satirical verses attacking the public figures would be hung around the statue so that in the morning they could be read by everyone before being removed by guards. For this reason we call them "Talking Statue" and during our walking tour we'll discover several of them.

Reached Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, look at the facade of S. Maria in Vallicella church and the strange Fountain called Terrina (soup bowl). Afterwards, reach another church, S. Andrea della Valle, where is located the second "talking statue", the Abbot Luigi: he missed his head but not the words!

Look at the Roman temples of Largo Argentina and move to S. Marco: here, adjacent to the front of this church is the talking statue “Madama Lucrezia” (Lady Lucrezia), an Egyptian goddess.

After a drink from the near fountain built in form of a pine-cone, cross Piazza Venezia and admire the famous Altare della Patria. Then reach the Porter’s fountain, maybe work of Michelangelo Buonarroti, located along via del Corso.

Listen to the legend hidden behind the massive Propaganda Fide Palace and discover the difficult relationship between Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, the two most famous exponents of the Roman Baroque Art. Afterwards, reach the Spanish step and the close Via Margutta, well known for its many artists' workshops and galleries. Here admire the last “talking statue”, the Baboon’s Fountain.
The final stop of this tour is in the enchanting Piazza del Popolo.




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