Rome Sights

Piazza della Repubblica

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Published 04/26/2016

Fodor's Review

Often the first view that spells "Rome" to weary travelers walking from Termini station, this round piazza was laid out in the late 1800s and follows the line of the caldarium of the vast ancient Terme di Diocleziano. At its center, the exuberant Fontana delle Naiadi (Fountain of the Naiads) teems with voluptuous bronze ladies happily wrestling with marine monsters. The nudes weren't there when the pope unveiled the fountain in 1870—sparing him any embarrassment—but when the figures were added in 1901, they caused a scandal. It's said that the sculptor, Mario Rutelli, modeled them on the ample figures of two musical-comedy stars of the day. The colonnades now house the luxe Hotel Exedra, and a branch of foodie superstore Eataly recently opened in a former McDonald's, gradually helping return to Piazza della Repubblica its original status as a smart section of town.

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Rome, Latium, 00185, Italy

Published 04/26/2016

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