Fodor's Expert Review Piazza di Pasquino

Piazza Navona Plaza/Square/Piazza

This tiny piazza takes its name from the figure in the corner, the remnant of an old Roman statue depicting Menelaus. The statue underwent a name change in the 16th century when Pasquino, a cobbler or barber (and part-time satirist), started writing comments around the base. The habit caught on; soon everyone was doing it. The most loquacious of Rome's "talking statues," its lack of arms or face is more than made up for with commentary of any topic of the day.

Plaza/Square/Piazza Free

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Piazza di Pasquino
Rome, Latium  00186, Italy

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