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Piazza del Popolo
On 1 November 1786, Goethe wrote in his travel diary of his arrival in Rome, from the North, entering the city through Porta del Popolo and being amazed at the view of the square. He wrote:
I can finally speak and greet my friends with joy. Please pardon the decrecy and mystery of my journey until now. I had just dared to say so myself, I was not yet at ease on my journey and only when I entered Piazza del Popolo was I certain that I would enjoy Rome.
Goethe did not see the square in its current elliptical form, due to the work by Valadier in the early nineteenth century, but rather a trapezoidal square, with the two twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli marking the beginning of the famous “trident” formed by via del Babuino, vie del Corso and via di Ripetta.
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