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Piazza di Pasquino

#349 of 1,504 things to do in Rome
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Address: Piazza di Pasquino | Centro Storico, 00186 Rome, Italy
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This mutilated torso of a Hellenistic statue is called with this name owing it to a richly talented tailor named Mastro Pasquino; he had a shop on the square and was apparently... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2016
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The Pasquino—Piazza Pasquino—is a weathered, scarred sculpture that is believed to be a depiction of the Spartan King Menelaus. Regardless of its history and antiquity, the people of Rome complain that it’s ugly and an eyesore. The talking statues of Rome were used as an outlet for anonymous, political criticism in 16th-century Rome and beyond. Notes of protest were attached... More 

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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Piazza di Pasquino used to be Piazza di Parione. There is not much in the piazza other than a couple of places to eat but it is Pasquino, who is the star of the piazza. He is the first and most popular “talking statue” in Rome and one of six. He is a sculpture from the 3rd century BC, depicting... More 

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

This mutilated torso of a Hellenistic statue is called with this name owing it to a richly talented tailor named Mastro Pasquino; he had a shop on the square and was apparently the firsto to affix a poetic satire to the torso, which, from then on, hosted insipid and prolific poetic compositions at first, and then vicious satires against anyone,... More 

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Reviewed 12 August 2015

This is a most odd and curious statue. The Pasquino became the first “talking statue” of Rome. He spoke out about the people's dissatisfaction, denounced injustice, and assaulted misgovernment by members of the Church. So the people would leave notes anonymously of their dissatisfaction on the statue – today you see computerized notes.

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Reviewed 21 September 2014 via mobile

Amazing quality time. Feel peace in this narrow place. It is in the accessible place to reach different historical places.

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Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

You are bound to be in the area at some point so tske a couple of minutes to visit this raggedy old statue. It may not be the prettiest statue in the city but it certainly has a lot to say ---- apparently!

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

Pasquino is the most famous of Rome's "talking statues" (the others are Babuino, the Porter, Madame Lucrezia, Abbot Luigi, and Marforio). The statues "talked" to each other when people posted anonymous letters on them, often criticizing the Pope or local big shots. The practice started in the 16th century. Of the various statues, Pasquino was always the most famous: indeed,... More 

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