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I went to Rome after 35 years. Then, it was my first lonely trip to Western country. Going from communist country was difficult or quite impossible. But somehow I managed to go. So now I visited first of all the places I knew from my first trip.
When we came to our hotel, it was already short before blue hour. I took the metro and went to Piazza del Popolo, as 35 years ago. I climbed Pincio Hill and had all Rome at my feet. So this is the beginning of my marvelous time in Eternal City.

Piazza del Popolo was designed in neoclassical style between 1811 and 1822 by the architect Giuseppe Valadier.
An Egyptian obelisk of Sety I (later erected by Rameses II) from Heliopolis stands in the centre of the Piazza. Three sides of the obelisk were carved during the reign of Sety I and the fourth side, under Rameses II. The obelisk is the second oldest and one of the tallest obelisks in Rome (some 24 m high, or 36 m including its plinth). The obelisk was brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Augustus and originally set up in the Circus Maximus.
The Pincian Hill is a hill in the northeast quadrant of the historical center of Rome. The hill lies to the north of the Quirinal, overlooking the Campus Martius. It was outside the original boundaries of the ancient city of Rome, and was not one of the Seven hills of Rome, but it lies within the wall built by Roman Emperor Aurelian between 270 and 273. (After Wikipedia)

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