Piazza della Minerva

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* Tip from Flavia Brunetti Proietti, YoungInRome (younginrome.com)

So you’ve reached the Pantheon, and you’ve explored this wonder and now you are facing it, with the fountain behind you. Look to the left-hand corner of the Pantheon, and follow the road leading away from the structure. You’ll end up right in the wonderful Piazza della Minerva. That beautiful statue you see of the elephant and the obelisk was designed by Bernini. Definitely go into the big church that makes up half of the piazza: this is Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and it was here that Galileo Galilei abjured his crazy idea that the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun, and not the other way around.

Address Santa Maria sopra Minerva: Piazza della Minerva, 42, 00186 Rome