Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Photo by Riccardo De Luca
Piazza PasquinoPiazza Pasquino is a humble square named after Rome's most famous "talking" statue, a centuries-old male torso so poorly preserved that generations of Italians have argued about whom it represents. (The leading candidate is Spartan king Menelaus of Greek mythology.) Since the early 16th century, Romans have posted satirical messages at the statue's base to protest the Italian government. When you're finished exploring, head for nearby Via del Governo Vecchio, a windy pedestrian strip lined with antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques.