The square was planned by none other than the famous artist Michelangelo in the 16th century. He was the one who gave the piazza the look you see now - a trapezoid square surrounded by three magnificent palaces. On the fourth edge is a wide staircase designed by Michelangelo in order to allow the nobles of Rome to ascend these steps riding on their horses.
Notice the special flooring from which the square was built. Despite the brilliant design, Michelangelo did not live to enjoy his work, for he passed away some time before the construction was completed.
In the three palaces surrounding the square are the Capitolini museums, where marble statues and paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque era are exhibited.
In the center of the square you can see the bronze statue of the Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. This is only a reconstruction of the original statue which is located inside the museum.
Although not particularly crowded, there is no doubt that this square is one of the most popular and touristy spots in Rome.