The People's Poet
Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli
In the district of Trastevere, in a piazza which bears his name, stands a monument (1913) to the Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli (1791-1863), the work of the Sicilian sculptor Michele Tripisciano (1860-1913).
Belli wrote more than 2,000 sonnets about the ordinary people of his native city in romanesco, the dialect of Rome.
The monument, which takes the form of a fountain, was financed by popular subscription and erected to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the poet's death.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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