Rome’s first “talking statue” may not be the most photographed but this does not diminish its importance to the city’s residents.
For centuries Romans have been sticking notes and messages to this time worn antiquity expressing political discontent. The tradition was started in the 16th century by a tailor named Pasquino. He used the statue to voice his dissatisfaction about the church and ruling class at a time when freedom of speech was not an option.
There are other talking statues in the city but the Pasquino Statue is Rome’s most famous.
The sculpture is located in a square named after it, Piazza Pasquino, near the Piazza Navona.