Seems like all you have to do to see the outrageously wonderful Michelangelo-designed square on Capitoline Hill in Rome entirely on your own is to get there at 5:30 am.
Its intimacy and grandeur in perfect balance. And that incredible paving detail…
There’s so much to be learned about spatial design from the squares and piazzas of Rome, often not very large, but regularly entered through such narrow lanes as to feel almost explosive in their sudden expansion. The size of the entrance aperture is as influential to your experience as the dimensions of the space.
Then sneak around the back of the square to watch the sunrise over The Forum. Here, early light on the Arch of Septimius Severus (which predates JK Rowling by about 1761 years).