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Pasquino the statue

Talking statues

Pasquino and the rest of the 'Shrewd Congress', dotted around the city, have been used as a mouthpiece for the people since the 16th century. Other talking statues include Il Babuino, Madame Lucrezia and Marforio. During their long lives, members of the crew have been guarded, incarcerated and even threatened with drowning in the Tiber!

Although they're not as 'vocal' as they used to be, the statues still pipe up on occasion.