Corso del Rinascimento Rome

The Corso del Rinascimento in Rome connects the Piazza delle Cinque Lune to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The street runs parallel to the long side of the Piazza Navona. The Piazza Madama divides the street into two sections. The Corso del Rinascimento forms the border between the districts of Parione (on the west side) and Sant’Eustachio (east side).

Corso del Rinascimento Rome

History and description

In 1931 a Regulatory Plan was created with the aim to create a direct route from the Ponte Umberto I to the Trastevere district. The first part of the plan, from the bridge to the Sant’Andrea della Valle Church, was finished. The second part was supposed to lead through the Campo de’ Fiori and the Via Giulia to the Ponte Sisto. However , this was never executed.

In order to create the new street many 17th and 18th century buildings had to be destroyed. The demolition of ancient irregular, winding streets such as Via del Pino, Via del Pinacolo and Via della Sapienza was not popular in Rome. Pasquino, one of Rome’s talking statues, punned: “Se questo è il Corso del Rinascimento, ogni aborto sarebbe un lieto evento” (“If this is the street of rebirth, every abortion would be a happy event.”)

On April 21, 1936 Benito Mussolini took his pickaxe and destroyed the first stone. The buildings replacing the old palaces were designed by Arnaldo Foschini and Salvatore Rebecchini.

Corso del Rinascimento Tourist Attractions

Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama - Corso del Risorgimento Rome

The most important building along the Corso del Rinascimento is the Palazzo Madama. This palace was the original Roman residence of the Medici family. In 1871 it became the seat of the Italian senate. The main entrance is on the Piazza Madama. The building can only be visited on the first saturday of the month (8 AM – 6 PM).

Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore Church

San Giacomo degli Spagnoli - Corso del Rinascimento Rome

The church on the right side, starting from the north, is the Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore Church. It is also known as the San Giacomo degli Spagnoli Church. The entrance to this church is on the Corso del Rinascimento side, but the more inpressive facade is on the Piazza Navona.

Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza Church

Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza Church Rome

The Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza Church, on the opposite side of the street, is the work of Borromini. It is built in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Sapienza. This church is particularly famous because of its spiral dome. The sumptious interior decorations are seen as harbingers of the decorative stule known as rococo.

Corso Rinascimento, Rome

Via Veneto Rome

The Via Vittorio Veneto in Rome was originally just called the Via Veneto, but after World War I the name was changed to “Vittorio Veneto” in honor of a battle having taken place at a village of that name. In reality everybody still calls the street Via Veneto, though.

Via Veneto Rome

History and description

The Via Veneto bacame famous in the 1950’s and 60’s because of its cafes and luxury hotels, which attracted the rich and famous, the would-be’s and the paparazzi. Federico Fellini‘s movie La Dolce Vita made the entire world aware of the street.

The street was constructed in the 19th century and meanders uphill to the Villa Borghese park. There are numerous interesting buildings along its sidewalks, the most conspicuous one of which is the Palazzo Margherita, which houses the United States Embassy.

Other palazzi of a certain grandeur are the Palazzo Coppedé and the Palazzo Excelsior (which has been turned into a hotel). The Palazzo Hotel Majestic, the Palazzo Hotel Balestra, the Palazzo Hotel Flora and the Palazzo Hotel Palace are other examples of buildings changed into luxury hotels.

In the middle of all this wealth stands the Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata a Via Veneto, otherwise known as the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. When asking directions you had better ask for the church with the bones, though, thanks to its crypt, which uses the skeletons of 4000 cappuccin monks to make a point about life and death.

Tourist attractions Via Veneto

Palazzo Margerita

The Palazzo Margherita is the seat of the American Embassy in Rome. The building is named for Queen Margherita of Savoy, who took up residence there after king Umberto I was murdered by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci in 1900.

Santa Maria della Concezione Church

The Santa Maria della Concezione Church is found on the right side when walking up the Via Veneto from the Piazza Barberini. It is often called Chiesa dei Capuccini, since it is run by Capuchin monks. The church was built in 1624.

Capuchin Crypt

Capuchin Crypt - Via Veneto Rome

The biggest attraction of the church used to be its Capuchin Crypt. This has now been made part of a small museum dedicated to the Capuchin Order. In the crypt the skeletons of a number of monks can be seen. Its walls are decorated with the bones of another 4000 monks.

Public transport

The nearest metro stop to the Via Veneto is Barberini (line A). The closest bus stop is Veneto-Barberini (lines 53, 61, 62, 63, 80, 83, 85, 150F, 160, 492, C3, CINE, N1, N4, N5, N12, N25).

Via Veneto – Rome

Via Tuscolana Rome

The Via Tuscolana (SP215) is one of the main roads out of Rome. It connects the Eternal City with the present town of Frascati. Unlike most of the main roads out of the city it was not constructed in the days of ancient Rome but in the middle ages. The Via Tuscolana is one of the better known shopping streets not directly in the center of town.

Via Tuscolana Rome

Beginning to Porta Furba

The name Via Tuscolana is explained by the old name of Frascati, which used to be called Tuscolo. This town was destroyed in 1191. Although the street is medieval, parts of older stretches of road were used when the Via Tuscolana was constructed.

The present Via Tuscolana kind of took over the role of the Via Latina, which used to connect Rome to the Colli Albani.

In order to reach the Via Tuscolana it is best to exit the historical center through the Porta San Giovanni. The beginning of the street is just past the Piazza Re di Roma on the left side of the Via Appia Nuova.

The Porta Furba district boasts some ruins of the Acquedotto Claudio and the Acquedotto Felice. The two aqueducts make use of the same walls. Thie district is named after the Porta Furba itself, a gate over the Via Tuscolana.

Slightly further down the road you will find the Alessandro Severo Mausoleum, which was constructed in the 2nd century AD. Turn right into the Via del Monte del Grano.

Porta Furba to the Grande Raccordo

Parco degli Acquedotti - Via Tuscolana Rome
Parco degli Acquedotti

From here a small detour leads to some more Roman ruins. Turn right into the Via del Quadraro and then left into the Via Lemonia. To the right of the Via del Lemonia you will see the Parco degli Acquedotti, which more than honors its name. At the end of the street some ruins of the Villa delle Vignacce can be seen. From here the Viale di Roma Vecchia leads to the 13th century Casale di Roma Vecchia, which was built on the grounds of the Roman Villa delle Sette Bassi. Behind this building you can see a long stretch of the Claudio Aqueduct. The separate ruins were part of the Marcio Aqueduct.

The Villa delle Sette Bassi is de last bigger attraction before the ringroad around the city. This 2nd century villa was the second biggest of its kind outside the city walls.

Smaller ruins before the G.R.A. were part of a 3rd century Roman water cistern and a 2nd century columbarium..

Via Tuscolana outside Rome

Just before the ringroad the street splits. The southern part continues as Via Anagnina and the northern part is still the Via Tuscolana. Near the city of Grottaferrata the two parts reunite.

Via Tuscolana – Rome

Via Nazionale Rome

The Via Nazionale is one of Rome‘s most important (shopping) streets and connects the Piazza della Repubblica with Trajan’s Forum. It stops at Largo Magnanapoli. It cuts through two of Rome’s riones, Castro Pretorio and Monti.

Via Nazionale Rome

The Via Nazionale is a relatively recent street, constructed between 1864 and 1871 in order to create an easy connection between Roma Termini and the area around Piazza Venezia and Via del Corso, at the time the most densely populated part of Rome. After Piazza Venezia the also rather new Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (1886) continues in the same direction and connects Piazza Venezia to the east bank of the river Tiber and via the Via della Conciliazione to the Vatican City.

The Via Nazionale more or less follows the route of the old Vicus Longus, along what was then called the Valle di San Vitale. At the time few people were living in the area, but the Belgian minister of war for the Vatican, one François-Xavier de Mérode, had a rather acute eye for business. He had bought vast lots of land between Termini and Piazza Venezia, presuming that the area was going to be developed sooner or later. He himself ordered the construction of the Via Nazionale and sold the surrounding terrain at huge profits.

De Mérode had wanted to name the street after himself, but when the Italian troupes conquered Rome in 1870 the street came to be called Via Nazionale.

There had actually been an earlier attempt to construct a street, which was to be named the Via Pia (for Pope Pius IX), but these plans were never completed.

Unfortunately ancient buildings had to be destroyed for its construction, as had part of the Villa Aldobrandini.

Nowadays the Via Nazionale is characterized by prestigious hotels (especially in the part nearer Piazza della Repubblica) and shops, catering mostly to tourists.

Via Nazionale Tourist Attractions

  • Saint Paul’s Within The Walls (Via Nazionale, 16a): Rome’s episcopal Anglican church.
  • Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Modern art exposition space, recently reopened after a restoration that took several years.
  • Palazzo Koch: Nowadays the seat of the Banca d’Italia.
  • San Vitale Church: This ancient church is located next to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The picturesque façade is several meters below street level.
  • The remains of the antique Porta Sanqualis were found during the construction of Via Nazionale and can still be seen in the central part of the Largo Magnanapoli.

Villino Hüffer

The Villino Hüffer (Via Nazionale, 191) is the historical building to the left of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. It is the present seat of the Historical Archives of the Banca d’Italia. The bank acquired the building in 2001 and also had it restored. Most of the rooms still have the original decorations.

Via Nazionale Rome Shops

  • IBIS: Formerly MEL bookstore, with a small section of English books, a cafe on the top floor and half price books in the cellar. Also CD’s and DVD’s.

Public transportation

The nearest metro stop is Repubblica, at the beginning of the Via Nazionale. (Note that this station is closed at the moment.) There are several bus stops along the street. The most central one is Nazionale/Palazzo Esposizioni (lines 64, 70, 170, H, N7, N8, N9, N15, N18).

Via Nazionale, snc – Rome

Via di Ripetta Rome

The Via di Ripetta in Rome runs from the Piazza del Popolo to the river Tiber. Of the three streets that form the so-called Tridente it is the one on the right. Although following the trajectory of a 1st century BC Roman street, its present layout stems from the beginning of the 16th century.

Via di Ripetta Rome

History and description

The present Via di Ripetta was built by order of Pope Leo X. In those days it was still called Via Leonina. The Pope is supposed to have financed its construction with money he got from a brothel tax.

The street did not get its present name until 1704, after the construction of the Ripetta harbor. This harbor was called Ripetta to distinguish it from the already existing, bigger Ripa Grande harbor in Trastevere.

Tourist attractions

Augustus Mausoleum

The Augustus Mausoleum was constructed in the 1st century AD by the emperor himself. It was meant to be a mausoleum for him and his family. The monument can only be seen from outside.

Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis - Via di Ripetta Rome

The Ara Pacis, or Altar Of Peace, was constructed in order to celebrate the peace restored in the empire after Augustus had returned from Spain. In 1995 the American Architect Richard Meier redesigned the building housing the monument. It is now a museum and hosts several prestigious exhibitions a year.

San Rocco Church

The San Rocco Church was built in the 17th century. Its facade is the product of a later design by Giuseppe Valadier.

San Girolamo degli Illirici Church

The Church of San Girolamo degli Illirici stand right next to the San Rocco Church. It is also known as San Girolamo dei Croati or San Girolamo degli Schiavoni.

Santa Maria Portae Paradisi Church

The Santa Maria Portae Paradisi Church was originally built in the 9th century. Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane renovated this church in the 16th century.Santa Maria Portae Paradisi Kerk: Oorspronkelijk 9e eeuwse kerk, in de 16e eeuw gerestaureerd door Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane.

Palazzo Capponi della Palma

The Palazzo Capponi della Palma (Via di Ripetta, 246) was built in the 16th century.

Public transport

The nearest metro stop is Flaminio (line A). The closest bus stop is Augusto Imperatore/Ara Pacis (line 628, C3, N25).

Via di Ripetta – Rome

Borgo Pio Rome

Borgo Pio is a street in the Borgo district in Rome. The street connects the Via di Porta Castello to the Via di Porta Angelica.

Borgo Pio Rome

History

The Borgo Pio is named for the Pope who had it constructed, Pius IV. At the time the street began at the Arch of Sant’Angelo, which does not exist anymore., but was near the present Piazza Pia.

The street had to be laid higher than normal, because in those days the river Tiber flooded regularly. A special network of drains was also constructed.

The pope gave many privileges to people living inside what was then called the Civitas Pia. Many of these were courtesans.

Construction of the street was not completed until 1580, when Gregory XIII was Pope. Near the Sant’Anna dei Palafrenieri Church at the end of the street there used to be an inscription commemorating the completion.

Tourist Attractions

The Madonella on the corner of the Borgo Pio and the Vicolo del Campanile is protected by a baroque aedicula. The 18th century painting of this “Madonna and Child” is framed by a stucco medallion. In 1797 Pope Pius VI had an inscription placed under the aedicula, promising an indulgence to all believers.

Near the Piazza del Catalone, where the Borgo Pio becomes wider, is a fountain which is protected by an iron gate between two small pillars. The fountain is built against a wall and consists of an aedicula of travertine marble and a tympanum. The triple crown with crossed keys on the upper arch is the papal coat-of-arms. The central part consists of a simple pipe, that drips water into an oval tub, from which it drips further into the lower basin. The words Acqua Marcia above the pipe refer to the aqueduct that supplies the water. From here it can be deduced that the fountain was built around the year 1769, since that is the year that Pope Pius IX had this aqueduct restored. From that moment it came to be called Acqua Pia.

Borgo Pio – Rome

Via Cavour Rome

The Via Cavour is a historical street in Rome. It is one of the city’s most important streets, connecting the main railway station Termini to the archeological area of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.

Via Cavour Rome

History and description

The part of the Via Cavour nearest to Roma Termini is located in the rione Castro Pretorio.  Originally the facade of the station used to reach as far as the street.

The Via Cavour is named after Camillo Cavour, the first prime minister of a unified Italy (1861).

Nowadays the Via Cavour is an extremely busy street lined with restaurants, bed and breakfasts and hotels.

Tourist Attractions

  • The main tourist attraction along the Via Cavour is the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (though its entrance is not on the Via Cavour side).
  • Just pas the Cavour metro station, you will see some steps covered by an archway on your left. At the top of these steps you will find the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli), with Michelangelo‘s famous Moses statue.

Restaurant Recommendations Via Cavour

Some good and famous Rome restaurants along the Via Cavour are the Enoteca 313, the trattoria Valentino (which serves typical Roman dishes), the Chinese restaurant Wong Ho and the Argentinian restaurant Baires. In general it is good to be a bit careful when picking a restaurant along this street, since the majority tends to be overpriced and of low quality.

Via Urbana

In case the crowds and the traffic on the Via Cavour are too much for you, you could turn right and then left as soon as you reach Saint Mary Major. The Via Urbana runs parallel to the Via Cavour itself and is an alley rather than a street, with many old-fashioned shops and also a good number of affordable restaurants. Finnegan‘s pub has several tv-screens showing football matches from the most important European leagues.

Via Sistina Rome

The Via Sistina is a street in the center of Rome, connecting the Piazza Trinità dei Monti to the Piazza Barberini. The part closest to the Piazza Barberini belongs to the rione Colonna, whereas the part closer to Trinità dei Monti belongs to the rione Campo Marzio.

Via Sistina Rome

The street is named for Pope Sixtus V, who had ordered it to be built towards the end of the 16th century.

The architect was Domenico Fontana and initially the street was much longer (2km), since the intention was to connect the Pincio hill to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

At the time the Via Sistina was called the Via Felice, since the Pope’s real name was Felice Peretti.

In the 18th century the Via Felice was split up into shorter streets: Starting from Saint Mary Major the street is called Via de Pretis, then it turns into the Via delle Quattro Fontane and finally into the Via Sistina.

There are a number of interesting palazzi along the Via Sistina: the Palazzetto Stroganoff, the Palazzo Perucchi and the Palazzo Dotti are amongst the more noteworthy ones.

On the Trinità dei Monti side the nearest metro stop is Spagna, on the other side it is Barberini (both on line A).

Via Sistina – Rome

Via della Lungaretta Rome

The Via della Lungaretta in Rome‘s picturesque Trastevere district runs exactly where, in the 2nd century BC, the Via Aurelia Nova was located.

Via della Lungaretta Rome

The ancient Via Aurelia Nova started at what was then called the Ponte Emilio (and is now known as the Ponte Rotto, or Broken Bridge). It went up the Janiculum hill and subsequently continued towards the Forum Aureli (now Montalto de Castro).

Initially the name was changed into the Via Trastiberina and later, under Pope Julius II, into the Via della Lungaretta.

The Via della Lungaretta is one of Rome’s most photogenic streets. The part east of the Viale Trastevere is more of an alley with several small shops (a.o. an English language used bookstore), while the part on the other side of the main street is wider and is full of restaurants.

Via della Lungaretta Tourist Attractions

  • Chiesa di Santa Agata: Built after the death of Pope Gregorius II’s mother. Here the Madonna de Noantri, protector of the inhabitants of Trastevere, can be found.
  • Chiesa delle Sante Rufina e Seconda: Built on top of the house of the two sisters Rufina and Seconda, martyrs.

Via della Lungaretta – Rome

Via dei Banchi Vecchi Rome

The Via dei Banchi Vecchi is one of the most beautiful streets in the center of Rome and even though it is very short it still manages to run through three rioni: Ponte, Parione and Regola.

Via dei Banchi Vecchi Rome

It starts almost at the end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and goes off in south-eastern directions to end after a couple of blocks and split up into the Via del Pellegrino and the Via di Monserrato.

Originally the Via dei Banchi Vecchi was divided into two parts, the Via della Chiavica di Santa Lucia and the Via dei Banchi. The first part got its name from a church (Santa Lucia del Gonfalone) and a sewer and the second part because of the presence of the mint and of a number of banks.

When the mint was moved the street came to be called the Via dei Banchi Vecchi and the street the mint was moved to, on the other side of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the Via dei Banchi Nuovi.

Tourist attractions in the Via dei Banchi Vecchi are the above-mentioned Santa Lucia del Gonfalone church and the Palazzo Crivelli.

Via dei Banchi Vecchi – Rome