The Via dei Fori Imperiali is a relatively new addition to Rome‘s street plan. It connects the Colosseum to the Piazza Venezia, the most central square of the city, and on both sides of the road archeological ruins of the Imperial Forums can be seen. At the moment the Via dei Fori Imperiali is pedestrian (though buses and taxi’s are allowed on weekdays).
Via dei Fori Imperiali Rome
- Annual: On June 2nd, there is a military parade on the Via dei Fori Imperiali.
- Annual: December 31st: All sorts of entertainment in the hour leading up to the New Year’s celebrations.
History and description
The original name of the Via dei Fori Imperiali was Via dell’Impero and it was built during the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini.
The intention was to connect the symbol of Ancient Roman civilization (the Colosseum) to the main symbol of fascist Italy (the Monument for Vittorio Emanuele II).
The Via dell’Impero was finished on April 9th 1932, but after the end of World War II the name was changed into its present one.
Unfortunately an entire medieval neighborhood, including some ancient churches, was torn down in order to be able to create the street.