The Piazza Venezia square is geographically in the centre of Rome. It takes its name after Palazzo Venezia, one of the first Rennaissance palaces in Rome. It looks like the square was connecting baroque part of the city with the ancient one. Let us show you around and tell you some historical interests about this place!
This Renaissance palace finds its place in the west part of the Piazza Venezia. Venetian Pope Paul II built it in 1455. The palace was beautifully decorated with significant works of art. In the central part of the palace, you can admire hidden gardens. Nowadays the building hosts city museums with a variety of exhibitions. Later there was a Venetian embassy to Rome.
Did you know that Benito Mussolini used this building as his office? He also gave his famous speeches from the balcony towards the crowds on the square. From there Mussolini also declared the Italian empire in 1936. Yes, it`s the balcony where you see two flags nowadays.
Altar of the Fatherland
Vittoriano is the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, who was the first king of unified Italy. Did you know that Italy is quite a new country? It was established only in 1861. The Risorgimento is the name for the Italian unification movement. You can visit this monument for free and enjoy beautiful views from its terraces. There is also a lift which takes you to the rooftop of the building. From there you can see the ancient part of the city, the baroque part and also the Vatican behind. When the visibility is good, you will see also the mountains which peek are covered with snow during winter months. The view is really breathtaking. It is really worth to wait in the line for the lift!
The fire with soldiers
Under the monumental equestrian statue of the king, there is an eternal fire. Two soldiers guard the fire all the time. Behind the fire, there is buried an unknown soldier. This building is dedicated not only to King Vittorio Emanuele II and to Risorgimento but also to all the soldiers who died in the wars before.
Via dei Fori Imperiali
It is a wide straight boulevard between Piazza Venezia and Colosseum, built in 1932. It cuts through the ruins of the Roman Forums from which it takes its name. Every Sunday they close the street for the cars and it becomes a zone for pedestrians. There are also many street artists and musicians here.
You can find this palace at the beginning of Via del Corso on its left side, right next to Palazzo Venezia.
Napoleon’s mother, Letizia Ramorino, had there her private apartments. Since the lady was very old she couldn’t walk in the streets anymore. She often stared from the window to see what was happening outside. Certainly, it wasn’t appropriate for such a noblewoman to show herself in the windows of the palace. For these reasons, they built her a green patio with window shades at the corner of the palace. Since then, she could watch the real-life on the streets. Due to the window shades, no one was able to see her back:).
Via del Corso
This street connects Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Popolo. As you can see the street is very long. It is occupied by many shops, especially with clothing. This part of the city is the right place for you if you want to spend some money on Italian fashion:). The street takes its name after “Corsa di Cavalli” which means horse racing in English.
Nowadays there are few scaffoldings in the square. They are digging a new metro line under the ground. It won’t look very nice in the pictures now but soon it will make public transport in the city a lot easier. Once the metro line is finished, a public gallery will be opened in metros vestibules. You will be able to admire many ancient pieces, which are still not discovered and hidden under the ground.