Rome which is one of the most tourist attracting towns in the world is also very famous for its “great squares”… In fact they could even be referred to as the main attractions of the Italian Capital… and the heart of the city.
Although there is so much to see and do in Italy and Rome such as visiting historical places, shopping etc. a visitor should definitely spend some time at those PIAZZAs (squares)
Piazzas which are for meeting each other, having amusement, chatting with friends as well as for several events are listed below:
- Piazza del Campidoglio (on the Capitol Hill) is the headquarter of the Italian Government;
- Piazza Venezia represents the ‘heart of the city’;
- Piazza Navona displays the spectacular Baroque triumphant architecture;
- Piazza di Spagna is a masterpiece of the XVIII century with its famous Spanish steps
- St Peter’s Square is the majestic access to St Peter’s Basilica, the centre of Christianity.
PIAZZA VENEZIA which represents the “heart of the city” for instance is located almost at the centre of Rome. This place is known to have been named after the Cardinal Venezia who in 1455 ordered the construction of his own Palace (Palazzo Venezia). Later, the palace was used as the seat of “Serenissima” (Republic of Venice).
As for other historical structures one can see Palazzetto Venezia that was reconstructed in 1882 and placed in the current location and the building of Assicurazioni Generali (insurance company) on the sqare, opposite the palace.
On the southern side of the piazza one can see the outstanding Monument of Victor Emanuel II (‘Il Vittoriano’) that it was build between 1855 and 1911 to celebrate the Italian Unification
On the opposite side (north) lies Palazzo Bonaparte (home of Napoleon’s mother) and Palazzo delle Aste with via del Corso in between. Close to the Palazzo Venezia stands San Marco Church, founded in 1336 by the Pope Marco, restored in 1792 and rebuilt in 1833 (the tower is the only original part of the church).
SOURCE: WEB / Editor