Piazza Venezia

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by melissa_bel on June 18, 2004

Yes, Rome is full of beauty. It’s always one visual pleasure after the next ... until you get to Piazza Venezia. In fact, you can't miss it because it is a central point in Rome and a good geographical reference to see the sights along the way.

It starts okay with the Venetian palace: Palazzo Venezia (it used to be the Venetian Embassy to the Pontifical states). Pope Paul II, who was from Venice, had it built when he was still a cardinal. It truly represents the architectural style you can find in the Canals City. Mussolini had his offices there and was addressing the crowd from the balcony. He also had Via dei Fori Imperiali built so he could see the Coliseum from his office. Via del Corso, a central axis, runs from there all the way to Piazza del Popolo.

And then, you turn around towards the south side, and bam! The colossal Monument to Vittorio-Emmanuelle II, a white stone building most commonly known as "the wedding cake", a turn of the century structure that his now the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a sore sight for many Romans and travelers' eyes alike, and you can't deny that it's impossible to forget the Monument. Also, you can see it from afar, which helps while walking on your Roman discovery. Traffic is chaotic at this huge square and you will often find a policeman on their pedestal directing the traffic and looking like an angry orchestra director!

It's also a hub for many bus lines.

Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
Rome, Italy, 00187


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