Famous Streets in Rome
Via del Corso
Via del Corso will probably be your main point of reference whilst staying in Rome as it dissects the centre of the historic centre. This rather long street has the famed Piazza del Popolo at it’s top end and at the bottom Piazza Venezia with the dominant Vittorio Emmanuel monument.
Off of it’s main street can be found Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain on one side and the Pantheon on the other. The street in itself is famed for it’s shopping! Running the entire length of the street you will find mainly clothes stores of all types including the prestigous ‘La Rinascente’ departmental store and the relatively new ‘Alberto Sordi’ shopping Gallery.
Historically Via del Corso was a racecourse up until the 19th century with carnival races and not shopping being the main attraction!
Via dei Fori Imperiali
They don’t get much more historic than this street which runs from the Colosseum up to Piazza Venezia and is adorned on both sides with spectacular views over the ancient roman ruins including Trajan’s Market, the Temple of Concord and the Arch of Septimus Severus.
The road is extremely impressive but don’t forget to be aware of pickpockets who operate with particular intensity in this area.
Here a credit card is very necessary!
The Via Condotti branches off of the Via del Corso and leads up to the Spanish Steps. The street is famous for it’s boutique shopping.
Here you will find only shops of the most expecsive kind including Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada.
Halfway down you will find the prestigous Caffè Greco founded in 1760 and where it is known that great musicians, artists and politicians mingle over and espresso.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Once again the traffic seems to have taken over as the main focal point but this street is a principal road of importance in historic Rome.
Running from the Piazza Venezia right through to the Tiber riverand the bridge of the same name, the road passes through the famed ‘Largo Argentina’ and Campo dei Fiori, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona are only a stones throw away.
Historically Corso Vittorio Emanuele II was constructed back in the 19th century to provide an access to the Vatican city.
Lined along the way you will find shops including the great Feltrinelli Bookstore.
Via Vittorio Veneto
‘La Dolce Vita’ was created here during the 50’s and 60’s and to this day it resembles the epitome of all that is star-studded and rich. This long winding road begins at Piazza Barberini and leads upto the Villa Borghese park at the very top.
The street is n exceptionally classy place to stay with top hotels including the Westin Excelsior, Hotel Eden and Marriott. The best 5 stars can be found here and the restaurants and bars that adorn the street are no less luxurious with Cafè du Paris being one of the more famous haunts.
At the very top you will also find the prestigous Henry’s Bar that boasts an album full of photo’s at it’s entrance of celebrities that have graced it’s entrance. A stroll down Via Veneto certainly gives you a taste of all that is plush and expensive.
Halfway up the street you will also find the Hard Rock Cafe and the American Embassy.
Via della Conciliazione
This roadhas to have the finest architectural structure at it’s end... the famous Vatican City.
Via della Concillazione leads from the river Tiber right up to St. Peter’s Square taking in the Vatican in all it’s glory.
Lined along the way you will find an abundance of souvenir shops selling religous artefacts as well as an ice cream parlour and a couple of bars should you require a quick snack before tackling the Vatican and all that there is to see.
Built late at the end of the 19th century to commemorate the roman republic you will find a road lined with sculptures of Garibaldi’s followers as well as statues of the man himself and his wife Anita.
This tree lined avenue is located winding up from Trastevere and the focal point of the Gianicolo terrace is not to be missed. From here you can qitness probably the most spectacular view of Rome with the entire city impressively displayed in front of you.
Night or day this is simply a breathtaking spot set in a harmonious surrounding of the Gianicolense park.