One of the many beautiful places in Rome is the Piazza Venezia. This square’s name refers to the Venetian Cardinal Pietro Barbo, or Pope Paul II, who also built the Palazzo Venezia, next to Saint Mark’s church. This busy square is located in the center of Rome where most of the important attractions are. The Roman Forum and the Pantheon are a walking distance from the square.
One of the main highlights of the square is the Palazza Venezia, built by the same Cardinal Pietro Barbo who gave the square its name and who became Pope Paul II later on. This palace was the home to the headquarter and as the Venice embassy where the famous Italian leader Benito Mussolini addressed the people from the balcony. Today you can visit the palace, which is now a museum that shows early Renaissance paintings and historic decorative art collections. Pay a visit to the Pallazo Generali and Palazo Bonaparte, which is the other palace in the square.
Get to know Piazza Venezia in Rome
The biggest monument in the middle of the square is of the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuel II. The monument which is also known as Altarella Patria is 230 feet tall, and was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi and features fountains, stairways and two statues of goddess Victoria. The monument is on the foot of the museum of Italian Reunification, where you can ride up in an elevator and see the wonderful view of Rome.
The Piazza Venezia Rome is located at the foot of Capitoline Hill. Many must see attractions are located around this square. A mile long street runs from this exact piazza and connects to Piazza del Popolo. This is a good opportunity to do some shopping, since you are in one of Rome’s popular streets, the Vial Corso, with trendy fashion brands and the Ferrari flagship store! When you arrive to the other end of the street you will find yourself in the Piazza del Popolo, where you will enjoy two fountains designed by Valadier, the famous Egyptian obelisk right in the center of the square that originally stood at the Sun Temple in Heliopolis, and the symmetrical church designed by Carlo Rainaldi.
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