Visiting Rome? If you are stopping at Via del Corso you will pleased to know that there are many other things to do in Rome around this particular location, after you’ve satisfied your shopping needs at this famous street. Via del Corso area is full of great attractions – and not just for shopaholics!
Of course, first of all, this busy road is ideal for those who wish to do some shopping or maybe just some window shopping as the stores are quite luxurious and could be expensive. From the 15th till the 19th century, Via del Corso was not filled with luxury shops but instead served as a racetrack for riderless horses during the Roman Carnival, explaining the name of the street. The fact that it’s totally straight makes it stand out, as Rome’s historical city centre is known for the many narrow alleys and small piazzas.
Discover Via del Corso area in Rome
Staying in Via del Corso area, but leaving the shop-lined street, there’s plenty more to see here. Our first suggestion would be to go the wonderful Spanish Steps which are to the north – only 300m away. Climb the 137 steps up which will lead you to the beautiful Trinita dei Monti church. Admire the Renaissance architecture but don’t forget to turn around and get some splendid views of the city from above. Take into consideration that the steps can become very busy during the day- a visit in the early morning or evening is therefore recommended.
Below the steps lies the famous square – Piazza di Spagna. From the square you can walk to Via Veneto. This street, where the famous Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film La Dolce Vita was set, is another good (but pricey) shopping spot. There’s many expensive hotels located here as well that you can admire while strolling the street.
Next must-visit stop is the Pantheon, which is just over 500m away from Via del Corso. This should be every tourists’ priority when visiting the country for the first time. Once you have seen the fabulous temple of Gods with its impressive dome and fascinating history that goes back almost 2000 years, we recommend you walk to the west about 300m where you will find Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most popular squares filled with cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a nice meal, some ice cream or let yourself be entertained by the street artists you can often find at the square.
Piazza Navona is also a great place to admire beautiful art and architecture in the public space – such as the Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. If you want to see the best of all fountains in Rome then we advise you go to the delightful Trevi Fountain which is only 400m away from Via del Corso. Legend has that if you throw a coin in the water basin, you will return to Rome one day. Try it out and see for yourself! It surely is a city to come back for… Watch our special video guides to learn more about the Trevi Fountain and many more top attractions in the Eternal City.