Piazza Venezzia, Rome!

And why not come back to eternal Rome! Italy calls and the squares are it for us. There are many nice things but we have been there and done that. However, the walks in the square full of its history and architecture in addition to the shopping and foodie around or in them is sublime.

I like to tell you about another nice square of Rome, the Piazza Venezia! Here goes my story, hope you like it.

Piazza Venezia is a square of Rome, lying below the Capitole and its square. It is dominated by the monument to king Vittorio Emmanuel II.   Various buildings bordering it such as the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali and the Palazzo Venezia.

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From 1902 to 1904 the first construction work of the main headquarters of the insurance Assicurazioni Generali, Piazza Venezia in Rome. It was used a symmetry effect, copying the shape and dimensions of the old Palazzo Venezia or Palazzo Barbo. The majestic façade is a long, three-story neo-Renaissance building with a dungeon or corner tower in the southwest. The ground floor is made up of large arcades. The main entrance is surmounted by a balcony of honor and an ancient cartridge of Renaissance period representing the Lion of St. Mark from an ancient bastion of the city of Padua. The project was reworked and resumed from 1906 to 1911.

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The Palace of Venice (Palazzo Venezia) was built from 1455 to 1467. It is not at all a typical square of Rome, but rather one of the traffic nodes of the center of Rome, which serves as semi roundabout and from where three main avenues leave: Via dei Fori Imperiali, via del Corso and Via del Teatro di Marcello. It is next to the Capitole, departing from Imperial Avenue (Fori Imperiali), that is the square or pîazza of Venice, a vast space which took its present form at the end of the 19C. The square is surrounded by the Palazzo Venezia which houses an important museum, the Church of St. Mark, the Bonaparte palace, the Palace of the Generals, and is dominated by the imposing white mass of the Vittoriano, the Monument to king Vittorio Emanuele II.

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The current aspect of the square is mainly due to the demolition and reconstruction interventions carried out between the late 19C and early 20C after the construction of the Vittoriano, the colossal monument to king Victor Manuel II (Vittorio Emanuelle II), often identified with the Altar of the Fatherland, which is its central part, in which later in 1921 ,the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was done.

On the west side of the square is the Palazzo Venezia, which was initially pontifical headquarters: Pope Julius II was attending from the balcony of the palace to the race of the Berber horses, which until 1883 was disputed along the Via del Corso and ended near the square , in the now gone Via della Ripresa dei barbery.   Subsequently, from 1564 to 1797, it hosted the Venetian representation in the pontifical States.

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When the Vienna Congress assigned the Habsburgs the territories of the Republic of Venice, the palace followed the same fate and served as the Embassy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1914, when it was confiscated by the Italian State. In 1929 Benito Mussolini chose it as the seat of the government and from the balcony he pronounced his speeches to the fascist masses. For this reason, the square, which in those years was considered the center of the city, was proclaimed forum D’Italia.

In addition to the Palazzo Venezia, the original configuration of the square has been preserved on the north side, where the Palazzo Bonaparte is located, where lived from 1818 until her death Maria Leticia Ramolino, mother of Napoleon. Behind the covered balcony ,called Mignano, that still can be seen today in the corner with Via del Corso, the Lady who made a very retired life spent the days observing the life of the square, which was then much smaller . When at a very advanced age she lost her sight she did not renounce her hobby, and made her housekeeper tell her the life of the square.

Piazza Venezia can be reached from Rome’s Colosseo Metro station. Of course , we were in Rome away at Nomentano district and came first by bus and then lots of walking.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Rome on the Piazza Venezia

Official Venezia palace museum in English

A lovely square with huge architecturally stunning buildings all around you and plenty to shop and eat to enjoy further your stays in Rome! The Piazza Venezia is nice indeed and worth the detour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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