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Plaza Venezia Rome

Roma Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia or Plaza Venezia

The Plaza Venezia is named after the Palazzo Venezia which was built in 1455 by Pople Paul II. It is located between the Colosseum, Forum and the main sightseeing in Rome so you can't help but visit this area at some time during your Rome Italy vacation.

Plaza Venezia Map

Palazzo Venezia

This palace was one of the first Renaissance civic buildings in Rome. It contains one of the most underrated museums in Rome, the Museo del Palazzo Venezia. There is a first-class collection of Renaissance wood sculptures, chests, tapestries, silver, ceramic figurines, 17th and 18th century paintings and much more.

Rome Victor Emanuel Monument

The Piazza Venezia Rome is flanked by the well-known, grand Vittorio Emanuele II Monument (can't miss it on header at top of website!). This oversized monument is amazing when you are standing underneath it and looking up...it's a sight to behold! The Victor Emmanuel Monument has a 43 foot long statue of the horse and king which is the largest equestrian statue in the world.

Victor Emmanuel Monument or Vittorio emanuele II Monument

The locals love to hate "the wedding cake" or "typewriter" as it is often called. The monument was built to honor Italy's first king and celebrate the country's unification in 1870. It was completed in 1911.

It contains a little-known Museum of the Risorgimento which tells the history of the war which led to the unification of Italy in 1870. There is a "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" watched over by Italian armed guards.

A great view of Rome can be found by taking the elevator near the cafe at the top of the monument.

The Via del Corso going off from Rome Plaza Venezia is one of Rome's classiest shopping districts.


Palazzo Nuovo, Palazzo die Conservatori
and Capitoline Museum

Piazza del Campideoglio with the Palazzo Nuovo

At the top of Rome Capitoline Hill is the Piazza del Campideoglio which Michelangelo designed in 1536 at the request of Pope Paul III but didn't live to see completed in the 17th century. The Piazza has Pilasters 2 stories high and statues link the buildings, with a replica of Marcus Aurelius in the center.

On the Plaza of Campideoglio is the Palazzo Nuovo, built for Pope Innocent X in 1655 and designed by Michelangelo and the Palazzo die Conservatori, which was the seat of Rome's government during the late Middle Ages

The Palace Nuovo and the Palace of Conservatory, house the Rome Capitoline museum which holds the oldest public collection in the world....dating back to 1471.
Capitoline Wolf

There are many wonderful marble sculptures from the Classical period in the Rome Capitoline Museums. Some of the well-known statues and sculptures include Capitoline Wolf or She-Wolf, Love and Psyche, The Dying Gaul, Bust of Homer, Constantine II, Esquiline Venus and many more.

Some of the famous paintings included in the Capitoline Museo from the 16th and 17th century include Romulus and Remus by Rubens, Anthony and Cleopatra by Guercino, the Kidnaping of Helen by Veronese, Endymion by Mola, St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio and many more.


Cordonata, Aracoeli Staircase and Santa Maria in Aracoeli

You can't miss these two long side-by-side staircases. The Rome Cordonata is Michelangelo's grand staircase that leads up to Capitol Hill.

Cordonata and Aracoeli Staircase

The other steep Aracoeli Staircase has 124 marble steps and was completed in 1348 and leads to Santa Maria in Aracoeli Church or St. Mary of the Altar Church at the top of Capitolene Hill.

This Plaza Venezia church dates from the 6th century and is on the site of the ancient Temple to Juno. The 22 columns were taken from various ancient buildings...the 3rd column on the left is from "a cubiculo Augustorum" or the bedroom of the emperors.

The ceiling motifs commemorate the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The frescoes in the right first chapel by Pinturicchio are from the 1480s of the life and death of St. Bernardino of Siena.

The church is most famous for the icon Santo Bambinozz wich had miraculous powers. Unfortunately it was stolen in 1994 but has been replaced with a replica. It was an olive-wood figure of the Christ child from the 15th century, carved out of a tree from the garden of Gethsemane.

Here are some other pages that might interest you for your Rome Italy vacation:

I hope you enjoy exploring the Piazza Venezia Rome area on your Rome Holiday!

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