Via Vittorio Veneto

Via Vittorio Veneto - 00187 Rome

The Via Vittorio Veneto starts from the northern end of
the Piazza Barberini. It is a very animated road knot of
a trapezoidale form on a light slope. Several streets go ahead
from Via Veneto: Via del Tritone which goes down up to Largo Chigi
Via Barberini which rises up to Largo Santa Susanna,
Via Venti Settembre, Via Quattro Fontane, Via Sistina which connects
l'Esquilino
to Trinità dei Monti.


Fontana del Tritone(Bernini)

At the center of the square one can see the beautiful Fontana
del Tritone: four dolphins surmount a big open shell above which
a triton plays a sea snail from where comes out a gush of water.
Being simple and harmonious it is considered to be a masterpiece
of Bernini realized in 1643 for the commission of the pope Urban VIII
who wanted to decorate with a touch of particular elegance
the bad countryside in front of the entry to the theatre court
of his building the nearby Barberini palace. But for two centuries
the fountain was the only watering place for bulls and goats grazing
in the area.

But for two centuries the fountain was the only watering place for bulls and
goats grazing
in the area.

The Via Vittorio Veneto is a famous artery of Rome of the beginning
of the century. It is wide, planted with trees and adorned of
flowerbeds, it has wide curves through the high-class Ludovisi
quarters which took the name from the villa Ludovisi demolished after
1870 to build up the street which finishes at the Porta Pinciana.
Such gate with a simple arch of travertine flanked by cylindrical
towers were put up by Bellisario in the time of the Goth siege and
it leads to the Aurelian Walls. Beyond the door there is one of
the approaches to Villa Borghese.


The play-bill of "La dolce vita" of Federico Fellini

The "sweet life" was born in this street, commonly
called Via Veneto which between the luxurious hotels, fashion meeting-points
and elegant shops is a stage on which the charactes of Fellini film of 1960
met and separate. The film became the document of the epoch and the mirroe
of the costume.
The film tells with an irony about the cafe-society style of life
which in the wake of richmen of every country goes
around the cinema world and finds in Rome its ideal
meeting-point. Being ephemeral and tingling the title of the film
became all over the world a synonym of a behaviour and is used
indifferently to say well or say badly about Italians in general
and Romans in particular: from their capacity to make a jump out of
the cake. But also depends if one prefer chatting
instead of working. One of the photographers who participated in the
chorus of the film is called Paparazzo. After him the term "Paparazzi"
comes to indicate the fotoreporter in ambush.

After this film the street became the symbol of the "beautiful life"
getting famous all over the world. A visit to Rome cannot be imagined
without a raid even quick to the Via Veneto.

A visit to Rome cannot be imagined without a raid even quick to the Via
Veneto.

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