1.9 - The city of Rome, The "Tridente"

Aerial view of the city centre of Rome -

Rome, the Eternal City, the Head of the World, is one of the cradles of "western civilisation", and a city who has lived the last two thousand and five hundred years as a major player in the political, religious and cultural domain. Each century and each event has left traces still visible in the city, its buildings and its inhabitants, creating an unique environment that can be seen in only few other places in the world.

The city

As one can imagine, the city is shaped by the geography as much as by the story. The current city centre is in the ancient Campus Martius and monuments are scattered everywhere in the areas delimited by the Aurelian Walls. From there, the new city continues along the path of the ancient Roman roads (Aurelia, Flaminia, Nomentana, Tiburtina, Appia...) which are now, in their initial parts, also the main streets of the city.

The "Tridente". The historical city centre is cut in four parts by a set of three streets, Via di Ripetta, Via del Corso and Via del Babbuino, starting from Piazza del Popolo. The central of the three streets is Via del Corso, the main avenue of the city, connecting Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia. Via di Ripetta goes until the old river port of Ripetta and pass next to teh Mausoleum of Augustus, and Piazza Navona. Via del Babbuino, continues until the Quirinal Palace (now siege of the President of the Republic) and pass next to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Between Via di Ripetta and Via del Corso there is the Pantheon and Piazza Colonna, with the Column of Marcus Aurelius.

Piazza del Popolo and the "Tridente", from left to right: Via del Babbuino, Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta
The Column of marcus Aurelius in Piazza della Colonna
The monument to King Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza Venezia.
The Spanish Steps and the Church of St Trinita dei Monti
The Trevi Fountain

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