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Via della Conciliazione, Rome

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Via della Conciliazione is a street in the Rione of Borgo within Rome, Italy. Roughly in length, it connects Saint Peter's Square to the Castel Sant'Angelo on the western bank of the Tiber River. The road was constructed between 1936 and 1950, and it is the primary access route to the Square. In addition to shops, it is bordered by a number of historical and religious buildings - including the Palazzo Torlonia, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and the Palazzo dei Convertendi, and the churches of Santa Maria in Traspontina and Santo Spirito in Sassia.
Despite being one of the few major thoroughfares in Rome able to cope with a high volume of traffic without congestion, it is the subject of much ire both within the Roman community and among historical scholars due to the circumstances under which it was constructed. The area around the church was rebuilt several times following the various Sacks of Rome, and again after having deteriorated due to the loss of prosperity resulting from the Papacy's relocation to Avignon during the 14th century. Through all of these reconstructions, the area in front of the short courtyard of Saint Peter's Basilica remained a maze of densely packed structures overhanging narrow side-streets and alleyways.
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  • Connect Castel Sant'Angelo with St. Peter's Basilica! Mandatory route for tourists,faithful and ordinary people. If you walk there you are captivated by the wide sidewalks and the buildings that overlook it. Gift shops and typical restaurants give you a touch more usable for the benefit of visitors !
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  • This Street leads to the Vatican entrance and St Peters Basicilica. It is a pedestrian thoroughfare. Today I had a nice reflection after a thunderstorm.  more »
  • After the signing of the Treaty of Lateran in the 1920s, Italy and the Holy See reconciled after the unification of all Italy in 1870 that involved the disappearance of the Papal States and the confinement of the pontiff in their palace. To commemorate this new era, this avenue was opened that connects Castel Sant'Angelo with San Pedro.
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