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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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  • The long pedestrian road leads straight to the Vatican. As you near, St Pters Basilicaa becomes more prominent. Lined with a few cafes and tourist shops, and many tourists. Its difficult to get that p...  more »
  • I'm probably misled by the myriads of nostalgic stories you read on to get to St. Peter with a surprising effect through the picturesque alleys of the "spina of Borgo" completely demolished to make way for the street, but also by objective criteria Via della Conciliazione is not beautiful: this is a country, very little long but the impressive prospect, beautiful when seen from the ponte Sant'Angelo toward St. Peter's, for sure very monumental, but ... could it be otherwise? We are talking about a road that ruined the effect desired by Bernini for the apparition of St Peter's square, held now the square itself as a backdrop ... obvious that the effect is gorgeous! Though the road, at least compared to previous work also anomalous Umbertine boulevards and neoclassicamente more interesting, really has in its simplicity, just interesting; Sin is surrounded by high value buildings, churches, the beautiful 16th-century Ward residues glimpses. Look for these, watch the "passetto", then continue straight towards the ends of the street.
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  • Along this wide street it is very nice to go to and from St. Peter's square. In the direction of Saint Peter's square you can see St. Peter's Basilica at the very end. On both sides of the road there are many souvenir shops, but they are perhaps the best to visit on the trip back. I recommend a visit by the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, located on the right side of the road.
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  • Great for a convention that includes speakers, a concert, and keeping a certain level separated yet easily accessible (like for the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation). Rows are a bit tight together, however. It's difficult for someone in a middle seat of a section to get past others.
  • Top variety of works proposed throughout the year in Rome. Really enjoyable place with bar and restaurant included.
  • Loved the architecture. Could not afford to go in. Seemed too classy.
  • One of the world beautiful places
  • The temple of music: extraordinary.
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