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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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  • If you are going to visit the Vatican use this view path will be better from this angle that if get you the sides. Plus if get you there early around 8 h enjoy even more the place due to the lack of tourists. Enjoy
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  • Knocking down most of a whole village, as was done in other Italian cities, and to celebrate the signing of the Lateran pacts ", they built this road that allows rapid and widespread access to St Peter's Basilica.
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  • Street made during the Fascist period to celebrate "worthily" the signing of the Lateran pacts, by breaking down virtually all the rione Borgo Pio, a wonderful maze of narrow streets and alleys of the medieval era. The view of San Pietro from the Lungotevere, that pptrebbe look its positive aspect, it is actually perhaps the worst feature; in the words of Alberto Sordi arrive at colonnade and are facing the square coming from narrow lanes had to be amazing: "I was four when I first saw St. Peter and it was for the Jubilee of 1925. I was in the company of my father used to come from Trastevere, where I was born in via San Cosimato and where I lived with my family. We arrived along the narrow streets, which then were destroyed, Borgo Pio: a cluster of houses, squares, narrow streets. Then, behind the last wall of a House that opened like a curtain, I saw this huge square. Bernini's Colonnade, the dome. A twist to remain open-mouthed. Behold, what I remember most about that Jubilee was this surprise ". Today we see from afar and was designed without any respect for what was, a straight line at the front door of the Basilica (Fortunately the Tiber is close, otherwise they would have shot down thirty Roma), the square seems to be the continuation of the road that, like almost all of the architecture of the period, mimics the ancient Rome with columns and white left and sidewalks that divide the middle lane , a kind of highway, the side lanes flanked by palaces with wall coverings, columns and arches of white stone. These damages are irreparable, we grin and bear it, but please don't say which is nice.
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