We hope that you are enjoying our series of articles and guest articles on Italian tourist attractions, covering the entire country except for its major cities. In a sense we have left the best for last. We will describe what to see in Italy’s great cities neighborhood by neighborhood. You may not realize it, but Rome is divided into 20 districts. And each and every one of these districts boasts its own sightseeing attractions. If you have time, visit them all. In any case, read these articles to help plan your trip to The Eternal City. You may be in for some real surprises. Roma, Non Basta una Vita (Rome, a Lifetime is not Enough) .
Very close to Rome’s center, just to the northwest of the railroad station you’ll find Via Veneto is one of Rome’s most famous, and most expensive, streets. Its official name is Vittorio Veneto, named for a victorious battle that marked the end of the Italian front in World War I. This street and its attractions played a leading role in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. It declined in the 1980s but has undergone a renaissance. You’ll want to stop by, even if you choose not to stay in one of the many nearby upscale hotels.
At the south end of the district, close to its only subway station, Barberini, is the Seventeenth Century Barberini Palace, constructed by three great architects each of whom left his mark. You’ll love its frescoes ceilings and secret garden. This building houses the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) along with the Palazzo Corsini across the river. Its list of great artists is too long for this review.
This district is home to several historic churches. The Baroque early Seventeenth Century Church of Santa Susanna is the national church of the USA. The contemporary Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria contains one of Rome’s greatest Baroque sculptures, Bernini's Ecstasy of St Theresa of Avila. The Church of San Patrizio, as you might guess from is name is the national church of Ireland. It was built in the early Twentieth Century, in the Nordic Neo-classical style.
The Embassy of the United States of America is located in the Neo-classical late Nineteenth Century Palazzo Margherita. The Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini was built in the early Eighteenth Century on the ruins of Emperor Constantine’s Baths. It overlooks the enchanting Piazza del Quirinale. It is now an upscale conference center complete with Roman sarcophaguses and a great art collection.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Latium or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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