Hotel: Green Park Hotel Pamphili,
Largo Lorenzo Mossa, 4, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
About Rome, Italy
Rome controlled the destiny of all civilization known to Europe, but then it fell into dissolution and disrepair. Physically mutilated, economically paralyzed, politically senile, and militarily impotent by the late Middle Ages, Rome nevertheless remained a world power—as an idea.
The main street in central Rome is the Via del Corso, an important thoroughfare since Classical times, when it was the Via Flaminia, the road to the Adriatic. Running roughly southeast from the Piazza del Popolo, the Via del Babuino leads to the Piazza di Spagna, the most striking architectural element in the piazza—indeed, one of the most striking in all of Rome—is the renowned Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti, known as the Spanish Steps.The Corso begins spectacularly with the Vittoriano (1911), the monument to Victor Emmanuel II, first king of united Italy, constructed in Brescian marble to coincide with the 50th anniversary of unification.San Marco was the first of Rome’s parish churches to be built (c. 336 CE) on the plan of a Classical basilica.