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  VIA DEL CORSO
VIA DEL CORSO
Image 1: View of the stretch of the Via del Corso towards Piazza Venezia with the Vittoriano in the background
Via del Corso is a straight road of 1500 metres long, partially closed, in the northern portion, to private traffic; it can be considered the most important street of the historical centre of Rome, with palaces, churches and the piazza del Popolo as the northern edge and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II) at the southern edge. For centuries it has been the setting for festivals (such as the famous Carnival, suppressed in 1882), public events, sights and processions; in the eighteenth century the street became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals and from the middle of the nineteenth century, a popular shopping and commercial venue with smart shops, bookshops and the headquarter buildings of newspaper publishing companies; in 1900 the street was dedicated to Umberto I but, in 1947, it took back its original name.
Via del Corso corresponds to the stretch of the Via Flamina situated between the Servian Wall and the Aurelian Walls; after the end of the Empire the street maintained its important role because of the nearness of the Porta Flaminia (also known as Porta del Popolo) which represents the northern gate of the city. In 1339 after the building of the St. Giacomo's Hospital, it became an important street and a starting point for the next development stage of the surrounding area.
After the Gregory XIII's reform, the humble dwellings, lined up along the street, were transformed into majestic palaces and, under Pope Alexander VII, the last stretch of the street was restructured together with further restoration works to the Piazza del Popolo. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many ancient churches were restored and new ones were erected, in the eighteenth century the street gained its greatest importance and relevance but the conspicuous building period went on until the end of the nineteenth century.
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