Via Veneto (Via Vittorio Veneto)
Via Veneto winds its way uphill from Piazza Barberini to Piazzale Brasile, passing the Capuchin Church of the Immaculate Conception and Palazzo Margherita—now home to the U.S. Embassy—along the way. Stars like Audrey Hepburn, Tennessee Williams, and Coco Chanel would once gather at the landmark Harry’s Bar, Café de Paris, and Doney Cafè that line the street. Today you can trace this route with a walking, Segway, or hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Rome’s most iconic sights by day or night. Film buffs can opt for a La Dolce Vita tour that hits on locations featured in Fellini’s most famous work, and art-and-architecture aficionados can take a tour focusing on the city’s most remarkable streets and squares, including Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini.
Things to know before you go
- The street is busy with passing cars and buses, but there are wide sidewalks on each side that are easy to navigate on foot or with a wheelchair.
- If you’re joining a walking or bike tour of Rome and Via Veneto, wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
- There are plenty of restaurants and cafés along this thoroughfare, but you’ll pay a hefty price to dine in these tony locales.
- Loitering near and photographing the US Embassy on Via Veneto is strictly forbidden.
How to get there
Via Veneto is located in the historical city center of Rome just above Piazza Barberini, one of the main bus and metro hubs in the city. A number of bus routes and metro line A have stops in the square.
When to get there
Via Veneto can be busy with traffic during the day, so the best time to visit is later in the evening when traffic dies down, the palazzi are beautifully lit, and the restaurants and cafès are bustling with chic customers.
The Baroque Masterpiece of Piazza Barberini
Considered one of Rome’s most important baroque squares, Piazza Barberini sits atop Rome’s Quirinal Hill and is home to two 17th-century fountains designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The ornate Palazzo Barberini dominates the square, originally the residence of the powerful Barberini family and now home to the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica, with a collection of works by Raphael, Filippo Lippi, Titian, and Caravaggio.
- Hard Rock Cafe Rome
- Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins (Santa Maria della Concezione dei Capucchini)
- Capuchin Crypt (Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini)
- Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria)
- Triton Fountain (Fontana del Tritone)
- Trinità dei Monti
- Piazza di Spagna
- Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini)
- Piazza Barberini
- Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
- Keats-Shelley House
- Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)
- St. Paul's Within the Walls Church (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura)
- Barcaccia Fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia)
- Villa Medici