Top 10 Things To Visit On The Via Veneto In Rome

Top 10 Things To Visit On The Via Veneto In Rome
The Via Veneto became famous as the hub of Roman social life in the 1950s and 1960s; celebrities came here to see and be seen, while luxury hotels and lively cafes sprang up along it. We pick the 10 best places to find La Dolce Vita on this historic street.
Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini © Rodney/Flickr

Fontana delle Api

Fontana delle Api (Fountain of the Bees) is a fountain located in the spot where Via Veneto enters Piazza Barberini. This historical fountain was sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1644 and originally created for use as a watering hole for horses.

Fontana delle Api, Rome, Italy

Piazza Barberini

Piazza Barberini is the ideal starting point for a visit to Via Veneto. It takes its name from Palazzo Barberini, which is directly in front of it. At the center of the square stands the beautiful Tritone Fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, commissioned in 1643 by Pope Urban VIII Barberini.

Piazza Barberini, Rome, Italy

La Cripta dei Cappuccini

This crypt is located under the Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Church in Via Veneto. The Capuchins decorated the crypt walls with skeletal remains in an ornamental fashion; the result is a display of thousands of bones set in Baroque and Rococo style.

La Cripta dei Cappuccini, Via Vittorio Veneto, 27, Roma, Italy, +39 06 487 1185

Hotel Excelsior

Hotel, Villa
Westin Excelsior
Westin Excelsior | © prasad-om/Flickr
Opened in 1906, this luxury hotel is well-known around the globe; and indeed Hotel Excelsior is the home of one of the most spectacular and opulent suites in Europe, crowned with a soaring cupola. This hotel is also a favorite with visiting celebrities from Hollywood and Italy.
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Café Doney

For those who want to relive the magic and glamor of 1960s Italy, the historic Café Doney is the place to go. This Via Veneto café offers attentive service in an elegant environment. The interior of the restaurant has stylish decor with large sofas and colorful chairs, while the exterior comprises large tables out on the sidewalk of Via Veneto itself.

Café Doney, Via Vittorio Veneto, 137-141, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4708 2783

Girarrosto Fiorentino

When in Rome you might want to eat solely Roman dishes. But next to Via Veneto is a restaurant that prepares great Tuscan specialities with a Roman touch. Girarrosto Fiorentino is for those who appreciate good meat; from Florentine steak and châteaubriand to entrecôte and a refined selection of quality Chianina meats.

Girarrostro Fiorentino, 46 Via Sicilia, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4288 0660

Villa Borghese

Botanical Garden, Museum
Villa Borghese Gardens
Villa Borghese Gardens | © Jean-Christiff Benoist/Wikicommons
The ideal end of a walk in Via Veneto is the Villa Borghese. This is the third largest public park in Rome and has nine entrances from the center of the city. The beautiful gardens are tiered up the hill and contain a number of buildings, fountains, small lakes, ancient trees, museums and attractions.
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