Piazza Venezia is a piazza at the base of the Capitoline Hill, near the Roman Forum, and at the end of the Via del Corso. It got its name from the venetian cardinal Pietro Barbo, who ordered the construction of Palazzo Venezia. The palace, which faces the piazza, was built between 1455 and 1464. It later became the embassy of the Republic of Venice.
Palazzo Venezia is not the only monument that dominates Piazza Venezia. Another important building, Il Vittoriano, stands imposing and magnificent between the piazza and Capitoline Hill. Many buildings were either demolished or moved to make way for this white-marble monument, which was built in honor of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of a unified Italy.
Other palaces near the piazza are Palazzo Generali, an almost exact copy of the Palazzo Venezia, and Palazzo Bonaparte, named after Napoleon I's mother, Letizia Bonaparte.
A remarkable event that happened in the piazza is the unearthing, in 2009, of the ancient remains of Emperor Hadrian's Athenaeum, a school that the emperor founded during his reign.
Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy