Piazza Venezia: History and Image in Roman Cartography from the Renaissance to Today

SERIES: One square, so many stories series - Under the aegis of Edith Gabrielli, director of VIVE
SPEAKERMario Bevilacqua
DATEThursday 5 December, 6pm 
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio

Since the early Renaissance, Piazza Venezia has been the most representative urban hub of the city. Marking the end of the monumental axis of the Corso, it leads to the Capitoline Hill, Rome’s civic centre, the premises of the Municipality and the residence of the Senatore.
The plans and views of Rome made from the 16th to the 19th century, in the changing techniques, tools, sensibilities and needs, testify to the development of the urban structure and record its uses and functions. The continuous remodelling of public space evolved in relation to the often conflicting needs of central, noble and religious power.
Opposite the sacralised entrance to Piazza del Popolo, at the end of the straight layout of the Corso from the 16th century on, Piazza Venezia crystallised as a secular and noble square par excellence.
Remodelled bynew monumental tendencies, between the 19th and 20th centuries it confirmed this role, amplified in the spectacular monumental development that made it the symbol of the capital of the Kingdom and then of the fascist regime.


Mario Bevilacqua, full professor of History of Architecture at “Sapienza” Università di Roma, is director of the Centre for Studies of Culture and the Image in Rome. He has curated exhibitions and scientific conferences, and published extensively on themes of the architecture, city and cartography of Rome between the late Middle Ages and the modern age.
His publications include: “Il Monte dei Cenci. Una famiglia romana e il suo insediamento tra medioevo ed età barocca” (Gangemi, 1997); “Roma nel secolo dei lumi. Architettura erudizione scienza nella Pianta di Roma di G.B. Nolli” (Electa Napoli, 1998); “Piranesi Taccuini di Modena” (Artemide, 2008); “Piante di Roma da Bufalini a Nolli” (Artemide, 2018).