A long time ago during the Roman Empire the Via Veneto area was inhabited by rich Roman families with luxurious villas. The area once again experienced a brief resurgence of fame and decadence after Italian film director Federico Fellini released his 1960 classic "La Dolce Vita".
Elegance, great hotels and luxury shops is what you will find along these streets.
The area borders the relaxing Borghese gardens. Its focal point and heart is the Via Veneto which winds its way from the Piazza Barberini (with Bernini's Fontana del Tritone) to the Porta Pinciana at the Villa Borghese gardens.
Characteristic of the area are the covered cafes on wide sidewalks (a luxury in Rome) and the beautiful 19th century villas and hotels. A prime example being the US Embassy. This grand palazzo was originally the private residence of the Ludovisi family, the original owners of most of the Via Veneto area.
The 'Fontana del tritone' in Piazza Barberini was a Bernini work and was commissioned by Pope Urban Barberini VIII in 1642 to celebrate the completion of his palace - the Palazzo Barberini.
Via delle quattro fontane runs from the Piazza Barberini (the Fontana del Tritone side) towards Via del Quirinale, and where the two roads intersect sit the "Quattro Fontane" - the four fountains.
These four fountains each occupy the corner of one building on the intersection, which also happens to be the highest point of Quirinal hill - also the highest and largest of Rome's 7 hills. The work was commissioned by Pope Sixtus V as part of his massive restoration project of Rome.
The Palazzo Barberini in Via delle Quattro Fontane was originally built for Pope Urban in 1623 (Barberini being the Pope's original name) it now houses paintings from the 13th to 16th century and exhibitions for the National Art Gallery of Rome Italy.
Not to be missed is the beautiful Bernini sculpture, "The ecstacy of St Teresa". You will find it in the Santa Maria della Vittoria church in Via XX Settembre 17
If you're a thrill seeker and into delvings of the macabre kind then it may be worth your while to visit the Santa Maria della Concezione in Via Veneto No. 27. In the crypt beneath the church the bones of thousands of Capuchin friars decorate the walls in a sombre monument to death.
Choose your apartment in the Via Veneto area from the list on the right!