The Via del Corso is a straight, main road situated in the centre of the historical centre of Rome. In the 15th century it was used as a racetrack for riderless horses called the “Corso dei Barberi” from which it takes its name. Running North-South, it links the northern entrance gate the Porta del Popolo and its piazza to the heart of the city at the Piazza Venezia. At the Piazza del Poppolo are two Baroque churches, Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. Going further along the Corso are the churches of San Carlo al Corso, San Giacomo in Augusta and Gèsu e Maria. There is also the Piazza Colonna with the ancient column of Marcus Aurelius and the Galleria Alberto Sordi, Santa Maria in Via Lata, San Marcello al Corso and the Palazzo Doria Pamphill. Today the Via del Corso is a busy pedestrianised street which is popular with Romans and visitors alike and its famous shops such as Ferrari and the Swarowski Crystal provide interest for shopping enthusiasts. The Corso is the place for the ‘Passeggiata’ – the evening stroll – the place to be seen.
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