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Via del Corso seen from Altare della Patria.

Via del Corso (the ancient via Lata), commonly known as the Corso, is the main street running through the historical centre of Rome, Italy. It is remarkable for being absolutely straight in an area characterized by narrow meandering alleys and small piazzas. It is also wider than most streets in the centre of Rome, but still only has barely room for two lanes of traffic and two narrow sidewalks. The northern portion of the street is a pedestrian area. The length of the street is roughly 1.5 kilometres.

The Corso runs in a roughly north-south direction. In the north it ends at Piazza del Popolo between Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. The southern terminus is at Piazza Venezia. There are no major tourist attractions along the street itself, but the nearby area has them in abundance. Major sites near the Corso include the Ara Pacis, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, Il Vittoriano and Forum Romanum.


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