Why is the broad avenue leading to St. Peter’s called the Street of Reconciliation? What does the Via dei Fori Imperiali—where the ancient imperial forums lie—have to do with Mussolini? How does the name Piazza Navona disclose what is hidden under the square?
Via Roma tells Rome’s secrets one street at a time.
In this brilliant guide, Willemijn van Dijk takes readers across time and place as they wander along the roads of the ancient Italian capital. Street by street, fifty of them, van Dijk allows the stones to reveal their origins, their makers, the significance of their names, and the history they continue to echo. Caesars, popes, dictators, mafia dons, generals, philosophers, and artists. Architecture, ideas, romance, food, and intrigue. Rome is the eternal city to which all roads lead, and van Dijk unfolds the city’s rich past through those roads.
Via Roma is an indispensable book for any and every inquisitive lover, and visitor, of the city along the Tiber.
Willemijn Van Dijk’s Via Roma is an evocative merging of Rome’s history with the multilayered material remains. Van Dijk weaves more than two millennia of the construction and destruction of Roman streets and buildings into a vibrant tapestry that brings to life its history and its inhabitants: palaces from which Caesars and popes ruled and misruled, temples of pagan divinities and the Christian God, buildings where artists and courtesans plied their trades, and places where a ‘heretic’ (Bruno) was burned and a revolutionary (Cola di Rienzo) was murdered. It will be an excellent preparation for any visitor to Rome.~Ron Mellor, Distinguished Research Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Smoothly, pointedly, and competently written. Even those who know a lot about the city and have been to Rome many times will find great pleasure in this book.~Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
An ideal book to accompany you on contemplative strolls through the history-steeped Italian capital.~Architectural Design Magazine
This book on the eternal city is an essential accompaniment for travelers to Rome.~Italië Uitgelicht
Understanding Rome, or any city, means understanding not just its space but its people. The fifty vignettes here combine the two magically.~James Corke-Webster, Greece & Rome