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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 10:45
Viewed: 1923
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What makes «Via della Conciliazione» (Road of the Conciliation) the most disliked avenue in Rome?

It is a relatively short street, running east/west from the Castel Sant' Angelo on the north bank of the Tiber (here swinging southwest around the historical city centre) to the magnificent Piazza S. Pietro.

And yet, less than 60 years ago — the road was constructed between 1936 and 1950 — Via della Conciliazione did not exist.

What did the path from the Castel Sant' Angelo to St. Peter's Basilica look like before Via della Conciliazione sliced its way through? What relics of ancient Rome were displaced or destroyed to create it, and why?

From the final major reconstruction of Borgo in the 15th Century, the site which the Via della Conciliazione now covers remained occupied by residential, religious, and historical buildings for nearly 500 years.

Was the Prime Minister Benito Mussolini that resurrected the idea of a grand thoroughfare symbolically connecting the Vatican to the heart of the Italian capital. To fulfill this vision, Mussolini turned to the prominent Fascist architects Marcello Piacentini and Attilio Spaccarelli.

Demolition of the spina of Borgo began with Mussolini's symbolic strike of the first building with a pickaxe on October 29, 1936, and continued for twelve months.

Even at the time, the demolition proved controversial, with many Borgo residents displaced en masse to settlements ("borgate") outside of the city. Among the buildings dismantled, either totally or in part, and rebuilt in another position; and other buildings, like the palace of the Governatore del Borgo and the Church of S. Giacomo a Scossacavalli, were destroyed.

However, the construction of the road was only a small feature in the reconstruction of Rome ordered by Mussolini, which ranged from the restoration of the «Castel Sant'Angelo», the clearance of the «Mausoleum of Augustus», to the vastly more complicated site of the «Via dell'Impero» through Rome's ancient imperial remains.

His plan was to transform Rome into a monument to Italian fascism. In five years, Rome must appear marvellous to all the peoples of the world; vast, orderly, powerful, as it was in the time of the first empire of Augustus Benito Mussolini.

The construction of the road continued long after Mussolini's death and the abolition of Italian Fascism.
The final obelisk was installed in time for the Jubilee of 1950. Since its completion, the road has acted as the primary access point to St. Peter's Square, and by extension to the Vatican City itself.

But I can assure you that the walk from the Castel to the Piazza engenders an almost ethereal state of mind and heart. There's a sense that the street, the basilica, the avenue leading not only one's feet but one's eyes and in fact one's soul toward the splendor of the rising edifice are ageless, timeless, ancient: and meant to be.


data extracted from:
«www.wikipedia.com» and «www.lifeinitaly.com»

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Ótima profundidade de campo, muito bom seu
ponto de vista, tons bastante agradáveis e
bela nitidez. Pra variar, mais um excelente
trabalho, amigo mb. Meus parabéns!

Grande abraço do amigo brasileiro,

super colors
+ lighting


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-16 11:31]


merveilleuse image, de toute beauté ton cadrage, ce ciel est grandiose par sa couleur, les belles facades, qui nous m^^ene ver la beauté, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


hi Jose;
wonderful image~~!!
excellent presentation, great work
nicely captured, colours, lighting, ROMA eternal city :)
well done
regards Karolina

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-03-16 11:56]

Hi my friend...

A very beautiful and impressive shot, of "Via della Conciliazione"
Perfect view, nice details and well composed photo with exl Not.
I like your post, congratulations,

Hello Jose,
Perfect light...
Perfect composition...
Perfect perspective...
Selahattin E

Hi José,
Wonderful view of this street leading to the entrance of Vatican City. Thank you for recalling my summer memories waling there searching an air-conditioned pizzeria in the +40C. :) Well saturated colours, perfect clarity and details on the whole picture. Great job, TFS!

Jose this is excellent work grt details and very nice pov and well presented

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-03-16 13:23]

It looks more like apainting Jose,the Roman influenceis well seen here.


Hi Jose,
it's fantastic this photo, you created a magical atmosphere in this shot, a great contribute to a great town like Rome. Great POV and DOF and great soft light here, congratulations, you are a master.

Bonjour Jose,
Beautiful presentation and composition,
Nice tone of colours and details,
great architecture and perpective,
My compliments

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-03-16 14:45]

Hi Jose:

Nice view of this famous street.
Beautiful colors and nice DOF.
Very nice composition.


Amigo José,

Poucas vezes vi as belezas da Itália tão bem retratadas quanto nesta sua série!
Excelente olhar, misturando poesia e encanto!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-16 15:15]

HI Jose
I am probably the one one on Tl, old enough to remember Mussolini and when he was hanged.
A good dof with the basilica in sight.
Excellent note and shot

Boa noite jose
I was very young...and I asked myself a very strange question.
What look like that road to Reach Vatican...
This is a fantastic photo of Vatican...
Love the light, the detalis...a great rendez-vous.
My regards

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-16 19:06]


I'm not sure about the yellow green hue in the sky, but sharpness & composition are superb. Good perspective also. Tfs!

Great perspective. Wonderful soft colours. Bravo maestro

Hi Master
Wonderful capture and perspective
Great historical place and architectural details
Take care

Bom dia Jose,

finally...I saw you have uploaded your image last night, but I couldn't comment (ran out of my greenies and I wanted to give you one).

I don't know where to start...with the image or with the note. They are both magnificent. I was really touched by this words...*But I can assure you that the walk from the Castel to the Piazza engenders an almost ethereal state of mind and heart. * I feel like that everytime when I am in Italy. It doesn't matter where I am, what city I am seeing, what street I am walking on...I always feel that my soul, mind and heart are somewhere above me, experiencing all this on a completely different level.

And what to say about the photo? Excellent. Excellent colours and superb composition. Well seen and well captured.



Hi Jose
Good shot of the made in Italy series.
Nice POV and amazing DOF, but I prefer a different hour for taking this shot to eliminate the strong shadows on the left hand buildings. Well done
Regards, Alireza :)

Bom dia JM

Fantástica imagem.Excelente perspectiva, cores, luz, detalhes, profundidade de campo,tudo no ponto.
Obrigado pela nota excelente como sempre.

Grande abraço

José Diogo

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-17 1:44]

You know I love this tones ...


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-03-17 2:48]

hi Jose

A fine shot of the street view showing the fine Italian scenery and architecture of Rome. I wonder on the blue color tone of the sky if it is really what is seen without polariser?

The warm light adds a good contrast and clarity to the details of this POV.

Good work and very helpful note.

tfs, bill

Hello Jose
Fantastic photo,amazing work with the colours and tones.
superb light and detalis.
excellent presentation .
Best regards,

Very interesting commentary Jose. Initially I was just noticing the subdued lighting of the photo. The commentary adds a great deal.



Hi Jose..nice shot...great details..nice deep colors..well done.


Ciao Jose,

Uma bela peça de arquitectura antiga, foi capturado!
O Dome ao fundo apontando para o céu, da uma dinâmica impressão, e os edifícios são bem enquadrado ...
A rua é bonita , a foto foi cuidadosamente elaborada
que ela me lembra de uma Roma Antiga.
Como se fosse um postal!

Good Week


Ciao Jose, beutiful view with great DOF and wonderful perspective, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-17 8:04]

Hi Jose,
The controversial project of Mussolini has given a splendid result despite its many disadvantages! As usual, you captured the essence of this place so finely!
I love the mood created by the low light and the perspective towards the Vatican. A great addition at your serie!
Bravo! Annie

ciao Doctor Mbrito alias Jose!
wonderful perspective of the Conciliazione road.
Very particular effect of the sky and good Jose mood working
have good yes week (end)!

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-03-17 11:34]

Hi Jose!
Impressive composed photo, Perfect light colours and perspective, a wonderful unique " mbrito " atmosphere!
Compliments and TFS

Hi Jose,
There is more contrast in this scene than you are able to catch. So you did a good job in getting this result, which is great.
It gives a good sight on the great arhitecture. TFS. The note is too long for me. ;-)

Perfect shot of the Via Della Concilliazione, Jose.
The walking peopleadds life to the street.
Buildings are very good placed and lighted.
Cheers Jose.

Hi Jose, wonderful capture of this old and historical avenue with excellent composition and wonderful colours provideng a special depth to shot.
TFS and cheers,

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-17 13:49]

Hello Jose.
I was there and I remember similar condition in this place.
Thanks for bring back my memories.
Janek Kloss

Hello Jose,
this picture has something surreal , perfect colors and amazing light..Love it :)))
warm regards my friend

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2009-03-17 14:11]

Hi Jose !
Very nice soft tones (particularly the sky !) and a light very well managed ! Nice work !
Best regards

Ola Jose,
What a superb postcard vith colours, lighting, sharpness and perspective are perfect.TFS.
Um grande abraço,


Ola Jose!
LIGHT - it's mastermind of mood and very specific atmosphere on this. You perfectly caught this beautiful sunlight. I like these unusual colours.
Regards, Ewa

Ola Jose! Wonderful POV, ideal perspective. Nice light and very nice colours. Excellent focus. Saude!

And another perfect work, and another extraordinary atmosphere.

Colors, and again "something" else, in your hands can make any scene to a magical one. Great work dear friend!

All the best!

Ola Jose:
fantastica foto.
a perfundidade criada pelas sombras,muito bem

my dear josè, this time, although the image is fantastoc, the note gets to the heart of all of us deeper than ever !
parabens, my friend
lookinforward to hostig you in a warmer season than last time ....

Marvelous quality here Jose! Excellent sharpness, I love the lower light tones. It looks like an old master's painting! Very artisitic! Outstanding work!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-03-18 8:47]

Merhaba dear Jose...
This is a great shot...
The composition is very nice, is very cool.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-03-19 2:59]

Hi Jose,
excellent dense and rich colours of the building and the sky.
Brilliant composition with light and perspective very captivating.
Smooth and neat capture of this wonderful historical scenic place.


Bonjour José
Very great colours as you know to do and well choosen wide sight.Very interesting notes too.
Yes I enjoy

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  • Maged Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 9 N: 251] (2656)
  • [2009-03-21 11:34]

Hello Dear Jose
Another superb shot , i like this kind of pictures so much , beautiful color tone and excellent POV.
Best Regards

this is what F11 can do to your shot.. :) i like the dark colours here.. very good shot with lovely composition.. the city view is just stunning to look at.. well done..

regards, terry

Excellent pov, composition and colours TFS
warm regards

Boa tarde José!

Não sabia a história dessa avenida. Obrigado pela nota.
Em relação à foto: Gostei muito dessa ausência de brilho. Penso que o azul do céu com o amarelo do sol contrastam muito bem neste ambiente. Nitidez e DOF, perfeitos.
Meus parabéns, amigo

grande abraço e boa semana,


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