Today we discover one of the main streets of Palermo, via Roma! A downtown street that our passengers will know well, having had a privileged view through the route of our shuttle buses to Palermo Falcone and Borsellino Airport.
Along Via Roma it is possible to observe part of the history of Palermo, passing by historic buildings such as the Biondo theater from the early 1900s or the post office building from the Fascist period. Until the unification of Italy, the area corresponding to the current Via Roma was nothing more than a popular district, which was subsequently transformed into an important artery aimed at connecting the Central Station (newly built) with the area of the “new” Palermo , corresponding to Piazza Politeama, and the port.
The document that gave origin to Via Roma, “The Regulatory Plan for Restoration” by Felice Giarrusso, dating back to 1885, led to the change of the entire area, following the footsteps of the great roads that cut in half the cities of Turin, Naples or Milan and on the inspiration of Baron Haussmann’s city planning of Paris.
The construction of this street, designed to contain service buildings, and not as an avenue of noble villas like the equally famous Via Libertà, caused an important change in the heart of the city, causing quite a few controversies regarding the important structures that were sacrificed. Speaking of this, the most acute observers will have noticed that via Roma is not exactly straight, but has a very small deviation at Corso Vittorio Emanuele: this anomaly is due to the presence of the palazzo del Marchese Arezzo who, with some pressure on the high floors, managed to save his residence moving the axis of the street a little further.
Today maintains Via Roma its fundamental role as a link between the two souls of the city, offering not only important commercial services but also glimpses of splendid ancient buildings or typical streets of the historic city center. It is a real treasure to be discovered, which revolves around this important street, an artery in the urban but also anatomical sense of the term, connecting the “heart” of the historic center to other areas of the city.