Built at the end of 19th century after the unification of Italy Prati is one of the few examples of rational city planning in Rome. Prati has wide streets, but this doesn't seem to have helped the traffic that is often chaotic. Plenty of food and clothing shops (the most important zones are Via Trionfale for food and Via Cola di Rienzo for clothes) Prati offers a great variety of attractions, from restaurants to cinemas and night clubs. It is near St Peter's and not far from the historic centre. Public transport is good (both buses and underground) and it's a good solution for those who want to be close to the centre of Rome, but who can't quite make the rents in the historic centre. Apartments are more spacious and cheaper than in the historic centre and there is residential parking as well as plenty of long-term parking in private garages.
THINGS TO SEE
Corte di Cassazione
The Palace of Justice is located between Piazza Cavour and the Lungotevere embankments and is known by Romans as the Palazzaccio. It is the seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation. Designed by Perugia architect Guglielmo Calderini, the building was one of the largest construction projects carried out in Rome in the late 19th century. It underwent extensive renovations in the 1970s due to its foundations sinking into the alluvial soil below. Prati is also the home of the the civil courts in Via Giulio Cesare and the criminal courts in Piazzale degli Eroi.
Chiesa Sacro Cuore Del Suffraggio
The church of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage is sometimes referred to as the little Milan Cathedral thanks to its remarkable neo-gothic facade. The church also houses the Museum of the Souls of Purgatory whose walls contain the likeness of a human face, dating to a fire in 1897. The priest at the time believed the image was a soul in Purgatory making contact with the living. Located on the Lungotevere near the Corte Costituzionale, the church was designed by Giuseppe Gualandi and completed in 1917.
Rome’s Olympic Stadium was inaugurated in 1953 although its history dates back to 1928 when there was a smaller fascist-built stadium on the same site. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1960 Summer Olympics. It was almost entirely rebuilt for the 1990 World Cup and then had another minor restyling in 2008. The stadium, which seats more than 70,000 spectators, is home to the Serie A football clubs Lazio and AS Roma, and each year it hosts international matches, the Golden Gala track and field event, and the Coppa Italia final.
Via Cola Di Rienzo
Prati’s main shopping street offers a combination of clothing chain stores, boutiques and food shops. Prices here are cheaper than in the historic centre. The thoroughfare is named after the mediaeval politician and tribune of the Roman people who is commemorated with a statue near the Campidoglio, where he was killed in 1354.