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designed by Richard Meier, which houses the elegant monument ded- icated to the goddess of peace in 9 B.C. when the emperor Augustus returned to Rome after three long years fighting wars abroad. After a short visit, continue walk-

ing north until you come upon the Piazza del Popolo. At the north end of the piazza, you’ll find the historic church of Santa Maria del Popolo, which is loaded with Renaissance art and two more magnificent Caravag- gios’, Te Conversion of St. Paul and Te Crucifixion of St. Peter. While you contemplate these dramatic pic- tures, you may also remember the eerie scene from Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons that was set here. If you still have some gas in your tank, you may want to head south again along the via del Babuino. Tis area is filled with antique shops and will lead you back to the Spanish Steps, lots of


Red Light Rome

he thriving commercial and residential suburb south of Rome’s historic center, called EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma), first commissioned by Mussolini in

the 1930s, recently got its own red light district. Prostitutes have always hung out in this middle to upper-middle class neighborhood, famous for its architecture that showcased Mussolini’s fascist ideologies. However, the outcry from residents who complained that

there is a “hooker every 100 feet” prompted the government to create a “zone of tolerance,” meaning the ladies of the night have to stay in a specific area of town and cannot congregate around schools, churches, parks, playgrounds or office buildings. Critics, including the Catholic church, say that the “zone”

legitimizes the exploitation of women, but most people are more concerned with the quality of life in the area where they live and work, as well as their safety.

fashionable shops and any number of other wonderful restaurants. Tis is the Rome I love and re- turn to every year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Duncan Pollock is a retired Madison Ave. ad man. When not in Rome eating well, he is a senior advisor to consulting firm edBridge Partners.

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