The new Contrada became Via Roma

The Contrada Nuova was renamed "rue Pauline" during the French occupation, as a tribute to the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, wife of the governor of Turin. In 1871 it finally takes the name of Via Roma, in honor of the new capital of the Kingdom of Italy. the Porta Nuova Railway Station was located on the King's Avenue (now Vittorio Emanuele) in 1861. The large station, in line with Via Roma, confirms the centrality and importance of the artery.

Image from the 1900's. Porta Nuova station on the background

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