Boulevard des Italiens is one of Grands Boulevards and in the 19th century it was a meeting place of Parisian elite, with several cafés all along, which after World War I were replaced by other buildings. The street took its name from the Théâtre des Italiens, but through the years it had several other names, mainly honouring notable Frenchmen.
At the junction with rue Laffitte: a nice view of the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, which seems to have been placed on the top of the Church Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, which in fact, is much more distant.
Interesting places to visit:
At n° 19: Crédit Lyonnais headquarters built in the Haussmann style.
At n° 20: the place of the former luxury restaurant La Maison dorée (the Golden House). Now the headquarters of the bank BNP Paribas. The building retained the original facade, making it an example of facadism.
At n° 36: Building created in 1929. The ground floor was used as exposition hall for the Ford cars. Now, it is a fast food restaurant.