The streets of Rome!

So for lack of a better name, my creative genious only allows to mention this post as the streets of Rome! Indeed it is always refreshing to walk any city and those you visit seems to give oneself a positive feeling on life and the bounties of our Earth.

I have come to Rome several times over the years in France and if you have read my blog, one of my pastimes is to get lost on the city streets on foot. Above ground you see more and its better for you  ok. Well Rome was no difference whether on business or with the family vacation I walk. The family always remarks that I walk and don’t even look back lol! Well I am looking at the architecture as I go by always fascinating if I could only been an architect lol! (well its runs in the family we have them!).

I have written on the monuments before in my blog and there are numerous indeed as Rome should be. However, let me try to remind me of my wonderful walks on some areas/streets of Rome on this post. Follow me, you just need to keep up lol! And of course for info’s sake I will rely this time a bit on Wikipedia!, and my own memory lol!

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”…that saying is so true especially when you look at the impressive architecture lining the streets of this ancient city. Walking along the streets of Rome we were able to appreciate the modern day version of Roman architecture, yet still maintaining a distinctive reflection on Italian Renaissance style. Colorful and vibrant facades combined with the aforementioned intricate details ensure that these back streets maintain their timeless charm. How could you ever get bored of exploring these narrow, cobblestone streets? The simple answer, never!

Let me give you some of my favorite spots when walking in Rome business or pleasure!

Via Cavour, is a street in the Castro Pretorio rione of Rome, named after Camillo Cavour. It is served by the Rome Metro stations Cavour and Termini.Wonderful

Piazza Colonna is a square that owes its name to the column of Marcus Aurelius which is located at this place since antiquity and which also gives the name to rione Colonna, of which belongs the square. It is located on the central axis of via del Corso, near Montecitorio and the Pantheon, not far from Piazza Venezia.

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Via della Conciliazione (Conciliation Street) is a major street in the Rione of Borgo, leading to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City. Around 500 meters in length, it connects Saint Peter’s Square to the Castel Sant’Angelo near  the Tiber River. The road was constructed between 1937 and 1950, and it is the primary access route to the Square. In addition to shops and residences, it is bordered by a number of historical and religious buildings and palaces , including the Palazzo Torlonia, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and the Palazzo dei Convertendi, and the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

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Via del Corso , commonly known as the Corso, is the main street running through the historical center of the city.  The northern portion of the street is a pedestrian area. The length of the street is roughly 1.5 km.

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Via dei Fori Imperiali is a road in the center of the city that runs in a straight line from the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum.  The road, whose original name was “Via dell’Impero”, was built during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini. Its course takes it over parts of the Forum of Trajan, Forum of Augustus and Forum of Nerva, parts of which can be seen on both sides of the road.

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Via di Santa Sabina, this charming street runs along the top of the Aventine Hill, and is full of history and beauty. At one end is the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and the secret keyhole, while the other end leads to a rose garden and the Circus Maximus. On the way you’ll pass the intriguing Churches of Sant’Alessio and Santa Sabina, and the Giardino degli Aranci or orange garden, which is renowned as the most romantic and scenic park in Rome. The park offers spectacular views of St Peter’s Basilica and the rooftops of Rome. Indeed one of the highlights of our walks but steep hilly climb ok.

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It is really hard to name one street close to Fontana di Trevi worthier than another, simply because the entire area is full of life and joy, including very nice restaurants, cafeterias, and ice cream places. After that, if you are lucky, you can enjoy the sun next to the fountain and throw your coin to ensure your return to Rome! Of course, do it!

Via dei Condotti and Via Frattina  are two of the intersection  that lead to the Piazza di Spagna, these shopping streets known for the presence of luxury boutique, where you can find many prestigious brands such as Dior, Versace Prada etc. The other side Via dei Coronari that most antique collections is shown. There are shops and galleries with antique furniture and objects, art decò, oriental art. historical sewing workshops and handicrafts made in Italy. This street which surrounds Piazza Navona, was the first rectilinear road open in the medieval city by Pope Sixtus IV in view of the Jubilee of 1475. Via Condotti This street perpendicularly connects Via del Corso to the Piazza di Spagna. It was opened in 1554, at the will of Pope Paul III Farnese, The route along Via dei Condotti is marked by an important step from the point of view of the relationship of the Holy City with the Catholic countries, the chiesa della SS. Trinità degli Spagnoli.

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Via del Tritone ,passing through the Galleria Alberto Sordi, there is the commercial center of Rinascente. A busy area of the Food Hall with two magnificent rooftop terraces, and with only one element: a real archeological site with the remains of the Virgin inaugurated by “Emperor Auguste in 19 BC.

The Piazza Navona  ,on one side of the square Via del Governo Vecchio offering historic shops where to find clothes of the 60’s and 70’s with a great flea market. Piazza Navona is a beautiful square that inhabits a space once occupied by a stadium built by Domitian in the 1C AC. It was then paved and lined with palaces and churches in the Baroque period, in particular the Pamphili Palace, built in the 17C.

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Via del Babuino, this is one of the fan-shaped streets starting from Piazza del Popolo, the connecting axis of two of Rome’s most famous squares. It is one of the streets that is particularly marked by some of the most exclusive antique shops in the capital.

And what about some neighborhoods with delightful streets to walk until you drop well plenty to eat and drink along the way lol!

Tourist office of Rome on its squares

The Campo di Marte district is a vast plain between the Tiber and the Quirinal hill. Antically dedicated to Mars, there were magnificent ceremonies, games, and military exercises. Today, this district is home to a wide variety of sites and monuments,

Crossing the neighborhoods of the Campo di Marte and the Campo dei Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II leads from the Victor Emmanuel II bridge to the Gesù church. This wide avenue also serves the Palace of the Chancellery, the most elegant building of Renaissance Rome, and San Andrea Square.

The Largo di Torre Argentina, in the heart of the Campo di Marte district, is a large archaeological area surrounded by a railing, where remains of four of the oldest temples in Rome are revealed, since they were built in the third and second centuries before Christ. Indeed walking by is very impressive of such oldness in city center.

Piazza di Venezia is the main square where the Corso, a large avenue that plunges into the Campo di Marte district, meets on one side, and Via dei Fori Imperiali on the other, which leads to the imperial and republican forums and to the Coliseum. Around the square are different palaces.

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The Piazza del Campidoglio or Capitol Square is an opportunity to rediscover the genius of Michel Ange, who remastered it in theatrical fashion in 1536. The grand staircase leading to it, is framed by two impressive statues of mythical twins Castor and Pollux.

The Campo dei Flori is one of Rome’s liveliest squares. Indeed, on this old green meadow is held every morning (except Sunday) a market, where we find in particular vegetables and flowers. The rest of the day, you can enjoy its cafes and restaurants. Wonderful are indeed.

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The Piazza del Popolo was converted in the 16C to what was then the northern entrance to the city. Today, it is distinguished by its elliptical shape and the presence of an Egyptian obelisk reported by Augustus, who was previously in the Circo Massimo.

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The Quirinale is one of the seven great hills of Rome. It was already intensely populated in ancient Rome, but the district owes its present appearance to the 17C. Its magnificent baroque monuments are among the most important in the capital.

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On the Piazza dei Barberini square, there are two fountains made by Bernini: the Triton fountain and the Abeilles fountain. There is also the Barberini Palace. It is a perfect starting point for a stroll on the Quirinale Hill, bordered by the Presidential Palace, the Quirinale Palace; this Piazza del Quirinale  square contains several exceptional ornaments like the statues of Castor and Pollux dating from the 4C or the big obelisk.

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Tourist office of Rome in English

As an added bonus, follow the listing of tourist information points in the city of Rome that wil guide in every detail. Hope it helps

Tourist Info Point Termini station-Via Giovanni Giolitti 34, interior building F – track 24, from 8h to 18h45 (Monday-Sunday)  . Tourist Info Point Castel Sant’Angelo-Piazza Pia-from 8h30 to 18h15 (Monday-Sunday).  Tourist Info National Point-Via Nazionale (Palace of Expositions), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday) . Tourist Info Point Minghetti-Via Marco Minghetti (corner with Via del Corso), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday).  Tourist Info Point Imperial Forums-Via dei Fori Imperiali, from 9h30 to 19h (from 15 to 30 June), from 9h to 20h45 (from 1 to 15 September), from 9h  to 21h45 (from 1 July to 31 August). Tourist Info Point Navona-Piazza delle Cinque Lune (Piazza Navona), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday). Tourist Info Point Sonnino-Piazza Sonnino, from 10h30 to 19h45 (Monday-Sunday). Tourist Info Point Ciampino-G.B. Pastine Airport – International arrivals, customs area/baggage claim, from 8h30 to 18h  (Monday-Sunday) .  Tourist Info Point Fiumicino-Leonardo Da Vinci Airport – International arrivals Terminal T3, from 8h to 20h45 (Mon-Sun). Tourist reception Point Campitelli-Piazza Campitelli, from 9h to 18h45 (Monday-Friday; closed on Saturdays and Sundays).  Tourist reception Point Barberini-Tourism Department-training and work, via di San Basilio N. 51, Monday to Thursday from 8h to 18h, Friday from 8h  to 17h.

And there you go some of my favorite spots, I am sure you may have others in the eternal Roma; ciao Romano! Remember to walk the streets of Rome!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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