Rome is the place where you need to get lost!
Even if you’ve been in Rome, you’ve never actually seen Rome if you didn’t get lost on those colorful cobbled streets. That’s a fact!
Those incredible little streets are one of the many reasons I love the Italian capital so much. The beauty of this place is, that you don’t just make a list of some major attractions and just take a bus and go from one to another. The reason why each blogger and travel expert is suggesting to WALK when you’re visiting Rome is that there is so much more to see than those main attractions!
This is very common in many big cities… to not have the opportunity for any memorable street experience. But Rome, Rome has the most beautiful streets to wander around for as many hours as you want.
I guess it’s already becoming obvious to all of you, that I have an obsession with colorful streets… Well that obsession started here!
Via del Governo Vecchio
Via del Governo Vecchio is the street where I spend most of my time when I’m in Rome.
My favorite bar, the Bistro and Wine Bar Pasquino, one of my fav restaurants, the Ristorante Pasquino, and one of the best gelaterias (ice cream shops) called Ice cRome is located here. The street links the Piazza Navona (my favorite square in Rome) with the breathtaking Castel San Angelo. It has to offer numerous bars, restaurants, shops, gelaterias, and antique stores.
Via dei Condotti – the fashion heaven
Each big city has it’s fashion street where you can find all the famous luxury brands.
Rome’s fashion street is called Via dei Condotti. Between Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna. Aside shopping, it has an amazing view on the Spanish Steps and the church of Trinita dei Monti.
Via Condotti features brands like Armani, BVULGARI, Versace, Prada and Chanel. Now I’ve mentioned just a few, but you can basically find all the luxury brands here. When I’ve first walked down this street I was still at university. That day I’ve promised myself, that if once I’ll buy a luxury item, I will do it here.
Streets of Trastevere
Trastevere is my second favorite neighbourhood in Rome after the Navona neighbourhood. It is located south from the Vatican city, near the Tevere river. One of those things I love the most in this area are the streets. Colorful, cozy, vibrant and VERY ITALIAN. You’re bumping into bars and restaurants on every step, literally! Colorful buildings, the flowers, the cobblestone roads… it’s just enchanting and fascinating.
In the past two years, I’ve been always booking my hostels/hotels/b&bs in Trastevere.
I think there’s nothing more beautiful in Rome than walking out from the house to these colorful streets, and starting the day by feeling already in heaven.
Via Margutta – the famous street from the Roman Holiday movie
This street is very close to the Spanish steps and Piazza del Popolo. Originally it was the home of various workshops and stables.
It became famous after the Roman Holiday movie, as Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) in the movie was living on this street. Thanks to the success of the Roman Holiday, many famous people moved here afterwards, and it became an exclusive neighbourhood. Nowadays it’s hosting various art galleries and restaurants to explore.
Via Giulia – a hidden piece of art by Michelangelo
This street goes parallel with the Tevere river, and it was one of the first projects of the Renaissance Rome.
The street links the Ponte Sisto Bridge with the San Giovanni di Fiorentini church. Back in the 16th century, it was Rome’s most fashionable street. A few years ago it was still famous for its antiquities and fashion boutiques.
Unfortunately these days it lost it’s glow, but I still consider it important, because of the amazing renaissance artist, Michelangelo. He had a plan to connect the Palazzo Farnese which can be found on this street, to the Farnese Villa in the Trastevere district. He succeeded with one part of his plan and the bridge he built above via Giulia is still there. If you’re visitng Rome in late Spring, you’ll find this bridge cowered with beautiful flowers, which makes it even more beautiful.
Vicolo della Scimia – the street where you can’t escape…
Wow… When I started writing this article I realised something about this place, which I never thought about in the past years while passing this street thousands of times. It is called Vicolo della Scimia, and scimia means mouse.
My biggest fear regarding Rome was always to meet rats. I did meet some, to be honest, but much less than expected while walking in fear alone on these streets over the nights.
This cozy little street is the place I’m always thinking that if a rat shows up, there’s nowhere to run, and I just realized that it’s actually called the street of mouses. Good morning Helga!
Now, I obviously wouldn’t suggest visiting this street if I would’ve seen any mouses or rats on it. So again, there’s no need to panic!
But now that I shared my little fear, I would like to inform you all: In Rome it’s not rare to meet rats on the streets. They are living in the caves under the city and they are causing pretty big headache to the city administration. Again: I’ve seen in total 4 rats during 9 visits to Rome, so there’s no need to panic!
Any thoughts, tips or questions?