Rome is the place where you need to get lost! The city that’s full of suprises, history, charm, and colors. Put away your map, and roam around the historic center of Rome to discover beauties, that you couldn’t imagine! That’s the only way to really experience the eternal city, and the beautiful streets to see in Rome!
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! After 9 visits, I can tell you, that I still didn’t see it all! And believe me, I’ve spent way too many hours roaming around already! Let’s see now some highlights!
Beautiful streets to see in Rome
#1 Via della Reginella & #2 Via dei Pastini
Those incredible little streets are one of the many reasons I love the Italian capital so much! It’s all about experiencing, breathing it in, enjoying it. Rome is not the place where you should be running with a tourist bus around. Rome is the city that you have to experience, to feel!
As simple as that. This is also the reason why each blogger and travel expert is suggesting to WALK when you’re visiting Rome! There’s so much more than the main landmarks, so much more hidden beauty!
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 can!
If you’re a frequent visitor on my blog, or my Instagram, you may already know that I have an obsession with colorful streets… Well, that obsession started in 2015 here, in the Eternal city!
#3 Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome
Via del Governo Vecchio is the street where I spend most of my time when I’m in Rome. I discovered it back in 2015, and ever since that, this is my favorite street in Rome! Via del Governo Vecchio runs from Piazza Navona almost to the Castel San Angelo, parallel with the main street of Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II.
My favorite bar, the Bistro and Wine Bar Pasquino, and one of my fav restaurants, the Ristorante Pasquino are located on this street. They are both steps away from Piazza Navona. Also, one of the best gelaterias (ice cream shops) called Ice cRome is located right opposite these restaurants. Beside the charm, that really Italian narrow, cobbled street vibe, the buildings are beautiful as well!
Via del Governo Vecchio also offers a variaty of bars, restaurants, shops, more gelaterias, art galleries and antiquity stores all along the way! There’s no way to not find something you like on this street!
Find details about this area, Piazza Navona and it’s a neighbourhood in my previous article:
#4 Via dei Condotti – Rome luxury lane
Each big city has its fashion street where you can find all the famous luxury brands. In Rome, this street is called Via dei Condotti. A street linking Via del Corso with Piazza di Spagna, where you can find the famous Spanish Steps. I know many of you are looking for the famous shopping street in Rome near Spanish Steps, so I wanted to highlight Via Condotti, as I do find this street fascinating!
If you’re heading from Via del Corso through Via dei Condotti, you’ll have an amazing view of the Spanish Steps and the church of Trinita dei Monti. So even if you’re not interested in shopping, or admiring the shopfronts, this view is worth a walk through Via dei Condotti!
Via Condotti features all the famous Italian fashion brands like Armani, BVLGARI, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada. Though, you will find others like Chanel, Luis Vuitton, Swarowski, or Cartier. 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 on the famous shopping street in Rome near Spanish Steps!
Streets of Trastevere, Rome Italy
#5 Via del Moro & #6 Via della Pelliccia
Trastevere is my second favorite neighborhood in Rome after the Navona neighborhood! It is located south from the Vatican city, near the Tevere river. One of those things I love the most in this area is the streets. Colorful, cozy, vibrant, and VERY ITALIAN. You’re bumping into traditional bars and restaurants on every step, literally! Colorful buildings, the flowers, the cobblestone roads… it’s just enchanting and fascinating.
#7 Vicolo Moroni
In the past two years, I’ve been always booking my hostels/hotels/b&bs in Trastevere. One of my favorite places while I was traveling alone was the Orsa Maggiore Hostel for Woman Only. There’s nothing better than going out in the morning for a cappuccino and having it in such a beautiful atmosphere!
Trastevere is a bit outside the center of the city, which explains why is still much more traditional, and Roman, than other sides of the historic center. For a real Italian experience in Rome, definitely try to stroll around the streets of Trastevere!
#8 Via Margutta – the famous street from the Roman Holiday movie
Via Margutta runs between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo. It’s a more hidden street, but with Google Maps you’ll find it easily. Originally, Via Margutta was home of various stables and workshops. It changed its face in the 20th century though!
It became famous after the premier of the Roman Holiday movie. As you may know, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) in the movie was living on this street of Rome, on Via Margutta. Thanks to the success of the Roman Holiday movie, many famous people moved here afterward.
This is how the neighborhood slowly became an exclusive, really expensive neighborhood in Rome. Today Via Margutta is hosting numerous art galleries, luxury shops, and restaurants. The neighborhood is still the residence of a wealthier layer of Romans.
#9 Via Giulia – a hidden piece of art by Michelangelo
This street goes parallel with the Tevere river on the historic center of Rome. It’s really close to Piazza Navona, Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II, and Campo di Fiori. Via Giulia was one of the first projects of Renaissance Rome. The street was designed by Bramante, who at the same time was working on the St Peter’s Basilica.
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, where merchants and bankers lived. It’s still considered a really elegant side of Rome, though it looks like it’s not as popular as a couple of years ago. Via Giulia the past decades was really popular for its antiquities and fashion boutiques, but today you won’t find many of these open.
However, this street of Rome is still considered significant 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. You can still see this arch leaning over Via Giulia on its southern end.
Streets of Rome in Campo di Fiori neighborhood
#10 Vicolo del Malpasso & #11 Vicolo della Scimia
Some of my favorite hidden streets are in the neighborhood of Campo di Fiori. As this side of the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele is not that overwhelmed with visitors, the streets are much nicer, calmer, charming. As I was staying mostly in Trastevere neighborhood, the easiest way to get there was always through the cobbled streets. This is how I discovered both Vicolo del Malpasso and Vicolo della Scimia between many others!
Vicolo della Scimia got burned into my brain, because I had to pass through it every sigle time I was going to or from the historic center of Rome. This one street couldn’t be replaced with another, and I was always freaking out on it. Don’t worry, it’s a safe street! Otherwise I wouldn’t be suggesting to see it!
The reason I was freaking out, because I’m terribly afraid of rats, and Rome has a great population of them. On this vicolo, there’s no place to go right or left, and it has no doors. So you get on it on one side of the palazzo block and you get out on the other side. So I was always stressed out, that what if a huge rat will walk against me?!? Where I’m going to run? What if one walks onto the street from one side and the other from the other side? I can’t escape!!! Of course, that never happened, but when someone’s this terrified, our brain can play with us a lot.
#12 Via del Corso
#13 Via Nazionale
#14 Via dei Fori Imperiali
#15 Via Appia
So, don’t worry, just put away your map, and head on to explore the streets of Rome. Discover the magic, find the hidden gems, and just breathe the atmosphere in. Rome has unbelievable magic, that you need to experience yourself!
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