Via Giulia

Area in Centro Storico

Designed by Bramante in 1508 as part of a big urban development program ordered by Pope Julius II, Via Giulia is one of Rome's most charming streets, a picturesque strip of churches, colourful Renaissance palazzi and potted orange trees.

At its southern end, the 17th-century Fontana del Mascherone features the face of a man seemingly surprised by water spewing from his mouth. Just beyond it, and spanning the road, is the Arco Farnese, an overhead arch designed by Michelangelo as part of an unfinished project to connect Palazzo Farnese with Villa Farnesina on the opposite side of the Tiber.

Continuing north, on the left, down Via di Sant’Eligio, is the lovely Raphael-designed Chiesa di Sant’Eligio degli Orefici.