Running parallel to the Tiber River for about half a mile (almost 1 kilometer), Via Giulia is often featured in walking, e-bike, or Segway tours of Rome’s characteristic historic center. Those looking for thrills and chills can opt for a ghost or haunted walking tour of Rome by night that touches on mysterious and legend-laden sights on and around Via Giulia. A popular option for foodies is a market tour and cooking class in nearby Campo de’ Fiori. Highlights along the route include Michelangelo’s Arco Farnese, the adjoining Palazzo Farnese, and the 17th-century Fontana del Mascherone. Other architectural gems include Palazzo Falconieri, the baroque Santa Maria dell'Orazione Church, and Palazzo Sacchetti.
Things to know before you go
- The street is known for its prestigious antique shops, and is a must-see for antique aficionados.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen if taking a walking tour of Rome’s historic center during the hot summer months.
- A number of cafés and restaurants are located along Via Giulia for a convenient meal or snack.
- Though accessible to wheelchair users, the road is paved with bumpy cobblestones and open to traffic.
How to get there
Via Giulia is in Rome’s historic center, an easy walk from the busy bus hub on Via di Torre Argentina and the Campo de’ Fiori square.
When to get there
Stroll along Via Giulia during business hours if you would like to browse the shops and visit the churches, otherwise the street is particularly romantic at night.
The Renaissance Beauty of Piazza Farnese
Via Giulia runs along the rear facade of Palazzo Farnese, which dominates the elegant Piazza Farnese on the opposite side. The largest Renaissance palace in Rome and today home to the French Embassy, Palazzo Farnese was constructed in the early 16th century by a Farnese cardinal, later Pope Paul III.
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- Piazza Farnese
- Ponte Sisto
- Farnese Palace (Palazzo Farnese)
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum (Mostra di Leonardo)
- Campo de' Fiori
- Villa Farnesina
- Welcome to Rome
- Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle
- Rome Corsini Palace (Palazzo Corsini)
- San Carlo ai Catinari Church (Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari)
- Chiesa Nuova (Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella)
- Piazza Trilussa
- Pamphilj Palace (Palazzo Pamphilj)
- Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone (Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone)
- Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana delle Quattro Fiumi)