One of the most magical parts of Rome for travelers is the beautiful streets of Via Del Governo Vecchio. The 450-meter stretch, whose name translates to The Street of the Old Government in reference to the former Papal office, hosts some of the city’s well-curated vintage shops, pizzerias, and gelato shops among others. From 15th to 16th-century buildings, delish desserts, trendy boutiques and many more amazing places, the whole street of Via Del Governo Vecchio is a vibe you should not miss.
A Street for Vintage Fashion
The best time to start exploring the mysterious and majestic streets of Rome is around 4 PM. Start by visiting the trendy, funky boutiques and browse through their extensive vintage collection. The Via Del Governo stretch is the perfect spot for fashion fanatics who are looking to pick up pieces that are just magnificent. First, you will notice a couple of shops with 70s vintage-inspired clothing like Omero E Cecilia, Michele Abiti Usati, and Cinzia Vestiti Usati. The small hole in the wall arrangement and the square in the wall stacks. Rummage through the flowy skirts, minidresses, vintage handbags, and beautiful accessories at the multiple shops, but don’t lose the opportunity for a good bargain.
Books and Dining
For literature enthusiasts, the streets are home to book shops that are a window into a different world. Head to English bookshops like Otherwise or its parent store Altroquando which features Italian literature. Otherwise has a diverse collection of English titles for you to browse from, while Altroquando has not only a great collection of Italian titles but also a gallery space and a dining place in its basement. While in the Via del Governo Vecchio, visit the clock tower of the Oratory of San Filippo Neri designed by Francesco Borromini. To unwind in style after ambling through the streets, grab a table at one of the many restaurants available on the streets, like Enoteca Il Piccolo.
Pizzas and Gelatos
Down the road is the most amazing pizza place, Pizzeria Da Baffetto, which lives up to its reputation as one of the best, if the long lines in front of it are any indication. The place is a must-try for the true Italian paper-thin pizzas coming out from woodfire ovens. Another Italian treat that should not be missed is the lip-smacking gelatos. Frigidarium is ranked as one of the top-rated gelato shops in the city and a scoop or two of its artisanal gelato is the perfect end to a day in the streets of Rome.