Via Giulia, which stretches for half a mile parallel to the banks of the river Tiber, is lined end to end with churches and elegant palazzi. It was commissioned in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, after whom it is named, as a pilgrim route to St Peter’s basilica.
Start your walk at the Mascherone or mask fountain. This was commissioned by the Farnese family & was created by combining two ancient sculptures. It was said to have dispensed wine instead of water for Farnese parties – my sort of fountain!
Immediately after the arch, on the left hand side of the street, is the church of Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte. This church was founded to collect the bodies of the unknown dead (usually fished out of the Tiber river) and give them a Christian burial. The Baroque exterior is covered with images of death.
At the end of the street sits the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. This was the national church of the Florentine community that lived here in Renaissance times.
If you would like to stay on Via Giulia then a couple of hotels would fit the bill - Hotel Indigo St George and D.O.M Hotel Both have lovely terraces on which to enjoy an aperitif after exploring this lovely street.