Day Two

The city is both stunning on its indoor tracks as it is on the outside: where the streets have a name.

I started the search for details on Via Giulia, born some five centuries ago to be the first street in Rome crossing in straight line the other “vicoli”. During about one kilometer walk, its past is trying to come out at almost every angle, inviting me for example to have a seat on a bench amazingly undefeated by the time or by the palace built over it.

Via Coronari is close by and it used to be the street where craftsmen of crowns and jewelry were gathered. Today it means small art boutiques and a genuine bohemian atmosphere. To be specially mentioned also the handmade shoes. 
Another past keeping street is Via Maguta, where you can walk on some Audrey Hepbourn traces of her “Roman Holiday” and pass by Fellini’s home. The happy and sad saga of the artists life lies there on the traits of the “Fountain of the Arts”. Just give it a smile and it will smile back.

I guess sometimes Rome silently rewards its wanderes, as I arrived by pure chance at the most beautiful crossroad I have ever seen: Quatro Fontane, between Via Felice and Via Pia. Unique in Rome, from this spot you can see an obelisque at east (of Santa Maria Maggiore), one at west (of  Trinità dei Monti) and the Quirinale obelisque at south; at the North there is Michelangelo’s Porta Pia. At the end of XVI century the Pope Sisto V decided to embelish the crossroad and thus today it seems a walking piece of art divided into four fountains, one for each angle. Two men figures representing Arno and Tevere are facing Diana and Juno, symbolising fidelity and power. Once arrived there, the baroque San Carlo church projected by Borromini has a magnificent ceiling waiting to be admired.IMG_7012IMG_7013IMG_7014IMG_7017IMG_7015IMG_7016