Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Spada & via Giulia

Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Spada & via Giulia – half day walk. The title of this walk may already be a good indication of what you’re going to see. The walk, this afternoon, takes place in the Rione Regola. The main attractions of this itinerary are the Palazzo Spada, a museum containing valuable works of art, and Via Giulia, the most authentically Renaissance of Rome, an authentic urban jewel that has kept much of its original appearance, unlike other environments of the city, also contaminated by superstructures of the twentieth century. Along this route there is also the beautiful palace Falconieri that can only be visited on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Though small, the district contains many kinds of buildings: palaces, hospitals, churches, embassies, run down prisons. This walk can be combined with the following itineraries: The Janiculum, The Vatican and St.Peter’s.

Great walks in Rome: enjoy your morning walk

Starting point: Piazza Campo Dè Fiori
Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13
Galleria Spada (Palace and museum)


Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Spada & via Giulia - half day walk
Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Spada & via Giulia - half day walk: la fontana del mascherone
Via Giulia, 262

Santa Maria dell’Orazione e Morte (Non Parish Church currently under renovation)
Look carefully at the ornaments on the facade of the church, the bell tower, the two marble slabs on the sides, the arch with lilies. This church belongs to the homonymous brotherhood whose purpose was to give burial and pray for all the dead unburied and abandoned in the Roman countryside.


Via di Monserrato, 111
Santa Caterina da Siena ( Non Parish Church)
It was rebuilt in 1526 by a society of Siena, and was decorated with frescoes by T. della Vite, pupil of Raphael. There is the tombs of the painter Grammatica. Notice the two coats of arms at the top with the wolf and the twins and written SPQS symbol of the city of Siena. Already in the fourteenth century there was a presence of Siena in Rome so great that the whole area between Via del Montserrat and the Tiber was called Castrum Senese.

Via del Gonfalone 29
Carceri Nuove (Museum of Criminology -Historical Museum)
Look closely at the Palace and take a ride around for Vicolo delle Prigioni, Via Bravaria and Vicolo della Scimia. You can admire the Palace in all its grandeur. Note the grates on the windows. Through the massive portal with tapered over a plaque, was accessed once the New Prisons, so called because it replaced the oldest prisons located at Tor di Nona, Corte Savella and Borgo.

Via del Gonfalone, 32/a
Oratorio del Gonfalone (Church closed for worship)
The Oratorio del Gonfalone is one of the most evocative pictorial and architectural complexes of the second half of the sixteenth century. Jewel of Roman Mannerism, in the heart of Renaissance Rome, it is framed by magnificent frescoes by Federico Zuccari and bottega.

Via Giulia 63
San Biagio della Pagnotta (Non Parish Church)

Restored in 1072. The facade wav renewed from the designs by An. Perfetti. Gregorius XVI in 1882 gave it to the Armenian Catholics, who restored it. The church is famous for the liturgy which is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of the saint, during which it is distributed to the faithful a blessed bread. Moreover in this particular function, there is the anointing of the throat in memory of the miraculous ability of S. Biagio, considered by popular tradition, healer of diseases of the throat.

Piazza dell’Oro 1

San Giovanni de’ Fiorentini (Parish Church, Small Basilica)
Dwell the look towards the end of the facade from Via Giulia with the high gable, and behind, the church’s dome.
At the foot of the stairs you can still see clearly the holes of the beautiful iron gate enclosing the entire front of the church, removed in 1939. Note also, next to the doors, the bas-reliefs with Florentines lilies. The curch was erected in 1488 from designs by Sansovino, Ant. Sangallo, and Giacomo della Porta. The chorus is by Maderno, the façade is by Galilei and was built by Clement XlI. There are some magnificent paintings by artisty of Florence. In the church were buried the Maderno and Borromini: a tombstone in the nave, under the dome recalls the first, while a plaque in the third left pillar commemorates the other artist.

Great walks in Rome: enjoy your dinner time

Piazza dell’Oro 6
Vino e Camino (restaurant)
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Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Spada & via Giulia notes and opening hours

Galleria SpadaPiazza Capo di Ferro, 13
Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 8.30 am – 7.30 pm
Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1
Adult: € 5,00
Agreement with Roma Pass

San Giovanni de’ Fiorentini Piazza dell’Oro 1
Opening hours:
7.25 – 12.00 | 17.00 – 19.00

Santa Maria dell’Orazione e MorteVia Giulia, 262
Open Sunday 04:00pm-07:00pm
Closed July
Closed August
The church extended itself over the cemetery of a brotherhood that was here founded during C.XVI to gather up the unknown corpses and give them a christian burial. On the façade, a graffito plate representing the “Morte intenta ad osservare un cadavere” is located amidst pilasters, pilaster strips and macabre decorations of winged skulls used as corbels.

Santa Caterina da SienaVia di Monserrato, 111
Opening hours:
Weekdays from 17.00 to 19.00
Holidays open from 10.30 to 12.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00

Oratorio del GonfaloneVia del Gonfalone, 32/a
Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00
Ticket price: € 8

Carceri Nuove museumVia del Gonfalone 29
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9.00 / 13.00
Tuesday and Thursday: 14.30 / 18.30
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays
Ticket price: € 2

San Biagio della Pagnotta Via Giulia 63
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 7.00am-8.00am 4.30pm-7.00pm
Sunday 4.30pm-6.30pm
Mon-Fri 6.00am 7.30am
Saturday 6.00am 7.30am 6.00pm(armenian catholic rite)
Sunday and Holidays 6.30pm