Interesting Sights along Via Giulia
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my strating point was at the ponte vittorio emmanuelle 2...i turned right from the bridge and then turned left on the first street on the left which was via giulia. the first important landmark was the church of San Giovanni. and then immediately after that were grand residential palaces on both sides of the street.
the architectural designs are great. if i was an architectural student, i would have been in heaven. the facade of the grand houses were very ornate and reflects mostly the position of the resident. there was an armenian church in the middle of the stretch followed by a very imposing structure which housed the ministry of justice and a museum of crime. i didnt go inside as i was not interested in that kind of exhibit.
as you go further up there were ruins of the san filippo neri church. before you each the end of the road, you wil see the archway that connects the palazzo farnese to its garden accross the road. it was a beautiful archway with hanging vines that almost reach the street floor.
right after the archway, another famous landmark awaits you, the fontana del mascherone which is basically just a grotesque mask on a granite basin in a baroque fashion. this leads to the end of the road, the intersection of lungoteveri de tebaldi.
this walk is link to the second walk guide which is a 2 hour walk to trastevere and the janiculum hill. by crossing the ponte sisto from tebaldi road, the walk starts on the santa cecilia church in trastevere.
the landmarks in trastevere would be santa maria church and the piazza. it also has the botanical garden and more churches and piazzas and open markets.
i have never been to so many churches in one day. this has got to be the church capital of the world. every where you go, there is at least one in every street. and most of them could be 3-4 centuries old.
i enjoyed waling on the cobbled streets. it added to its authenticity. i imagined how centuries ago, the romans were walking on the same cobbled street as i did then. i felt awed. i enjoyed it so much because the walk wasn't really hurried. that was the beauty of this wlking guide. it was a leisurely stroll.
the way back was equally enjoyable. i stopped and rest at one of the cafes along the way and get recharged. all in all, it was a great day...and it was just my first day. great start.
i went back to the hotel and my room was ready. finally i can lie down and have a quick nap. the room was huge and the feel of the hotel was impressive. i feel like i was living in a medieval castle (which was what it was) and the decor was very spartan...a reminder that it was once a papal residence. (see pics of the hotel below).
the plan is to rest, take a shower and then have dinner at piazza novona...it wasn't too far from where i was staying.