From Piazza Trinita dei Monti to Via Vittoria
The starting point of the first route is the Piazza Trinita dei Monti, whose name comes from the church of Trinita dei Monti, located in Campo Marzio, overlooking the famous steps of Piazza di Spagna. The first part of the church was built between 1502 and 1519 in the Gothic style; was consecrated in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V.
At the end of the road overlooking the Spanish Steps, in the heart of Via Sistina and Via Gregoriana, there is the historic Palazzo Zuccari Federico Zuccari built in 1592 and renovated in the seventeenth century, in the eighteenth century and into the twentieth century. The door is made of a mask with a huge open mouth, as if to swallow those who enter, with a nose to act as keystone, cheeks to be the frame and eyes with eyebrows: these strange decorations caused it to be named the "House of Monsters".
Walking through Viale Trinita dei Monti there is Caffe’ Ciampini, whose tradition started in 1931 by Giuseppe and Francesca Ciampini. Thanks to a combination of passion, love and culinary experience they founded the "Tre Scalini" historic restaurant located in one of the most beautiful areas of Piazza Navona, bounding the name and that of the family Ciampini to the creation of the famous "Ice Cream Truffle", whose recipe is still secret.
From the church we go down the famous Spanish Steps.
The building right of the stairs, called "Red Cottage" has hosted in the last days of his life the poet John Keats. The building was restored and turned into a library and museum in honor of that poet Keats and his friend, Shelley. On the other side of the staircase, stands the twin palace that faithfully mirrors the structural and decorative elements of the Red Cottage, and the ground floor houses the restaurant, Babington's Tea Room.
Founded in 1893 it has maintained the style and atmosphere of the Victorian era.
It has always been a favorite meeting place for Romans and visitors, it is a quiet corner at the foot of the stairs, where an atmosphere of times long gone by, where you can enjoy the best tea of the capital or enjoy delicious dishes and desserts strictly "home made". Today Babington's offers to its customers, in a small tea shop in the historic Tea Room, the opportunity to purchase over 120 teas and coffees from around the world.
Once down the stairs you find yourself admiring one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza di Spagna. The square acquired its present appearance between the '600 and' 700, with the characteristic shape of a butterfly's wings, made up of two triangles with a common vertex. Initially called the Trinity was then known as the Spanish Steps in reference to the Spanish ambassador's residence located here. In the center you can admire the Fountain of Four Rivers in 1629, designed by Pietro Bernini in memory of the flood of the Tiber in 1598.
From the Spanish walk along Via Condotti. Its construction is due to Paul III, who opened the Via Trinitatis crossing the Campus Martius from east to west connecting the slopes of the Pincio with Piazza Nicosia and Ripetta. Starting from 1518 it was known as the "Via dei Condotti," because he followed one of the water pipesof the Virgo acqueduct that had begun to feed the Campus Martius. Going up the street, at number 20 you will find the Antico Caffe’ Greco.
Founded in 1760, the Antico Caffe’ Greco stands for the international aspect of Rome. Artists, philsophers, celebrities, and powerful rulers of all times and places have been gathering here for 250 years in this free thought area, enriched over time with countless works of art and historical relics.
Going back you reach Via del Babuino, the beautiful boulevard meant to unite the refined elegance of the Spanish Steps to the brightness of Piazza del Popolo. In 1571, a fountain was built for public use (still present today) and the statue of a Silenus, the ancient god of water sources, was placed on top of the tank. For its ugly face like a monkey was called by the Romans "thebaboon." Hence the name of the street.
Turning to via Vittoria there is Bertoletti. Fur establishment founded in Rome in 1882, by the last of a family of Piedmontese umbrella makers, Francesco Bertoletti. Today Bertoletti Italian High Fashion since 1882 remains one of the last true craftsmanship Made in Italy, always been run by the family who is working to ensure that the trade mark may shortly become a brand through two primary objectives: the internationalization of trade and brand awareness.
Walking again in Via del Babuino you would finf the Galleria Ca 'd'Oro.
Historical place of exposure for the biggest names of the twentieth century and expression of continuus intellectual and artistic vitality for over forty years, the Galleria Ca 'd'Oro is an important center for the promotion and distribution of Italian and international creative talent.
At the end of the itinerary you can relax for a lunch or a dinner reaching the Via Flaminia 858 Trattoria Ai Due Ponti.
The restaurant "Ai Due Ponti" boasts, thanks to its nearly one hundred years, strong culinary traditions and flavors, handed down for four generations. It was "Angelino" to undertake and found this wonderful business in 1922 and now run by his great-grandchildren, with dedication and professionalism. The essence of the place, expressed especially by the “old room reminds us its being typically Hostaria Romana, based on simple and homemade, but at the same time warm, friendly and elegant. The many amazing dishes and desserts remind of natural, genuine flavours of once. The walls of the room seem to be telling their story, the story of Italy, film, literature, poetry and drama and stories passed down orally from generation to generation by the owners.