From Piazza San Silvestro to Via del Leoncino
San Silvestro Square is a great starting point to explore the area of Campo Marzio.
Before you begin your journey, you must see Bedetti. The shop was opened here by Marcello Bedetti in 1955.
It quickly became a landmark famous for watches, jewelry and the precious gifts because of the quality of products available, the professionalism of the services offered and the very personality of Marcello: educated man, eclectic, with great humor and passion for life. In 2006 it was elevated to first Rolex Corner in Italy along with a series of events and exhibitions related to the world of art and luxury involving an audience increasingly fond of the Store Bedetti.
The beautiful church of San Silvestro that give the name to the square also known as "in capite" because there is the preserved head of St. John the Baptist. The church was built in a place where there was a temple dedicated to the worship of the sun. Nearby you can visit the church of Sant'Andrea delle Frate, rebuilt in the late sixteenth century, whose name comes from its location, once the outskirts of the city, where there were bushes (“frate” in roman dialect). It should be remembered above all for the work of Francesco Borromini, who, between 1653 and 1667, built the beautiful bell tower and dome.
Not far away, crossing Via del Tritone you arrive to the famous Trevi Fountain. Its history is closely linked to that of the construction of the Virgo aqueduct, which dates from the time of Emperor Augustus. The design of the square and the fountain was started under the Pope Urban VIII in 1640, but after many interruptions and changes over the years, the fountain was unveiled in all its glory in 1762, under Pope Clement XIII.
From Piazza San Silvestro along Via del Gambero and then turning left on Via della Vite you reach Hausmann & Co. in Via del Corso.
For more than 200 years Hausmann marks the time of Rome. Founded in 1794, the company ennobled the art of watchmaking in the city. Located in the Old Town, the store is placed in the same elegant rooms where it was moved in 1891, where generations of Hausmann and Frielingsdorf welcomed their selected international customers. The company, which represents the most prestigious watch brands, is the owner of a renowned laboratory for technical assistance, irreplaceable point of reference for collectors around the world and responsible for the maintenance of valuable watches and living rooms and the apartments of the Holy See .
Crossing Via del Corso you reach the triange shaped square that takes its name from the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina, built in the fourth century on the ruins of the residence of a Christian matron. The underground excavations of the church are certainly worth visiting : there you can see the mosaic floors and decorated walls of a domus of the first century, where the matron Lucina offered hospitality to the first Christian communities. On the opposite side of the square you can relax by sitting at the Bar Ciampini.
The present location opened in 1990, becoming a stylish coffee and helping to make the place one of the finest in town . The pride of place is the ice cream, still home made. In addition Ciampini has been ranked for years in many Italian, European, Arab and Asian magazines for the quality of delicacies and confectionery, for appetizers and for the original "Truffle" flavor created by Angelo at Tre Scalini restaurant in Piazza Navona; it is a common destination not only of a high-level clientele, made up of artists, politicians, professionals, intellectuals, journalists nd athletes, but also many Italian and foreign tourists. Another venue is on the nearby via del Leoncino.
In via del Leoncino you must visit the store LAR Paralumi. The craftsmanship of the LAR produces, since 1938, lampshades and lamps of high quality in a tradition passed down for three generations by the family Gualdani. Here, today, products are made entirely by hand in every stage of production, from the ancient parchment sewn lampshades, the plisse’, the classic lined fabric coming to the lines of modern design. The lamps, unique handicrafts in ceramic, brass, iron, wood and bronze , are the result of collaboration with other artisans of proven tradition. The pieces shown in the windows are a quick journey through the history of lighting design through the fashion and classic.
After passing the narrow streets, you will reach Piazza della Fontanella Borghese where you will find the entrance of the imposing Palazzo Borghese. The building is in an area completely dedicated to the memory of the great Roman family and was the pride of the family estates. The Palace is also known by the name of “Borghese Piano" and reputed to be considered among the wonders of Rome together with the " Farnese Maze", the "Gates of Carboniani" and " Caetani Steps". The latter is located in Palazzo Ruspoli Caetani, which is situated along Via della Fontanella Borghese to Via del Corso. The original core of the building dates back to the sixteenth century.