From Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina to via del Vicario
Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina is the starting point for exploring the area around Montecitorio Palace. The square, triangle shaped, takes its name from the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina, built in the fourth century on the ruins of the residence of Christian matron.
The underground excavations of the church are certainly worth visiting. Here 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. Here starts Via Campo Marzio. Did you know that the little road, including its palaces, hides an important discovery: the sundial of Augustus? The discovery dates back to 1979, when during the works in the basement of a house that faces the street, seven meters from the ground level and covered with a layer of water, large slabs of travertine surfaced. Lists of bronze horizontal and vertical marked the slabs, with signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Leo and Virgo. It is actually a section of the large sundial placed in the Campo Marzio between Via della Lupa and Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, where already in the '400 the great sundial ,built by Emperor Augustus in 10 AC, had been partly discovered.
On the way to Campo Marzio is you find Banchetti Sport.
Banchetti was found in 1918, one of the first clothing stores and sporting facilities in the capital. Since then it gained a privileged position in the hearts of all those who love sports thanks to its large supply of clothing and handed down through three generations of experience, friendliness and privacy. Always attentive to the latest trends in sport fashion sports, Banchetti Sports guarantees its customers to find the highest quality items belonging to the most prestigious brands in the industry.
Keep walking the same road, on the right, Via Prefetti, we find the ancient palace Pallavicini-Montorio in 1300, where you find Tebro.
The "House of Special Lingerie" began its activity in 1867 in the same premises. It was one of the first textile business in 1800, already mentioned in the books of the history of Rome: "Ancient Arts and Crafts in Rome". In 1937, the knight Mario Pizzolato took over the company. Since then, three generations passed and the company has become one of the most important companies in the capital in the field of household linen and underqear for man, woman and child. The quality of the products, including customized ones, Italian style, continuous innovation, the ability to create their own unique and exclusive collections, and the customer service represent their strength for over 140 years.
On the same Via Prefetti you can see the church of St. Nicholas of Bari, called S. Nicolino for its small size. On the inside there is a picture of Mother Mary, which was originally located in a booth near the Lotto. The Virgin became famous in 1796 when some players saw it move its eyes and cry, they say because of the French invasion that was going on in the Papal States. The huge amount of pilgrims was a danger for the small road and for this reason it was decided to move the image of the Virgin Mary inside the church.
Returning to Via Campo Marzio on the left you will see Parliament Square. The square occupies part of what was called Business Road, which dominates the rear facade of the Palazzo Montecitorio, built in Art Nouveau style by Basile.
Continuing along Via di Campo Marzio you find Davide Cenci.
Three generations of elegance since 1926, select and propose what is most interesting is the international markets about clothing and accessories for men. For some time now they revolved towards women lines, dedicating new perspectives and an exclusive, fully independent store. Three generations pleasantly "obsessed" by the service to its customers, with its own private label line and the "made to measure", each season presents a collection that covers the whole of the day: from the front lines for special or formal occasions to elegant to casual sportswear. Here are the most prestigious brands in the international fashion system, with the "twist" that has always characterized them.
Nearby is Piazza Campo Marzio, where you can admire the beautiful church of Santa Maria in Campo Marzio. The church, according to tradition, dates back to the eighth century, when some nuns from Constantinople, fleeing persecution, settled here.
The present church is the result of a reconstruction carried out in 1668-1685 by Giovanni Antonio de Rossi, who also built the front yard.
Taking Via degli uffici del Vicario, check another store:Terracina.
On February 4, 1928 Giulio and Letizia Terracina pend the store in this street at no. 4, with an adjoining shirts workshop upstairs. They conquered politicians and celebrities becoming a landmark of the shopping area. They integrated various departments of sportswear, classic, footwear and accessories for both men and women. The second generation, then made a large contribution with innovative ideas and opening new departments.
On the same street is a must to stop and refresh your palate by Giolitti.
Ice cream, Bar and Cafeteria is one of the most famous at national and international level.
In the late 1800s the family settled in Rome and opened the first dairy shop. In 1910 was opened Award-winning dairy Giolitti, in Via della Consolazine, run by his son Giovanni. In 1930, in via del Vicario, was opened and run by his son Nazzareno, the business destined to become the most famous and historic family seat of Giolitti. Nazzareno then left to his three sons Alberto, Silvano and Franco the family business. Since 1980, Nazzareno then started the franchise to penetrate and spread the brand globally.
In 1990, opened the new "Giolitti Catering ' that from the beginning has been a success thanks to the undisputed traits related to the quality, reliability and elegance of a famous name.