I always thought some of the best city spots are usually just behind the main tourist sites, where visitor crowds start to gradually disperse and you can take a nice walk at a slow-paced rhythm: here’s one of them! A street which looks like a small town’s boulevard, via del Governo Vecchio, and one of my favorites in Rome, going from Piazza Pasquino (named after the statue of Pasquino, Rome’s first “talking” statue, where the citizens used to anonymously post their critical expressions about local authorities) just behind Piazza Navona, to Piazza Orologio near Castel Sant’Angelo bridge.
I usually head to this area when I’m up to perusing fancy second-hand clothing shops, and also for a casual but hearty meal, by eating a slice of generously stuffed focaccia at Lo Zozzone (be prepared for a long queue, especially at around lunchtime) once on via del Governo Vecchio, now moved just around the corner, in via del Teatro Pace no. 32.
This is a must visit place if you’re looking for either second-hand shops or trendy boutiques, or nice cafes and restaurants: for the most part the shops are a bit pricey, but believe me when I tell you this area’s absolutely worth a visit (you’ll be grateful when you take the time to discover some bargain offers!).
More? Here you go! One of my favorite local garment manufacturers is Kolby, on via del Governo Vecchio no. 63-65: if you have a passion for non-logo, minimalist clothing design, don’t miss a visit there!