Via Giulia, Rome
Via Giulia is a beautiful street, almost one kilometre long, that leads from the city centre straight down to the Vatican. It was laid out in the 16th century by the famous architect Bramante on the orders of Pope Julius II, from whom the street gets its name. It is actually the longest street in Rome that is built in a straight line; to do so Bramante had to demolish many buildings that had been built along the previous (and much more crooked) street Via Magistralis. Its purpose was to accommodate the large numbers of pilgrims coming to Rome so that they could more easily reach the Vatican. Many beautiful buildings can be seen along this street; the most interesting part is the southeastern end, where you can find the Fontana del Mascherone, the church of Santa Maria in Orazione e Morte, the backside of the Palazzo Farnese (the inner courtyard is also visible from the back doorway), and the Farnese bridge with its hanging ivy.
Photo by sushimifune.
Almost parallel to the Tevere river is the Via Giulia; one of the first Renaissance streets (16th century plan by Bramante). An impressive yet cosy street to stroll.
You can take one of the little buses of line 116 to get there.
Take 60 minutes of your time and simply relax yourself walking along via Giulia: it's not a shopping street but it's worthy a visit !!! Take some looks to building courtyards ...