How to spend a perfect day on Rome’s Best Street

In the heart of Rome lies a street that encapsulates the city's essence — Via del Governo Vecchio.

As Italy gradually returns to a semblance of normalcy, my compass points straight to this vibrant thoroughfare.

Translating to "street of the old government," a nod to the former papal office at No. 39, Via del Governo Vecchio packs the quintessence of Rome within its mere 450 meters, just a stone's throw away from Piazza Navona.

It's a charming enclave brimming with meticulously curated vintage shops, bustling aperitivo bars, and delectable pizzerias and gelaterias.

Amidst the whirlwind of Rome's obligatory sightseeing circuit, Via del Governo Vecchio offers a respite, inviting visitors to slow down and savor a few hours in the Eternal City.

Embark on your journey in the late afternoon, around 4 p.m., with a delightful exploration of three premier vintage stores.

At Omero e Cecilia, immerse yourself in a retro ambiance reminiscent of a 1970s Warhol-esque time capsule, guided by discerning merchants who treasure each flowy skirt, leather satchel, and Balenciaga jacket adorning their cozy boutique.

Venture further into the whimsical realm of Michele Abiti Usati, where treasures abound in every nook and cranny, beckoning you to unearth hidden gems amidst the eclectic array of merchandise.

For a more refined selection, Cinzia Vestiti Usati awaits with its captivating assortment, particularly renowned for its accessories and irresistible bargains.

If literature captivates your soul more than fashion, indulge in a visit to Otherwise, an English-language bookstore brimming with diverse titles, nestled across the street from its parent store, Altroquando, which boasts an array of Italian books, a gallery space, and a charming pub tucked away in the basement.

With your retail cravings satisfied, embrace the quintessential Italian tradition of aperitivo time as the evening approaches.

Along Via del Governo Vecchio, the streets come alive with the convivial ambiance of sidewalk tables, where locals and visitors alike gather to unwind.

Cul de Sac stands out as a favorite haunt, offering an impressive selection of 1,500 wines served by knowledgeable staff in the picturesque setting of Piazza di Pasquino.

Alternatively, seek refuge in the cozy ambiance of Enoteca Il Piccolo, where you can relish in an array of drinks and snacks while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the street.

As the evening unfolds, resist the temptation of a full dinner and instead succumb to the allure of Rome's iconic pizza.

Join the throngs of eager patrons at Pizzeria Da Baffetto, a beloved establishment renowned for its no-frills approach, mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas, and bustling atmosphere adorned with photographs of past celebrity diners.

Whether you secure a reservation in advance or brave the swiftly moving queue, the experience promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Adjacent to the pizzeria, another queue forms, this time for dessert at Frigidarium.