Happy Birthday… Via Giulia!

Via Giulia, one of my favorite streets in Rome, turns 500 this year.

via giulia, rome (May, 2006)

According to this New York Times article, via Giulia is named after Pope Julius II, who commissioned the street as part of a plan to square off the streets around the Vatican. That’s fairly odd, as it’s not all that close to Chez Pope; in fact it’s on the other side of the Tiber river.

Mind you, it’s not that far either. In fact, I took this photo on the morning Martine and I walked from our apartment on Campo dei Fiori to the Vatican, by way of Via Giulia. Its north-west terminus is about half a kilometer from the Piazza San Pietro.

So happy birthday Via Giulia. At 500 you’re older than any city in North America, but by Roman standards you’re still a spring chicken.