Via dei Banchi Nuovi

"Via dei Banchi Nuovi" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 6th June 2011

Via dei Banchi Nuovi

Creating of the street was began by Sixtus IV and it became prestigious immediately, as the members of the pontifical government were building here their residences. That is why the character of the street has a certain level and a unitary style. The first house on the left was a house of C.Maderno, who constructed it on base of two previous 15th century buildings and gave it a 17th century aspect.

The name "Banchi (Bank)" extended to the area that includes Via del Banco di Santo Spirito and Via dei Banchi Vecchi, refers precisely to the square where merchants, bankers, solicitors, clerks and merchants of all kinds business crowd. Via dei Banchi Nuovi was built by Pope Sixtus IV in the 16th Century. Its name was chosen to differentiate it from the nearby Via dei Banchi Vecchi, which is where bankers had their offices during the previous century and where the very rich Alessandro Chigi had his "bank". The street was part of the papal road that led from the Vatican to the Lateran. Over time it became more magnificent and elegant thanks to the construction of palazzi that powerful members of the Curia took as their residences.

Via dei Banchi Nuovi
Between Castel Sant Angelo and Campo de Fiori.
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Via dei Banchi Nuovi is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "34"
Bus: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Train: Ottaviano-S. Pietro

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