"Via del Babuino, Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
It was laid out by Clement VII for the Jubilee of 1525, developed by Paul III after who the street bore the name Via Paola for a number of years. The present name derives from a statue of Silen, which belonged to a fountain that was placed here in 1576 by Gregory XIII. The new street together with the parallel Via Margutta quickly became a center of residences of foreigners, and one part of it in the 16th century was named "Orto di Napoli" because of the presence of Neapolital colony. Rubens lived here in 1606-1608, and Poussin in 1624; in a house number 58 a Roman poet Trilussa was born, and in a house number 89 lived Carolina Sayn di Wittgenstein, a big love of F.Liszt. Centuries ago this street was occupied by art and antique shops, and this tradition continued till our days, making Via del Babuino one of the most famous in the world places of the trade of this kind.
Leaving Piazza di Spagna behind you and heading towards Piazza del Popolo, you will find yourself on Via del Babuino, a trendy city-center street lined with antique dealers, art galleries and exclusive boutiques. Some of the shops have a long history, such as the print shop, Disegni e quadri di Armando Pereira at number 110. Composed Richard Wagner and French painter Nicolas Poussin both used to live on this street.
Via del Babuino
Via del Babuino, 65, Piazza del Popolo,
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
Via del Babuino is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "8"
Subway: Spagna ( 495 m E), Fermata Flaminio ( 513 m NW) - Metro Underground line: A
Bus 88 - 95 - 117 - 119 - 490 - 495 - 628 - 926 - 204