The Via dei Banchi Vecchi is one of the most beautiful streets in the center of Rome and even though it is very short it still manages to run through three rioni: Ponte, Parione and Regola.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi Rome
It starts almost at the end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and goes off in south-eastern directions to end after a couple of blocks and split up into the Via del Pellegrino and the Via di Monserrato.
Originally the Via dei Banchi Vecchi was divided into two parts, the Via della Chiavica di Santa Lucia and the Via dei Banchi. The first part got its name from a church (Santa Lucia del Gonfalone) and a sewer and the second part because of the presence of the mint and of a number of banks.
When the mint was moved the street came to be called the Via dei Banchi Vecchi and the street the mint was moved to, on the other side of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the Via dei Banchi Nuovi.
Tourist attractions in the Via dei Banchi Vecchi are the above-mentioned Santa Lucia del Gonfalone church and the Palazzo Crivelli.