De Via Urbana is a narrow and lively alley in the Monti district of Rome. The street runs parallel to the Via Cavour, although 4 meters below the level of that main street. It used to be a street full of artisans’ shops, but, like the rest of the neighbourhood, has become a touristy street full of picturesque little restaurants and coffee bars.
Via Urbana Rome
History and description
The Via Urbana is not a very long street: It starts near the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and ends at the entrance of the Cavour metro stop. From this point onward the street continues under the name Via Leonina.
The Via Urbana more or less follows the route of the ancient vicus Patricius, as the name would seem to indicate, a street where the wealthier portion of the inhabitants of Rome used to live. Its present name refers to Pope Urban VIII, who ordered the street to be straightened and (though this is hard to imagine) widened.
Saint Peter himself is supposed to have been a guest of Senator Pudens, who lived in the Via Urbana. This has never been proved, though. The Senator and his children would later be martyred.
Practical information Via Urbana
There is a supermarket on the north side of the Via Urbana.
There is a parking garage (Tuttauto) across the road from the supermarket.
Most of Via Urbana is a one way street, running from south to north.
Tourist Attractions Via Urbana
Church of Santa Pudenziana: Considered the oldest Christian church in Rome and dedicated to one of the aforementioned Senator Pudens‘ daughters.
Via Urbana, 23 is now owned by the Roman newspaper Il Messaggero, but used to house the Teatro Manzoni. The original facade is still intact.
The Via Urbana is bookended by two of Rome’s loudest pubs, the Druid’s Rock (at the moment closed) and Finnegan‘s. Lately there have been a lot of problems between loud and drunken patrons of these pubs (and other establishments in the area) and tourists are not always felt to be welcome anymore.