A relatively narrow alley in Rome’s Trevi district, the Vicolo Scanderbeg is an oasis of calm in this busy neighborhood, sandwiched as it is between 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century buildings. It was the first street in Rome with a non-Italian name. The Piazza Scanderbeg is about halfway down the street.
Piazza Scanderbeg Rome
History and description
If you eixt the Piazza del Trevi into Via del Lavatore, you can then turn right into the Vicolo Scanderbeg to eventually reach the Piazza del Quirinale via the Via della Dataria.
The street owes its name to the Albanian prince Giorgio Castriota, whose nickname was Scanderbeg (or, Roman-style, “Scannabecchi”) and who had arrived in Rome in 1465 to ask Pope Paul II for help in the Albanian Christians’ struggle against the Turks.
The prince had a building (the Palazzo Scanderbeg) built at n.117 of what is now the Piazza Scanderbeg. Above the entrance to the building hangs a portrait of the man himself. His heirs were left the task of having the portrait restored whenever it seemed necessary (the last time this happened in 1843), so it is still in very good condition. The Palazzo has four floors that, however, are not all built in the same style.
The so-called Arco della Dataria makes the street even more picturesque. This arch built over the street in 1860 connects the Palazzo della Dataria with the Palazzo del Quirinale.
Via dei Modelli
One of the side streets of the Vicolo Scanderbeg is the Via dei Modelli, so named because many artist models, mostly from the Ciociaria area south of Rome, lived here.