The Via Sistina is a street in the center of Rome, connecting the Piazza Trinità dei Monti to the Piazza Barberini. The part closest to the Piazza Barberini is in the rione Colonna, whereas the part closer to Trinità dei Monti belongs to the rione Campo Marzio.
Via Sistina Rome
History and description
The Via Sistina is named for Pope Sixtus V, who had ordered it to be built towards the end of the 16th century.
The architect was Domenico Fontana and initially the street was much longer (2km), since the intention was to connect the Pincio hill to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
At the time the Via Sistina was called the Via Felice, since the Pope’s real name was Felice Peretti.
In the 18th century the Via Felice was split up into shorter streets: Starting from Saint Mary Major the street is called Via de Pretis, then it turns into the Via delle Quattro Fontane and finally into the Via Sistina.
There are a number of interesting palazzi along the Via Sistina: the Palazzetto Stroganoff, the Palazzo Perucchi and the Palazzo Dotti are amongst the more noteworthy ones.
On the Trinità dei Monti side the nearest metro stop is Spagna, on the other side it is Barberini (both on line A).