Via dei Balestrari takes its name from the manufacturers and sellers of crossbows, which are the “felix societas” of Balestrari and Pavesati.

At number 2, just above the road sign, there is a gravestone discovered in 1863 during some restoration work in a building located in Via del Pellegrino: “Via Florea” in fact, as mentioned on the sign, is the ancient name of Via del Pellegrino. This gravestone, in Latin and dated 1483, is the oldest of the road gravestones and recalls the remediation of the site by Pope Sixtus IV.

 

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Guest Lovers in Via dei Balestrari is situated in a typical building of the Roman streets: the portal is small, the lobby is snug, the cobblestones along the street are ancient and worn by time.

As you go out the door you’ll be spoiled for choices on where to go, as it is more or less the same distance to the uniqueness of the Roman Campo de ‘Fiori, to the magnificence of Largo di Torre Argentina and to the beautiful promenade of Via Giulia .

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