"Auditorium di palazzo Pio (Cortile Auditorium Palazzo Pio), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Wednesday 11th January 2012
The Holy See made this big building constructed as a palace of Congresses and classical music concerts in 1950 and named it after Pius XII. The project of auditorium belongs to M.Piacentini. Before it this place was occupied by sepulchral pyramid, which existed till late Middle Ages and was called Meta Romuli, in honor of the first founder of Rome (Romulus).
A 1593 map by Antonio Tempesta shows the palace when it belonged to the Orsini; it had a very tall tower with a clock and most likely a coat of arms of the family, which is at the origin of the name given to the small square in front of the 1667 façade; one element of the Orsini's coat or arms is a biscia (grass snake) hence Biscione. The Orsini sold their palace to the Pio di Savoia who commissioned Camillo Arcucci a new façade in Piazza del Biscione. The decoration of the new façade was based on the heraldic symbols of the Pio di Savoia; while the eagles are portrayed in a very formal posture, the lions seem full of life.
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Palazzina di Pio IV, viale Pietro de Coubertin, 00193 Rome, Lazio, Italy
Cortile Auditorium Palazzo Pio IX, Via dei Cavalieri di S Sepolcro 1A, 00193 Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Borgo (Castel Sant'Angelo) (Roma centro)
Auditorium di palazzo Pio (Cortile Auditorium Palazzo Pio) is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "16"
Subway: Cipro-Musei Vaticani (806 m NW)), Metro A
Telephone: 0039 06 98183621
Mobile phone: 339 6541119
More Info: www.romefestival.org