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Teatro Valle (Valley Theater) - Former Opera House

Teatro Valle (Valley Theater) - Former Opera House Together with Teatro Argentina it is one of two 18th century theatres survived till our days and keeping on to perform with success. It was built by marquis Camillo Capranica inside of his own Palazzo alla Valle in 1725, when it was left by French Academy, which stayed here for 40 years. The construction was made of wood by architect Tommaso Morelli and unveiled in 1727. The...

Piceni Hospice (Ospizio dei Piceni) - San Salvatore in Lauro

palazzo dei Piceni, Salvatore in Lauro The hospice of Piceni is a complex of buildings, cloisters and courtyards, and is annexed to the church of S.Salvatore in Lauro. This is one of the most important "national" hospices in Rome, because of a great number of people from region Marche, who visited Rome or came here for living. It is presumed that a notable part of the immigration in Rome after pestilence and sack...

Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome) at Palazzo Braschi

The museum was founded in 1930 to illustrate the history and life of Rome from the Middle Ages to the present day. It was first located in the building of ex-pasta factory in Piazza Bocca della Verita', and was transferred in Palazzo Braschi in 1952 when it was restored. Many of the works of art come from demolished buildings. The collection included detached frescoes by...

Isola Tiberina (Tiber island)

The size of this little island rises in the middle of the river Tiber is 300mx80m, along the creek that divides Trastevere from the area of the Piazza Navona. The legend wants it to be born in 510 b.C. either on the deposits of corn thrown to the river by Romans during an uprising, or upon the grounded nave which was chosen by a snake of Aesculapius to arrive here. The island...

Rione Testaccio - Via Marmorata: Discover Testaccio, Walk on Monte Testaccio (Testaccio Hill)

Rione Testaccio - Via Marmorata Via Marmorata The name of the street "Marmorata" confirms the existence of a huge deposit of marbles (marmo (it.) = marble) on the coast of the river in times when it was an ancient river port where all the building materials brought to Rome for imperial and other kinds of constructions where unloaded from the ships. In 1867-1870, in the epoch of Pius IX, in course of...

MACRO Testaccio Complex & La Pelanda - Former Mattatoio (Slaughterhouse): Museum and Cultural Centre

Mattatoio was a great complex construction created in 1890 as a huge slaughter-house or abattoir . It is abandoned now, and the plans of its re-utilization take in consideration some sportive constructions on this territory or creation of new museums and centers of commune's life. Rome’s ex-Mattatoio (slaughter-house or abattoir) complex is now an active site for cultural...

Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre (Anfiteatro Flavio o Colosseo)

It took only eight years to erect the greatest monument of ancient Rome. Its original name is Flavian Amphitheatre, because of the form of the construction as an amphitheatre and because it was built by emperors of the Flavian dynasty: Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. Vespasian begun it in 72 A.D., Titus completed the works in 80 A.D. and Domitian added the higher steps and some...

Villa Celimontana (Previously Villa Mattei): Park, Garden, Festival, Geographic Society

Previously it was Villa dei Mattei, dukes of Giove, acquired in 1553 by Giacomo and arranged by Ciriaco Mattei. The latter created gardens and picked a collection of ancient marbles; had G.Del Duca build a house in 1581-1586 and finally obtained from the Senators of Rome a 12m high Egyptian obelisk as a present. The obelisk stood beside the Convent of Aracoeli on the...