Fountains (Fontana)

Quattro Fontane (Four Fountains)

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), rome, italy It is a part of a street laid out by Sixtus V with the name Via Felice (derives from the name of pope Felice Peretti). The name "Quattro Fontane" was given it from the composition of four fountains located in the crossing point between this street and Via XX Settembre. The fountains are placed in the corners of the four buildings that stand at the crossing between Via delle...

Piazza del Quirinale (Quirinale Square)

Caster & Pollux obelisk in the middle of Piazza del Quirinale It occupies the summit of the Quirinal (60m), one of the Seven Hills of Rome. The square's creation was begun by Gregory XIII in the end of the 16th century. Previously this space was occupied by a Convent of Benedictines of St Paul, destroyed by Paul V, and by constructions of the Colonna, who's property arrived nearly to the facade of the Palazzo del Quirinale. Pope Urban...

Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill

Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill occupies the territory of the ancient Baths of Constantine. The villa was built in 1575 with the name Orti dei Vitelli and a little building by Carlo Lombardi. Later it passed to the Camera Apostolica and in 1600 Clement VIII Aldobrandini presented it to his nephew cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. The latter had the building restored and...

Piazza Cairoli (old Piazza Branca) and Fountain (Fontana di Piazza Cairoli)

In a square where the boundaries of three districts meet, namely Regola, Sant'Eustachio and Sant'Angelo, next to the church of San Carlo ai Catinari, known for its ornate dome, is a a small public garden. The square and some of the surrounding streets were refurbished soon after the fall of the Papal State, and wider streets were opened through the old neighborhoods. The...

Via dei Fori Imperiali and Fontana dei Fori Imperiali (Fountain of Imperial Fora)

Via dei Fori Imperiali and Fontana dei Fori Imperiali, rome This street was laid out in 1932 by B.Mussolini as the Via dell'Impero, through the destruction of entire district and cut of a slope of the Velia altitude, for connection of Piazza Venezia with the Colosseum. The opening of this road wiped out one of the most extraordinary zones of the city where various strata of Renaissance and medieval buildings lay above the ruins of the...

Piazza della Repubblica (dell'Esedra) and Fontana dei Naiadi (Naiads)

Piazza della Repubblica (dell'Esedra) and Fontana dei Naiadi (Naiads) This beautiful 19th century square till the WWII was an official entrance to the city and its principal center of representation. Starting from the middle of the 17th century in the zone of Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian), popularly denominated "Termini", a meat market took place every Thursday and Friday, transferred here from Campo Vaccino, and in the month of May...

Terme di Diocleziano (Diocletian Bath)

Terme di Diocleziano (Diocletian Bath) Terme di Diocleziano/ The Baths of Diocletian were the biggest in Rome and had the same scheme as the Baths of Trajan and Baths of Caracalla; they could accommodate 3000 people at once. They were built in 298-306 by emperor Diocletian who widely used the work of condemned for political crimes and especially those who practiced the new Christian religion. The Terme di...

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major Square) and Its Fountain (Fontana)

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major Square), rome The Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major Square) in front of basilica of S.Maria Maggiore was projected by Sixtus V as a cross point of three streets, but now only two of them left and serve mostly for the traffic directed to Railways station. The column in the center of it named Colonna della Pace (Column of Peace) was erected by Paul V in 1614. It is made of...

Fountain of Ponte Sisto/ Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola)

Fountain of Ponte Sisto/ Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola) The fountain of the Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola) was constructed for Paul V, by G.Fontana and F.Ponzio in 1612, using marble from the Nerva Forum. The water, which flows from the subterranean Aqueduct of Trajan (fed by springs near lake Bracciano, about 50 km northwest of Rome), falls into a large granite basin added by C.Fontana in 1690, beneath six columns (four of...

Piazza Farnese & Its Two Twin Fountains of Piazza Farnese

The Piazza Farnese (Farnese Square) was created after Palazzo Farnese was built and a street leading to Campo de'Fiori was laid out. In the epoch of imperial Rome, this site was a seat of one of the factions of the Circo Flaminio (a good mosaic representing a horse race was discovered beneath Palazzo Farnese). The square was also named "Piazza del Duca" and served, apart from...

Campo de' Fiori (Flora)

Piazza Capo di Ferro Before the 15th century it was a camp covered by green grass and flowers, which was used as a pasture land. This probably gave the name to the square: Campo dei Fiori (Campo di Flora). It became an important place due to the transfer of the traffic from the slopes of the Capitoline Hill to the new city which grew in direction to the new residence in Vatican after return of...

Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle & Its Fountain

The Sant'Andrea della Valle square was built in 1938 during the works over Corso del Rinascimento. The site of the old Piazza di S.Andrea remained under the tract of Corso Vittorio. The fountain in the middle of the new Piazza came here in 1957 from a disappeared square in Borghi zone and is attributed to C.Maderno. Famous Church/ Chiesa di S.Andrea della Valle is located...

Monument To G.G.Belli In Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli And Fountains

Monument To G.G.Belli In Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli And Fountains Monumento a G.G.Belli (Monument to G. G. Belli) The monument to a Roman poet G.G.Belli was erected in 1913 by a sculptor Michele Tripisciano. It shows the poet leaned on the herm of the Ponte Fabricio on the background of typical symbols of the popular life of Romans to which Belli dedicated his life and left a collection of 2279 sonnets as a realistic document. The poet has...

Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) & Fountain at Piazza Mastai

Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi, Piazza Mastai This Palazzo del Monopolio dei Tabacchi/ Manifattura dei Tabacchi/ Fabbrica dei Tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building/ Tobacco Monopoly/ Tobacco factory building) at Piazza Mastai was built on the site of little constructions and pieces of land belonging to the Hospice of S.Maria dell'Orto, in 1863 by the architect A.Sarti. The pope governing in that epoch, Pius IX Mastai,...

Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison)

Villa Montalto, owned by Sisto V Peretti (1585-1590) and found on the Esquilino hill, was the largest private property within the city walls. At the end of the nineteenth century, precisely in 1877, the whole area was divided up to build the Termini railway station, piazza dei Cinquecento and other modern districts. The fountain came here from far away, Villa Montalto of...