Index of Places

Via Vittoria, Rome

Via Vittoria, Rome Via Vittoria lies between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Augusto Imperatore, and runs parallel to via Condotti and connects via del Corso with via del Babuino. Via Vittoria also near Viale Pietro De Coubertin and Via Vincenzo Bellini. The origins of the name of this street are uncertain. It is noted for being a place of Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, which was completely...

Palazzo Poniatowski at Via della Croce, Rome

Palazzo Poniatowski at Via della Croce, Rome It is a palace #81 at Via della Croce. It was created in 1794 by G.Valadier by connection of different houses at Via dei Fiori with a little 17th century palace at Via della Croce. The new construction was destined to be used for renting of its apartments. The property owner was a rich prince-emigrant from Poland, Stanislaw Poniatowski. The next to Palazzo Poniatowski, at Via...

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome It was built on the site of ancient Villa di Lucullo, property of Empress Messalina, a wife of Emperor Claudius. In the 5th century it became property of the Acili and of the Anici families. It was reconstructed by A.Lippi for the cardinal Ricci di Montepulciano in 1564. Later it passed to the Medici family and later still to the Great dukes of Tuscany. The villa was modified...

Church/Chiesa della Trinita' dei Monti, Rome

Church/Chiesa della Trinita' dei Monti, Rome The church was begun in 1493 by Louis XII and was finished many centuries later, partly due to a damage brought in 1527 by sack of Rome. Many French personalities had sponsored construction of this French church on the territory of Rome, as well as its convent and cloisters. The name of the architect who created the facade (1570) is not known with the certainty: or C.Maderno...

Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps), Rome

Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps), Rome Famous all over the world as the Spanish steps, it was realized in 1723-1726 by the project of F.De Sanctis. The idea to create it was caused by the necessity to make an appropriate access to the French church of Trinita' dei Monti. It is made of 137 steps all of travertine, and gives an impression of lightness and harmony. The Scalinata was built on a legacy of money of a...

Piazza di Spagna, Piazza della Trinita, Rome

Colonna dell'Immacolata (Column of Immaculate Conception), Rome At present Piazza di Spagna is a center of luxury fashionable shops and galleries of art and antiques. It has an irregular form: three different parts one attached to another. It was dominated by France to the north of the Spanish steps, where the French ambassador had a residence, and in square's southern part by Spain, where the Palace of Spanish ambassador still stands. The...

Via dei Condotti, Rome

Antico Caffé Greco, Via dei Condotti, Rome It follows the tract of previous Via Trinitatis laid out by Paul III in the 2nd half of the 16th century. It was longer than Via Condotti because reached Tiber. The name "condotti" derives from the conduits (=condotti) of an aqueduct Acqua Vergine, which Gregory XIII made a passage under this street. In the 18th-19th centuries Via dei Condotti was an international center of...

Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta, Rome

Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta, Rome Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta is at Via dei Condotti #68. The Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)/Magistral Palace/Sovrano Ordine di Malta, which is accorded extraterritorial rights by the Italian State, occupies the previous Palazzo Provani and a number of other nearby houses, reconstructed and adjoined after 1631. The facades on Via Condotti...

Church/Chiesa della Santissima (SS.) Trinità degli Spagnoli, Rome

Church/Chiesa della Santissima (SS.) Trinità degli Spagnoli, Rome It was erected by the Spanish order of Trinity in 1741-1746. It is a work of architect Emanuele Rodriguez dos Santos. It occupies the place of a private theater of G.L.Bernini, who was also a scene designer. The facade of the church is elegant, which is a fine introduction to beautiful Via Condotti. Its not straight position as to the street is explained by the fact, that it...

Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain), Rome

Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain), Rome It was built on the site of former Palazzo Monaldeschi for the Spanish ambassador in 1653 by A.del Grande and F.Borromini. It is still a residence of the Embassy of Spain at the Holy See. The facade is modest with three balconies. The vestibule with columns and statues leads to the courtyard with a big fountain and to the solemn staircase. The restoration works in the...

Palazzo Mignanelli (Valentino), Rome

Palazzo Mignanelli (Valentino), Rome It is a palace attached to the hill and located right in front of the Colonna dell'Immacolata on the little Piazza Mignanelli. It was built for the Mignanelli family, industrials from Siena, who possessed numerous constructions on Via Due Macelli and had their activity here. The palace is now popularly called Palazzo di Valentino, as it belongs to the world famous fashion...

Quartiere del Barocco (Baroque District), Rome

baroque art and architecture rome The part of Rome located in form of triangle between Piazza del Popolo, Via del Babuino and Via Marghutta, Piazza di Spagna, and Via di Ripetta is named Quartiere Barocco, i.e. Baroque District. It was built in the 16th-18th centuries on the empty area, so it was possible to make an urbanistic planning and projecting of the streets and squares. The houses and all the...

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome Continuing a medieval tradition of missionary organizations all over Europe, in 1627 a Congregation of Propaganda Fide was founded by Urban VIII. The palace on Piazza di Spagna was acquired for this congregation in 1625, and housed the College, which prepares for missionary work the Catholic priests from all over the world. From 1921, the palace is occupied only by the...

Palazzo Borghese, Rome

Palazzo Borghese on the Tiber River, Rome The palace was built by Vignola in 1560 for the Spanish cardinal Dezza. In 1596 it passed to C.Borghese, and after he became pope Paul V, the palace was given to his family, which enlarged it (architect F.Ponzio). Inside is a large courtyard with the arches posed on 96 twin columns in two storeys. The garden, nympheum and fountains were arranged by C.Rainaldi. Before 1891 the...

Palazzo Ruspoli (Fondazione Memmo), Rome

Palazzo Ruspoli (Fondazione Memmo), Rome It was built in 1556-1586 for the Florentine family of the Rucellai. The architect of the palace was B.Ammannati. At the same time the large Gallery was frescoed by J.Zucchi with the imitation of niches, stuccoes and statues. The facade is by Bartolomeo Breccioli. In 1629 the palace passed to the Caetani. They had M.Longhi the Younger to build a famous staircase with the four...