Index of Places

Church/ Chiesa di S.Andrea al Quirinale

The church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale is a masterpiece by G.L.Bernini, who erected it in 1658-1671 in collaboration with his pupil M.De Rossi, on the site of older church dedicated to the same saint. The new construction was ordered by cardinal Camillo Pamphili, who destined the church and adjoining convent to the Novitiate of Jesuits, which supplied two architects with the...

Villa and Garden/ Giardini Carlo Alberto

statue of King Carlo Alberto, rome The origins of this monument are quite curious. During the stay of William II (Kaiser Wilhelm) in the Palazzo Quirinale in 1889, it was decided to provide a vast view from his apartment. With this goal two churches were destroyed: Chiesa di S.Maria Maddalena and Chiesa di S.Chiara, together with their convents. These constructions were created in the end of the 16th century,...

Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace)

Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace) Before the palace was built here this site was occupied by a villa created by Ippolito II d'Este, who was a great specialist in villas and had a famous Villa d'Este in Tivoli built. His Roman villa was located on the territory which belonged to the Carafa and rented to him. In 1583-1585 Gregory XIII had the works over the new palace begun by O.Mascherino and M.Longhi. The...

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...

Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace

Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace Another Quirinal Palace (palazzo del Quirinale) jewel is the Garden, which is considered a kind of “island” that overlooks Rome from a privileged vantage point. The layout has changed many times over the course of the centuries, depending on the period taste or that of the “illustrious tenants” of the palazzo. The interior of the Palazzo del Quirinale is adorned by some...

Palazzina del Quirinale

Palazzina del Quirinale It was built in 1730-1732 by F.Fuga for Clement XII as an architectonic element concluding the long monotone part of the Quirinal, "Manica lunga". Its creation caused reconstruction of previous palace used for the residence of the Commander of the Swiss Guard. The long building (a barracks for the Swiss Guard) described by Vasi is called Manica Lunga (Long Sleeve) and as Vasi...

Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables

Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables After the Palazzo del Quirinale was finished the necessity to create the square in front of it appeared. In 1722 Innocent XIII ordered A.Specchi construction of a palace in that part of the square where it bordered Giardino Colonna. It was adapted for the guard barracks and horse stables. The new palace was completed under Clement XII by F.Fuga. A part of it was destroyed in...

Palazzo della Consulta (Constitutional Court/ Corte Costituzionale)

This elegant beautiful palace was erected by order of Clement XII with the goal to make an adequate conclusion of the space around the Palazzo del Quirinale. It was built on the site of a modest construction, which in its turn stood on the ruins of the Baths of Constantine, and was adapted by Sixtus V for the seat of Consulta, i.e. one of 15 Congregations reordered by this...

Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicini (Rospigliosi Pallavicini Palace and Garden)

Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicini (Rospigliosi Pallavicini Palace and Garden) This palace stands in the center of the zone, which previously was occupied by the Baths of Constantine, and where until the 17th century the ancient ruins could be seen. Scipione Borghese wanted to build a palace-villa beside a new papal residence in Palazzo Quirinale, and ordered to clean the area from any construction located on it. The palace and a vast garden on the slope...

Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro al Quirinale

This church was first mentioned in documents in 1030 and was reconstructed in the 16th century. The modest facade was created after the part of the nave was cut due to the construction of Via 24 Maggio in 1877. The double staircase leads to the entrance. Interior is on a Latin-cross plan and has only one nave with the side chapels. The painting decorations were executed by C.d...

Palazzo della Banca d'Italia (Palazzo Koch)/ Bank of Italy Palace

Palazzo della Banca d'Italia (Palazzo Koch)/ Bank of Italy Palace This huge Neo-classical palace was built by G.Koch in 1886-1904 for the "Banca Nazionale", which later took name of "Banca d'Italia" (Bank of Italy). It is one of the most imposing constructions erected in the epoch of the birth of the so called "Third Rome" (Rome as the capital of Italy). It stands behind a row of palm trees and colossal lamp-posts. The National Bank of...

Palazzo del Viminale (Viminal Palace) - Italian Ministry of Interior

It was built by the project of Manfredo Manfredi in 1914-1918. In 1920 the Council of Ministers and Ministry of the Interior moved here from Palazzo Braschi. At present it is occupied only by the Ministry of the Interior. The square in front of it was created in 1931 when the Palazzo dell'Istituto di anatomia was destroyed. The building hosting the Italian Ministry of...

Church/ Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Panisperna or Formoso

The Church/ Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Panisperna or San Lorenzo in Formoso was erected before the 8th century on the site of the martyrdom of St Laurence, and was totally reconstructed in 1576 by F.da Volterra. It is preceded by a little medieval courtyard with a little staircase. In occasion of the holiday of the saint every year the nuns from the annexed monastery of S.Chiara...

Basilica di Santa Pudenziana al Viminale

Basilica di Santa Pudenziana al Viminale This church is dedicated to the sister of S.Prassede, Pudenziana, both martyrs, and was erected on the site of the house of their father Pudente, who would have had St Peter as a guest. One of the most antique churches in Rome, raised on the house of Senator Pudente said to have hosted San Pietro and where later on (during C.II), a thermal building was constructed. The latter...

Chiesa del Bambino (Bambin) Gesu

Chiesa del Bambino (Bambin) Gesu It is located in front of the Chiesa di S.Pudenziana with the adjoining 18th century Augustinian convent. The church is on a Greek-cross plan with the dome. It was erected by F.Fuga in 1731-1735 for Clement XII. Originated from a boarding school established by spinsters p. Cosimo Lucchese Berlintoni and Anna Moroni in 1662. The interior has a Greek cross and round and dome-...