Index of Places

Palazzo Bonaparte (now Palazzo Misciatelli/ oggi Misciatelli)

Palazzo Bonaparte (now Palazzo Misciatelli) stands at the end of the Via del Corso nearest Piazza Venezia. Across the way is the Palazzo Salviati, owned in the 19th by Louis Bonaparte. Lying at the centre of Rome, Piazza Venezia is bordered by palaces; on the north side stands the Palazzo Bonaparte, where Napoleon's mother died in 1836. The Palazzo Doria Pamphili, one of Rome'...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria in Via Lata

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria in Via Lata It was erected on the site of the Roman houses, where Apostle Paul should have stayed. Originally it was an oratory, which was turned into a present church in 1491 by Innocent VIII. The interior is by C.Fancelli, the facade and a bell-tower are by P.da Cortona (1658-1662). Interior has a nave and two aisles divided by columns. The high altar is attributed to G.L.Bernini; a...

Via del Plebiscito, Rome

Via del Plebiscito, Rome Previously it was called Via del Gesu', because was connecting Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Gesu'. The present name derives from the plebiscite of October 2, 1870, when the majority of Romans said "yes" to the unification of Rome with the kingdom of Italy. Apart from the name, nothing else had changed for this street. One of the two entrance of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is in...

Palazzo Altieri

Palazzo Altieri The construction of the palace was begun in 1650 for cardinal Giambattista Altieri by G.A.De Rossi, and was continued by wish of cardinal's brother, cardinal Emilio, future pope Clement X. Because of the fact that the male line of the Altieri family was under the danger of extinction, Clement X adopted entire family of the husband of his grand-daughter, the ancient Roman...

Church/ Chiesa delle Santissime(SS.) Stimmate di S.Francesco

Chiesa delle Santissime(SS.) Stimmate di S.Francesco The Ss. Stimmate di San Francesco ("Church of the Holy Stigmata of St. Francis")is a church in central Rome, Italy, in the Rione Pigna, sited where previously there was a church called Ss. Quaranta Martiri de Calcarario. The present church was on the medieval one of the Santissimi Quaranta Martiri delCalcarario, so-called due to the fact that the area used to house...

Palazzo Strozzi/ Fondazione (Foundation) Marco Besso

Palazzo Strozzi/ Fondazione (Foundation) Marco Besso It stands in front of the Church/ Chiesa delle Santissime(SS.) Stimmate di S.Francesco. It is a reconstruction of 16th century palace built for the Florentine family Strozzi by C.Maderno, and destroyed in course of laying out of Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. At present Palazzo Strozzi is occupied by "Foundation Marco Besso (Fondazione Marco Besso)", named after a banker, patron of...

Terme di Agrippa (Baths of Agrippa)/ Arco della Ciambella

Terme di Agrippa (Baths of Agrippa)/ Arco della Ciambella On the territory between Largo Argentina and Via di S.Chiara in 25-19 b.C. Agrippa erected the first public baths in Rome. They were supplied with the just built aqueduct of Acqua Vergine. The construction was 120m long and 80m wide, and a piece of its ruins is still visible in Via dell'Arco della Ciambella. Beside the baths was a little lake or swimming-pool named Stagno di...

Area Sacra (Sacred Holy Area) In Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome

Area Sacra (Sacred Holy Area) In Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome This archeological area was discovered in 1926-1930 during the works for construction of a new building. The name Torre Argenitna (Tower Argentina) derives from a nearby house of a 16th century bishop Hans Burckhardt from Strasburg (in Latin Argentorum), who called his residence Torre Argentina. The Area Sacra (Sacred Area) complex in Largo Argentina is delimited by Via...

Chiesa del Santissimo Sudario (SS.) Sudario/ National Church of Savoyards or Piedmont

National Church of Savoyards or Piedmont, rome, italy Chiesa del Santissimo Sudario (SS.) Sudario/ National Church of the Savoyards is a "national" church of people from Piedmont dedicated to the relic of Savoy House: Shroud of Christ. The church was built in 1604 by C.d. Castellamonte and restored by C.Rainaldi in 1678. It has a simple facade, and late 19th century works by C.Maccari inside. Originally the church and its...

Chiesa di San Giuliano dei Fiamminghi (National Church of Belgium)

Chiesa di San Giuliano dei Fiamminghi (National Church of Belgium) It is the 8th century church built for the Flemish colony. Historically, the church has been the National Church in Rome of the Southern Netherlands and, in 1830, became the national church of the Kingdom of Belgium. Its birth coincides with the conversion into Christian religion of the Flemish. It is just near the Chiesa del Santissimo Sudario (SS.) Sudario/ National Church...

Casa del Burcardo/ Raccolta teatrale del Burcardo (Burckhardt Theatrical Museum)

Casa del Burcardo/ Raccolta teatrale del Burcardo (Burckhardt Theatrical Museum) This house was built in 1503 in German style with Gothic elements and a tower, by a papal ceremony-maker, bishop and author of famous epoch reviews, Hans Burckhardt (in Italian - Giovanni Burcardo). It took the name of Torre Argentina from the Latin name of bishop's native town, Strasbourg (Argentoratum). This name of the house became the name of the zone. The House at...

Teatro Argentina (Argentina Theatre) In Largo di Torre Argentina

Teatro Argentina (Argentina Theatre) In Largo di Torre Argentina The Teatro Argentina, owned by the noble Sforza Cesarini family, was opened on 13th January 1732 with Domenico Sarro's opera Berenice. The spot on which the Teatro Argentina stands, however, has a much more ancient history. Indeed, it was once the site of the great senate hall, known as the Curia Pompeii, where Julius Caesar was assassinated and which his adopted son, Augustus...

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...

Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano)

Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano) It occupies entire side of Piazza dei Catinari and of Piazza Cairoli. The palace was built in the period from the end of the 16th century - to the middle of the 17th century with the participation of C.Maderno and Francesco Paparelli (facade). This 15th century palace is in Via dei Falegnami, and served as the oldest residence of the powerful Santacroce Publicola family. Close...

Church/ Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari (SS. Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari)

Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari (SS. Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari) was built by cardinal G.B.Leni for the Barnabits in 1612-1620, in honor of St Charles Borromeo. The name "ai Catinari" derives from the basin makers (catini) who used to work in the area. The architect was Rosato Rosati, who also erected the dome, one of the most beautiful in Rome. The ample facade is by G.B....