Index of Places

Monastero di S.Francesca Romana/ Monastero di Tor de'Specchi (Monastery of Tor de' Specchi)

This monastery is also known as Monastero di Tor de'Specchi, deriving this name from the name of the medieval fortified zone of the Specchi family. In one of its houses grew a monastery by initiative of a noble Roman woman Francesca Bussi de'Leoni, who together with the other matrons retired here and founded the religious order of Oblates bearing now her name. This is the...

Chiesa del Gesu (Church of the Gesù)

inside interior of Chiesa del Gesu (Church of the Gesù), Rome The full name of this principal Jesuit church in Rome is Chiesa del SS.Nome di Gesu'. The Gesù was conceived in 1551 by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits Society of Jesus. At its dedication in 1584, it was the largest and first completely new church built in Rome since the sack of 1527. It was built in 1568-1584 on the site of some demolished buildings and...

Casa Professa (Casa Professa Church) - Beside Chiesa del Gesù ("The Gesù")

The Casa Professa of Rome (or Casa del Gesù, or Gesù Residence) is built in 1599-1623 on the place of the first seat of the Jesuit order, by the project of G.Rainaldi and on expense of cardinal Odoardo Farnese; it is located to the right of the Chiesa del Gesù ("The Gesù"), some streets from the Collegio Romano. The Casa, encasing the rooms where St Ignatius lived and died, in...

Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti

Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti (Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti al Gesù), a sixteenth-century edifice located in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River. From June 15, 1802, King Charles Emanuel IV of Sardinia (later King Charles IV) used this palace as his Roman residence. He remained here until 1815 when he moved to the Jesuit novitiate at Sant' Andrea al Quirinale. This...

Palazzo Venezia (Venice Palace)

entrance of Palazzo Venezia, rome, italy Its construction was begun in 1455 by Venetian cardinal Pietro Barbo, future pope Paul II, and finished in 1467 by his nephew, cardinal Marco. Palazzo Venezia is the first example of Renaissance architecture in Rome. The idea of cardinal to erect here his palace was determined by the fact that the new center of Rome and its life had a tendency to concentrate around Via Lata (...

Palazzetto Venezia

Palazzetto Venezia It is a copy of the original palace (1467) that was moved from Piazza Venezia in 1911 because it obstructed the view of the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II. It adjoins Palazzo Venezia and faces Via and Piazza di S.Marco. The palace was erected by order of Paul II Barbo. At present it is a seat of some International Institutions. At the angle between the Palazzetto and the...

Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral/ Basilica) evangelista al campidoglio

Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral/ Basilica), rome, italy The original church was built by order of pope St Mark in 336 in honour of the saint with the same name. In the 9th century it was reconstructed with the creation of apse mosaics, that survived till our days. The church was totally recnostructed by Paul II, who built adjoining to it Palazzo Venezia; he made it the "national" church of Venetians. The architects were G.d.Maiano...

Piazza Venezia (Venice Square)

Monument of Victor Emanuel II ('Il Vittoriano') at Piazza Venezia The present busy square of rectangular form 130m x 75m, junction of the main city arteries: Via del Corso, Via del Plebescito, Via Battisti, Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via del Tatro di Marcello, was quite different in the past. It was a modest little square where Via del Corso arrived and then went in different directions along narrow streets. On the four of its sides were...

Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali (Building of Insurance Company) di Venezia (of Venice)

On the Piazza Venezia (Venice Square), opposite to the Palazzo Venezia (Venice Palace) we can observe the building of Assicurazioni Generali (insurance company) that replaced old structures. On the square, where the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni stands today, faced Michelangelo’s workshop. The decision to built on the flanks of the Capitoline hill the monument to Victor Emanuel...

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (Victor Emmanuel II)/ Vittoriano/ Museo della Patria

statue of Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, rome, italy In 1878 the Italian Parliament decided to build a national monument in honor of the recently deceased sovereign Victor Emmanuel II. The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument to honor Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome...

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

inside architecture of S.Maria in Aracoeli, rome, italy It was founded in the 7th century; in the 10th century it belonged to the Benedictines and from 1250 to the Franciscans. The church occupies an area where the sacred geese of Juno was kept, the one who alerted the Romans to the danger during a siege by the Gauls in 390 b.C.. In 434 b.C. a temple was erected to Juno Moneta, who's name was given to metal money, "moneta", because...

Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums)

Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums) Construction of Imperial Fora continued for a period of a century and a half, beginning from Julius Caesar and finishing with Traian. With the birth of Roman Empire the old Roman Forum revealed to be too little and not appropriate for the ever-increasing population of Rome and its new role as the capital of nearly all the know world of the epoch. The treasures brought here...

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...

Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar)

Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar) This Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar) was the first one of the five Imprial Fora, built in 51-41 b.C. by Julius Caesar after the conquering of Gaul, which supplied this construction with the needed financial resources. It was located on a square of circa 160m x 75m. On the short northern side of it was erected a Tempio di Venere Genitrice (Temple of Venus Genetrix), from whom...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto It is located on Trajan’s Forum in one of themost suggestive corners of the antique part of Rome. In the 1500s, the membersof the Confraternita dei Fornari attained the permission to build a smallchurch for their company. In 1507, a new church was started on the same location based on a project by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and completed by Iacopo del Duca (1573-76)....