Index of Places

Domus Romane di (Roman Domus at) Palazzo Valentini (Seat of the Province of Rome)

Palazzo Valentini, seat of the Province of Rome since 1873, was commissioned to be built in 1585 by Cardinal Michele Bonelli, a nephew of Pope Pius V. In the seventeenth century it underwent renovation and a series of extensions were added by Cardinal Carlo Bonelli and Michele Ferdinando Bonelli. This harmonious simple palace was built on the remains of a temple, dedicated by...

Chiesa del Santissimo(SS) Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano (Church Holy Name of Mary at Trajan's Forum)

The design of the church belongs to Antonio Derizet, who created it in 1737 by order of the Confraternity of the St Name of Mary. The Confraternity was instituted as a thanksgiving for the victory over Turks at Vienna in 1683. Construction of this church caused demolishing of Chiesetta di S.Bernardo della Compagnia. It stands on a rectangular basement, overwhelmed with the...

Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan)

Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan) It is the most recent and most grandiose of five Imperial Fora. The big part of it is covered by different modern constructions and streets built over in the centures. While the Fora of other emperors had supplimentary functions, the Forum of Traian became the real center of political and administrative life of Rome, moved here from the old Roman Forum. Here for the first time...

Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market) - Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali)

Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali), rome, italy Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market) is part of the Forum of Traian was also projected by A.of Damascus, as a complex of nearly 150 individual shops. Here all the goods exported from other regions of Roman empire were brought and sold. The market was erected in the end of the 1st century A.D. - 117 A.D. The six storeyed construction is subdivided in two by a street Via...

Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes)

Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) is an ancient seat of the Roman priorate of the Order of the Knights of Malta/ Rhodes (ancient name: Cavalieri di Rodi). The house was built over a Roman construction at the end of the 12th century, and restored by prior of the Order, cardinal Marco Barbo in 1467-70. It has a well-preserved colonnaded atrium, dating...

Torre e Palazzo Del Grillo Robilant (Palazzo Robilant)

Torre e Palazzo Del Grillo Robilant (Palazzo Robilant) Palazzo del Grillo, a famous building built in 1223. This 17th century aristocratic building featuring the art of the Baroque of Bernini and Borromini in the very heart of Old Rome overlooking the archaeological area called the IMPERIAL FORUMS between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia (the Capitol and “Altare della Patria”). It is decorated by artists of the Bernini School, is...

Foro di Augusto (Forum of Augustus)

Foro di Augusto (Forum of Augustus) Emperor Augustus built another forum close to the one of Caesar. It was larger and was protected by a high wall. In the center was a Temple of Mars Ultor (the Avenger), which Augustus promised to erect during a battle with Philipps in 42 b.C. revenging the death of Caesar. It stood on a basement 3.5meters high with the steps preceding it. The temple had eight Corinthian...

Foro di Nerva or Transient Forum

Foro di Nerva or Transient Forum Emperor Nerva finished construction of this Forum in 96-98 A.D., which was begun by Domitian on the area between Forum of Augustus and Forum of Vespasian. It was also named Forum Transitorium due to a street that crossed it, Argiletum, which lead from the Roman Forum to the Esquiline Hill. The Foro di Nerva or Transient Forum is one of fori imperiali of Rome, the penultimate...

Basilica Ulpia (Moved from Roman Forum to Forum of Traian)

This was the most important basilica after two ancient ones: Emilia and Giulia. With its construction the political life moved from the Roman Forum to this Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan). It was dedicated to the administration of justice and presence of emperor; and it was the largest in Rome (120m by 60m).The Basilica Ulpia was compound of a great central nave with the...

Colonna Traiana (Trajan's Column)

Colonna Traiana (Trajan's Column) This column was erected in 113 A.D. and illustrates the course of war with the Dacians on the territory of modern Romania. The column is made of a series of 18 marble drums ending with the Doric capital. Inside of it are 185 steps leading to the top. The Column stands in front of the Churches of the Madonna del Loreto and of the SS. Nome di Maria, next to the ruins of the...

Tempio (Temple) di Traiano

This temple was erected in 117 A.D. by emperor Hadrian in memory of his deified predecessor Traian and his wife Plotina. It occupied the part of the Forum of Traian where at present is Palazzo Valentini and Chiesa di S.Maria di Loreto. The temple was of the giant dimensions, which is proved by an immense granite column found here (now placed close to the Column of Traian). The...

Church/ Chiesa di S.Caterina da Siena a Magnanapoli (St Catherine of Siena)

It was built in 1628-1640 and dedicated to the St Catherine of Siena, by the nuns Dominicans from the nearby convent, who transferred here from Piazza S.Chiara the relics of the room where the saint lived and died. The facade of the church is by G.B.Soria (1638-40). The double staircase was created in the early 20th century. Interior is rich with marbles, has one nave, three...

Torre (Tower) delle Milizie in Via Quattro Novembre

Torre (Tower) delle Milizie in Via Quattro Novembre The origins of this tower are not known, as well as the origins of its name, but it could be supposed that it had something to do with some military functions or with a kind of ancient police called "milizie". The tower is in Via Quattro Novembre, in the area between the church of S. Caterina and the complex of the Mercati di Traiano. The legend says that emperor Nero watched...

Church/ Chiesa dei Santi(SS.) Domenico e Sisto (San Sisto Nuovo)/ Angelicum University

Until the middle of the 16th century the site of this church was occupied by 9th century Chiesetta di S.Maria ad nives or S.Maria a Magnanapoli. By initiative of pope St Pius V the new grandiose monastery complex with the church was erected. It was dedicated to St Dominic and St Sixtus. The church of the Santi Domenico e Sisto is also known as San Sisto Nuovo since it was...

Church/ Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giulitta

This modest church was built in the beginning of the 1st millenium. The underground structure of the building dating from the Dark Ages was destroyed by the collapse of the pavement above it in the 50's of the 20th century. The present aspect of the church was given it by Paul V, who also ordered to raise its level. The facade is by F.Raguzzini (1733). The latter consists of...