Index of Places

Torre (Tower) de' Conti

It was built over a preceding fortification in the exedra of the Forum of Vespasian in the end of the 12th century by Innocent III Conti. It was not only a private construction, but the main stronghold of the Church, as it belonged to such a family as the Conti, which gave 12 popes and 25 cardinals, and was in the center of barons' wars in the Middle Ages. The tower is...

Church/ Chiesa della Madonna dei Monti (Santa Maria ai Monti)

It is considered to be the masterpiece of G.Della Porta, erected in 1580 in honor of miraculous image of St Mary, found on the site of ex monastery, used as a hay-loft. Interior, containing stuccoes by A.Buonvicino and frescoes by Cristoforo Casolani, has a nave with little chapels on each side, and a dome on a high cylindrical drum, by Achille Albacini (1892). The dome was...

Church/ Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Fonte

It was built over the ancient private baths, where according to a tradition, a deacon Lorenzo was imprisoned and baptized his guardian. This gave the name of the church "in fonte", i.e. in the water source. The simple church was built in 1543 on expenses of cardinal Juan Alvarez de Toledo and assigned by Urban VIII to the Nobili Aulici. In the 18th century it was enlarged and...

Piazza degli Zingari

Piazza degli Zingari The name of this square derives from the presence of the gipsy (zingari), who made it their permanent camp for a long period of time. It was distinguished by its own customs and feasts. Photo Credit: panoramio It is one of the oldest part of Rome, walking distance to the Colosseum, Imperial Forums, The Opera, the Santa Maria Church, Vatican, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain...

Church/ Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola (Calabrian saint St Francis of Paola)/ National Church for Calabrians

A rich person originally from Calabria region, devoted to the Calabrian saint St Francis of Paola, acquired in the beginning of the 17th century a large building with a tower with the goal to create here a convent of Minims of S.Francesco di Paola. The church was built in 1632 by Giovan Pietro Morandi and became a "national" church of the Calabrians. Interior has only one nave...

Chiesa/ Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains)

The two chains with which St Peter was supposed to have been fettered in the Tullianum are said to have been taken to Constantinople. In 439 a bishop of Jerusalem gave them to the mother(-empress) of empress Eudoxia , wife of emperor Valentinian III. She placed one of them in the basilica of the Apostles at Constantinople, and sent the other to Rome for her daughter, who gave...

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Selci

Church/ Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Selci It was founded in the 5th century, and many times restored. For centuries it belonged to Certosians, and later to the order of S.Croce in Gerusalemme, which was finally substituted by Augustinian nuns still having their residence in the monastery of the church. The latter was reconstructed in the early 17th century by C.Maderno. Interior is in form of a rectangular hall with...

Villa Albani

Villa Albani There was not a place which could satisfy more the needs, inclinations and wishes of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. Anzio would have provided him with prestige, wealth and fame, since he found there the right humus to feed his profound passion: the archaeology. A fertile land was waiting for anyone able to raise the blanket of centuries and discover those incomparable treasures...

Via Nomentana

Via Nomentana This is an ancient road which was straightened for the needs of the traffic under Pius IV, who also destroyed the ancient gate located in the beginning of the street Porta Nomentana and built the new one Porta Pia. Via Nomentana had been widen and hemmed by the four rows of plane-trees in 1909. The street reaches the neighborhood Monte Sacro, ex Citta' Giardino (City-garden),...

Porta (Gate) Salaria/ Salara

Porta (Gate) Salaria/ Salara The Porta (Gate) Salaria/ Salara was built before the 5th century and existed till the 20th century. It was notably damaged by the shelling of September 20, 1870 and then reconstructed by V.Vespignani. But in 1921 it was definitely destroyed together with a long tract of the city walls to open the square Piazza Fiume. Incorporated in the towers of the gate were found various...

Breccia di Porta (Gate) Pia

Breccia di Porta (Gate) Pia This was the place where the battle for Rome on September 20, 1870 occurred, the place from where the first "bersaglieri" entered the city, a few steps away from the Spanish steps. The War Memorial (architect Adolfo Apolloni, 1920) with the tablets containing the names of the died here soldiers, and a Victory Column erected in 1895 (architect Cesare Aureli, sculptor Guastalla...

Porta (Gate) Pia and Museum of the Bersaglieri

Porta (Gate) Pia and Museum of the Bersaglieri After the ancient gate Porta Nomentana was closed with the goal to straighten the tract of the new road penetrating the city Via Pia (from the name of pope who wanted all this work done Pius IV Medici), the construction of the new gate was ordered to Michelangelo. It was erected in 1561-1564. The decorations contain the symbols of two professions: barbers and surgeons, who...

Monumento al Bersagliere (Monument to a Bersagliere)

Monumento al Bersagliere (Monument to a Bersagliere) Close to the Breccia di Porta (Gate) Pia [Opposite the gate, on the external side, at the centre of the Piazzale di Porta Pia] there is a marble and bronze monument monument where the breach was made and across from the gate, outside the city walls, stands the Monumento al Bersagliere. The Monumento al Bersagliere (Monument to a Bersagliere) was erected in 1932 by Italo...

Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy

Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy This villa was bought by the Borghese family for the young sister of Napoleon, Pauline Bonaparte, who entered the family and held here a splendid court in 1816-1824. Originally the villa belonged to the Cicciaporci family and was documented since the 16th century. In the middle of the 18th century it was purchased by cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga who had a house built in the...

Palazzo delle Finanze/ Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)

Palazzo delle Finanze/ Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) The Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze (Palazzo delle Finanze)/ Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) was the first major complex to be built in Rome after the city became the capital of Italy. Its design was to emphasise the solidity and efficiency of institutions of the newly formed Italian State; the result is the largest and most majestic complex in the capital second...