Index of Places

Church San Tommaso of Canterbury - English College Church In Rome

Church San Tommaso of Canterbury - English College Church In Rome The present look was given to the Chiesa di San Tommaso di Canterbury (Church San Tommaso of Canterbury) during reconstruction of 1866-1888 executed by L.Poletti and V.Vespignani. The church is noted for some important tombs located in it and a beautiful baroque bell-tower. Before it was a primitive church named Trinita' degli Scozzesi founded in the 8th century. The latter...

Church Saint Bridget (Chiesa di Santa Brigida)

The Chiesa di Santa Brigida (Church Saint Bridget) was built by Boniface IX in the 14th century on the site of the houses of the Papazzurri family, where Brigitta Persson of Sweden stayed during her sojourn in Rome in the 14th century. The church was rebuilt by Clement XI in the beginning of the 18th century. Till the Lutheran Reformation it housed the Swedish Hospice. The...

Palazzo Farnese - French Embassy Building in Rome

This is the most beautiful palace of Rome, an extreme masterpiece of Renaissance, a work of A.da Sangallo the Younger (the front and side facades), Michelangelo (cornice, balcony, loggia and the greater part of courtyard) and G.della Porta (back facade with a big loggia facing Via Giulia). A big part of the travertine for the construction of the palace was brought directly...

Piazza Farnese & Its Two Twin Fountains of Piazza Farnese

The Piazza Farnese (Farnese Square) was created after Palazzo Farnese was built and a street leading to Campo de'Fiori was laid out. In the epoch of imperial Rome, this site was a seat of one of the factions of the Circo Flaminio (a good mosaic representing a horse race was discovered beneath Palazzo Farnese). The square was also named "Piazza del Duca" and served, apart from...

Palazzo Spada & Its Spada Gallery

Palazzo Spada & Its Spada Gallery This is one of the most magnificent constructions of the Roman baroque, with a facade (1556-1560, by G.Mazzoni) and a courtyard in which the usual monochrome decorations were substituted by stucco relieves of exceptional taste and numerous niches with statues. The palace was built for cardinal Girolamo Capodiferro in 1540 by Giulio Merisi da Caravaggio. In 1632 it passed to...

Church Santa Maria della Quercia

Julius II gave permission to the colony from Viterbo which occupied this part of the zone to build a church dedicated to Madonna under the title of Sanctuary della Quercia, located close to Viterbo. The heraldic symbol of the pope was the oak-tree, in Italian - "quercia". Thus, a former little church Chiesetta di S.Nicolo' changed its name and was rebuilt in the beginning of...

Palazzo Ossoli

The entrance to the Palazzo Ossoli (Ossoli palace) is at Piazza della Quercia, #1. In the past it belonged, among others, to the Soderini, and its construction is attributed to B.Peruzzi (1525). In 1525 he built this Ossoli palace in Rome. On its side facade, viewable from Piazza Capo di Ferro, from the front of another famous palace, Palazzo Spada, the sundial is visible on...

Campo de' Fiori (Flora)

Piazza Capo di Ferro Before the 15th century it was a camp covered by green grass and flowers, which was used as a pasture land. This probably gave the name to the square: Campo dei Fiori (Campo di Flora). It became an important place due to the transfer of the traffic from the slopes of the Capitoline Hill to the new city which grew in direction to the new residence in Vatican after return of...

Via dei Giubbonari

Via dei Giubbonari This street was laid out by the order of Sixtus IV and was originally named Via Florea. It went through Campo dei Fiori (Campo di Flora) from the zone of Banchi to the market of S.Angelo in Pescheria. For all of its history this street was a seat of little shops, specialized mostly in clothes. Later a confraternity of coat vendors joined the confraternity of tailors and of...

Palazzo del Monte di Pieta

Chapel of the Palazzo del Monte di Pieta Monte di Pieta' is a religious organization founded for charity purpose by a minor brother Giovanni Maltei da Calvi in 1539. Monte's activity consisted of money lending on the lowest interests and often without obligation to return money at all. At present their functions had notably changed. Its first seat was in zone of Banchi Vecchi, from where they were transferred by...

Church of Santissima (SS.) Trinità Dei Pellegrini

S.Filippo Neri founded in 1548 the Arch-brotherhood of Pilgrims and of Convalescents with a specific goal to arrange the growing crowds of pilgrims arriving to Rome, especially during the Holy Years. Confraternity began its activity in 1550 and was very effective already in 1575, as it found board and lodging for 170,000 pilgrims. The Church of Santissima (SS.) Trinità Dei...

Church of Santa Maria In Monticelli (Little Mountains)

The Church of Santa Maria In Monticelli (Chiesa di S.Maria in Monticelli) was erected on the site of a little hill formed by the rests of the old houses; this fact determined the name of the church (monticelli = little mountains). The church is very old, it is on basilica plan and was restored for the first time in 1101 by Pascal II; it still conserves the fragments of apse...

Palazzo Tanlongo

This Palazzo Tanlongo (Palazzo Iacobilli Tanlongo) is a big construction of impressive, but modest architecture. It is noted for hosting one of the most prominent patriots of Italian Risorgimento, Benedetto Cairoli, which is remembered in a tablet on the wall; and for being a property of a senator Bernardo Tanlongo, the main hero of a huge "scandal of the Roman Bank" in 1891....

Former Teatro di Pompeo (Pompey Theatre) is Now Teatro Dei Satiri (Satiric Theatre)

Teatro Dei Satiri (Satiric Theatre), rome The semicircular street Via di Grottapinta corresponds the to the auditorium of the first and the greatest stone theatre in ancient Rome, Teatro di Pompeo or Theatre of Pompey, built in 61 and 55 b.C.. The diameter of the auditorium reached 150m, the scene was 90m wide, and on the top was erected a Temple of Venice. Behind the scene of the theatre a rectangular portico 180m x...

Palazzo Orsini Pio Righetti

This vast 17th-century Palazzo Orsini Pio Righetti (also called - Palazzo Pio Righetti/ Palazzo Orsini Pio/ Palazzo Pio) occupies a part of the territory of ancient ruined Theatre of Pompey (Teatro di Pompeo) and in particular is based on the Temple of Venice. The zone with the ruins of ancient constructions became a property of the Orsini family in 1150; they built here some...