Index of Places

Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome) at Palazzo Braschi

The museum was founded in 1930 to illustrate the history and life of Rome from the Middle Ages to the present day. It was first located in the building of ex-pasta factory in Piazza Bocca della Verita', and was transferred in Palazzo Braschi in 1952 when it was restored. Many of the works of art come from demolished buildings. The collection included detached frescoes by...

Palazzo Pamphilj (Pamphili), Brazilian Embassy in Rome

Palazzo Pamphilj (Pamphili), Brazilian Embassy in Rome Palazzo Pamphilj, also spelled Palazzo Pamphili was built for the Pamphili family by G.Rainaldi, who incorporated in the palace the houses of the family and a church of S.Agnese. The works continued from 1644 till 1650. Interior of the palace is rich with paintings and stuccoes; but an important collection of the antique statues was lost. Of exceptional interest is a long...

Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona

The owner of this Chiesa di S.Agnese in Agone (Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone) is the Pamphili family, because first it was conceived as a chapel of their palace with the inner entrance. It was begun by Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi in 1652 and was continued by Borromini, who created the concave facade, the dome and bell-towers (1653-1657). Interior is on a Greek-cross plan...

Collegio Innocenziano (College of Innocent) on Piazza Navona

The Collegio Innocenziano (College of Innocent) is a part of a great complex construction created by the Pamphili on Piazza Navona, located on the right of the church of St Agnes. It was built by Borromini in 1654, on the site of demolished Palazzo Rivaldi. The College of Innocent, whose name comes from Pope Innocent X Pamphilj, was constructed during his pontificate (1644-...

Palazzo De Cupis on Piazza Navona

windows of Palazzo De Cupis, Piazza Navona Originally it was a house built in the second half of the 15th century and belonged to Bernardino De Cupis. Later it was inhabited by cardinal Ascanio Sforza. In 1520 cardinal Giandomenico De Cupis enlarged his property adjoining the houses of close German Hospice. Centuries before, the facade on Piazza Navona was probably all frescoed. Inside there are two courtyards in old...

Church of San Giacomo degli Spagnoli on Piazza Navona

Church of San Giacomo degli Spagnoli on Piazza Navona The old church S.Giacomo degli Spagnoli, built here before the Jubilee of 1450 on the site of Oratory of St Andrew, bears now the name of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore. Together with the annexed constructions served as the hospice, the Chiesa di S.Giacomo for a long time was a center of Spanish presence in Rome. This Church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore/ San Giacomo...

Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace)

Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace), Piazza Navona Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace, also known as de Torres) was built for the Spanish family Torres by P.Ligorio in 1560. The palace is irregular and has ten sides with the longest one on Via della Posta Vecchia. The main facades are one the Piazza Navona and Via della Cuccagna. The windows on the noble floor are of the 15th century type, while in the rest...

Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina)

Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina) The Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina) called the Farnesina is situated on Via della Lungara, opposite the Corsini Palace. This graceful Renaissance Villa was built by B.Peruzzi in 1508-1520, as the suburban residence of rich banker Agostino Chigi, patron of Raphael. Here he entertained pope Leo X, cardinals, ambassadors, princes, artists and men of letters. At a...

Gianicolense Mausoleum Monument (Mausoleo Ossario Gianicolense)

On the Janiculum Hill, with its breathtaking views of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the city’s skyline, visit the church of San Pietro in Montorio, built on the site once thought to be where St. Peter was crucified and buried. See the Tempietto, a small shrine built by Bramante to mark the supposed site. The hill is also the site of the Gianicolense...

Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See

Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See In the very beginning of via Giacomo Medici stands an ancient Villa Nobili, later named Spada, built in 1639 by F.M.Baratta for Vincenzo Nobili. In 1849 it was a seat of the Garibaldi's headquarter after Villa Savorelli was destroyed; Villa Spada was also seriously damaged by French shelling, but was completely restored according to the original designs. Today it is a...

Villa Sciarra - Institute of German Studies

Villa Sciarra house, Rome, Italy This villa belonged to the Berberini's in 17th century and to the Sciarra's from 18th century till 1896 and in 1902 became a property of an American diplomat George Wurst, who's widow, very rich woman Enrichetta Tower Wurst, granted it to the city in 1932. When her husband died, Hernietta gave the villa to Benito Mussolini on condition that it would be a public garden. The...

Sinagoga (Synagogue) - Roman Jewish Ghetto

This imposing construction in Babylonian- Syrian style with its square dome is a dissonant element in panoramic view of the city, and was built in 1897-1904 by architects Asvaldo Armanni and Vincenzo Costa, decorations are by painters D.Bruschi and A.Brugnoli. Modern synagogue substituted an old Jewish Temple destroyed in 1893 and other four places of cult called Scole (Scola...

Church of St. Gregory/ San Gregorio a Ponte Quattro Capi (della Divina Pieta)

Church of St. Gregory/ San Gregorio a Ponte Quattro Capi (della Divina Pieta) The name of the church comes from the places of its location: the houses of Anici, where St.Gregory Magno should have been born. The first news about the church was documented in 1145 where were mentioned the very old origins of it but the epoch of its foundation is not clear. The modern look was given to the construction in 1729 when Benedict XIII ordered its restoration and...

Church of San Nicola in Carcere (Prison) and Its 3 Temples (Templi)

Church of San Nicola in Carcere (Prison) and Its 3 Temples (Templi) The main characteristic of this Chiesa di San Nicola in Carcere (Basilica or Church of St. Nicholas in Prison/ Cardinal Titular Church) is the fact that it was built over the three ancient temples standing one close to another. The area where there is now the church of S. Nicola in Carcere, in ancient time was occupied by the Foro Olitorio (Forum Holitorium) a square where the...

Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (Piscaria)

The Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (Piscaria) was founded in 755 by pope Stephen II, who built it on the site of ruins remained from Portico d'Ottavia (Portico of Octavia). The structure of the church dates with the 15th century, adapted and decorated in 1610 by the wish of cardinal Andrea Peretti. In the Middle Ages this church was the center of intensive city life....