Index of Places

Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere

Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere Going across the river from the Isola Tiberina you end up in a little place of Trastevere neighborhood called piazza in Piscinula. The name of this square derives from the swimming pool baths (Roman spa) that probably existed here belonging to the Anici family which had a sumptuous palace on the square (it.piscina=pool). Should also be noticed the 14th century houses of the...

Monument To G.G.Belli In Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli And Fountains

Monument To G.G.Belli In Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli And Fountains Monumento a G.G.Belli (Monument to G. G. Belli) The monument to a Roman poet G.G.Belli was erected in 1913 by a sculptor Michele Tripisciano. It shows the poet leaned on the herm of the Ponte Fabricio on the background of typical symbols of the popular life of Romans to which Belli dedicated his life and left a collection of 2279 sonnets as a realistic document. The poet has...

Anguillara Tower (Torre degli Anguillara) - House of Dante (Casa di Dante)

For a long period of time Trastevere as well as other districts of Rome was a part of the city controlled to one or more noble families, among them was the Anguillara family which dominated here till the 15th century. The tower belonged to them till 1538 when became a property of Anguillara's vassals the family of Carbognano. The latter made the tower lose its noble aspect and...

Church of Santa Maria della Luce/ San Salvatore della Corte

The original title of the church was S.Salvatore in Corte. The primitive church was probably built in 270 for the initiative of S.Bonosa. From the old church remained a little bell-tower of the 12th century with the decorations and some Arab-Spanish ceramics. The transfer to the church of a miraculous image of the Virgin which returned the sight to a blind man made the name...

Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi)

Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi) The colony of Genoa had their stores and residences in he port zone. Meliaduce Cicala, prior of Genoa's Confraternity, organized construction of big religious and social organization which would include a church dedicated to the protector of Genoa St.John, a hospice with the functions of hospital, and marvelous cloister attributed to work of B.Pontelli, considered to be one of...

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden)

Construction of the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto (Church of St. Mary of the Garden) was began in 1419 in honour of the image of Virgin taken from wall of a garden as a consequence of particular veneration. The probable architect who began the construction was G.Romano but it was finished only in 1566 by G.Guidetti (interior) and by Vignola (exterior) probably in...

Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture

Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture This enormous palace is 335m long, 80m large, 25m high and occupies 27.000 sq.m.. It was built for some 150 years starting from 1676 till the beginning of the 19th century. The first part of the building was erected close to Porta Portese and grew bit by bit to the north where big church Chiesa di S.Michele (by C.Fontana) was built. In its building was included the body of...

Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) & Fountain at Piazza Mastai

Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi, Piazza Mastai This Palazzo del Monopolio dei Tabacchi/ Manifattura dei Tabacchi/ Fabbrica dei Tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building/ Tobacco Monopoly/ Tobacco factory building) at Piazza Mastai was built on the site of little constructions and pieces of land belonging to the Hospice of S.Maria dell'Orto, in 1863 by the architect A.Sarti. The pope governing in that epoch, Pius IX Mastai,...

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa)

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi ( Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa/ S.Francesco a Ripa) grew on the site of old hospice Ospizio di S.Biagio in which, as a tradition says, St.Francis once was a guest, at least during one of his numerous sojourns in Rome. The original church was transformed immediately after the canonization of S.Francesco in 1231 for the initiative...

Basilica/ Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere

This Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica/ Chiesa di S.Maria in Trastevere) occupies the 5th place in the hierarchy of Roman churches after St Peter's, St.Paul, St.John and S.Maria Maggiore for its ancient origins as well as for being the first dedicated to Madonna. It is the first among so called "minor basilicas" and it was the church which more often substituted...

Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison)

Villa Montalto, owned by Sisto V Peretti (1585-1590) and found on the Esquilino hill, was the largest private property within the city walls. At the end of the nineteenth century, precisely in 1877, the whole area was divided up to build the Termini railway station, piazza dei Cinquecento and other modern districts. The fountain came here from far away, Villa Montalto of...

Church of Santa Maria della Scala

Popular veneration of the miraculous image of Madonna depicted over some stairs in Trastevere forced a cardinal "di Como" and a Carmelite order to purchase a part of the district and build on the place of semi-destroyed poor houses a church and a big monastery with an ample open space. That stairs do not exist now but Maria's image is conserved now in the left transept of the...

Church of Sant’Agata in Trastevere

It is of the numerous little oratories till now occupying Trastevere; they all received a common baroque restoration works in 17-18th centuries. The church of St.Agatha was probably erected on the place of the house of Gregory II, who transformed it in a church and a monastery. The simulacrum or the venerable wooden statue of the Madonna del Carmine is kept in the church and...

Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono

Before 499 on the place of the present Basilica/ Church of San Crisogono (Basilica/ Chiesa di S.Crisogono) but 6m lower was built a church which together with S.Maria in Trastevere and S.Cecilia was one of the initial sites of cult and assistance to the Christian community in the zone of Trastevere. The damage from regular floods which risen the level of the soil convinced to...

San Gallicano Hospital (NIHMP/ INMP) & Church

San Gallicano Hospital (NIHMP/ INMP) & Church Benedict XIII had a wish to resolve an old Roman problem: medical assistance to the people ill with scabies, ringworm and similar to them infections that often were refused to be cured by other hospitals. The initiative was improved by Benedict XIV who used a legacy of famous medical doctor and philanthrope G.M.Lancisi, as well as the property of those who died without a will...