Museums, Monuments and Archaeological Areas

A stroll at the Theatre of Marcellus, Rome

Porticus Octaviae (Portico di Ottavia), Rome, Italy An archeological area of 10.000 square metres in the heart of the city, right by the Capitoline hill. An enchanting pedestrian area immersed in history: passing by the Porticus of Octavia, it is possible to reach the Theatre of Marcellus on foot and enjoy its grandiosity in an atmosphere of magical silence. The Theatre of Marcellus (Latin: Theatrum Marcelli, Italian: Teatro...

Visitor Center at the Roman Imperial Fora/Forums (Fori Imperiali), Rome

Visitor Center at the Roman Imperial Fora/Forums (Fori Imperiali), Rome, Italy The first Visitor Center in Rome, a place that offers information, documentation and a meeting point for tourists and visitors, the starting point for a series of guided tours of the Imperial Fora and other sites. Set up in a delightful courtyard obtained by reclaiming a former municipal dump, the Visitor Center is provided with an information counter, an area for the display...

The Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome

An example of the structure of Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome The Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, Europe's largest Music park, completed the opening of its structures with the inauguration of the large hall with 2800 seats, the concept store, the bar area, the bookshop with books and multimedia items, and the restaurant ReD - Restaurant & Design, that offers the expertise of chef Angelo Troiani. Ever since it was inaugurated...

Formation of Lateran Palace to Vatican Historical Museum

The Lateran Palace, Rome, Italy Pope Sixtus V commissioned the construction of the Lateran Palace (Palazzo Laterano/ Palazzo Lateranense) at the end of the 16th century to stand in for the ancient building that used to be the Papal residence ever since the 4th century. The building is highly decorated inside with frescoes portraying scenes of the Old Testament and houses the Vatican Historical Museum that...

Archaeological Places In Rome

Archaeological Places In Rome, Italy Imperial Forums Palatine Colosseum Arch of Constantine From Caesar on, all emperors left a sign of their empire into the so-called Imperial Forums, which name the modern straight-forward way - opened by Mussolini- that connects piazza Venezia to the Colosseum. Starting from the square, on the left side is the monumental Trajan's column, formed of 17 circular marble blocks...

Doria Pamphilj (Pamphili) Museum Gallery In Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (Pamphili)

Doria Pamphilj Museum Gallery, Rome, Italy The Doria Pamphilj Gallery (also spelled Doria Pamphili Gallery) is a large art collection housed in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (also spelled Palazzo Doria Pamphili) in Rome, Italy. It is situated between the Via del Corso and Via della Gatta. The principal entrance is on the Via del Corso (until recently entrance to the gallery was from the Piazza del Collegio Romano). Like...

Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) - A Walk In The Ancient Rome Through Appia Antica Park

Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) - A Walk In The Ancient Rome While the Via Appia is lined with monuments and tombs of ancient Roman patrician families, many find what’s under the Appian Way to be more interesting. Below the street are miles of tunnels – known as catacombs – where the early Christians buried their dead and, when necessary, held secret church services. Several of the catacombs are open to the public and on a guided tour...

Egyptian Obelisks In Rome

Egyptian Obelisks In Rome, Italy Rome has been nicknamed the city of obelisks, since it is the city with by far the largest number. At present there are thirteen, although there are legends of a fourteenth obelisk buried near the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. The Emperor Augustus was the first to raise them, bringing two from Egypt; Caligula followed his example by raising one in the Circus Vaticanus and...

The Angel of Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

The Angel of Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy At the top of the Castel Sant'Angelo, the archangel Michael stands mighty and proud, sheathing his sword. The bronze statue was created in the mid 1700s and erected in memory of Pope Gregory the Great's vision in the 6th century AD. Tradition has it that a terrible epidemic raged in Rome and the pope was desperate. He ordered a great expiation procession from St. John Lateran...

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) - History, Dimensions, Exterior, Interior, Vatican Grottoes, Necropolis

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic...

Piazza San Pietro, Saint Peter's Square, Rome & Vatican City

Piazza San Pietro, Saint Peter's Square, Rome St Peter's square was realized by G.L.Bernini in 1656-67. It is one of the superb examples of civic architecture and was designed to create an adequate entrance to the heart of Catholic religion and, from the functional side, cover the visible disproportion of St Peter'. Fig: St Peter's square It has the form of an ellipse 240m large and 340m long (from the stairs leading...

Giardini Vaticani (Vatican Gardens), Vatican City, Rome

Giardini Vaticani (Vatican Gardens), Vatican City, Rome Giardini Vaticani (Vatican Gardens) is an ample complex of gardens "alla italiana", where presents a combination of French gardens' rationalism and games of tree masses of English gardens. Fig: Grotta della Madonna (See on the picture above: Grotta della Madonna). It is a reproduction of Massabielle's cave, where in 1858 the Madonna appeared before B.Soubirous. The new made...

Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City, Rome

Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City, Rome The Courtyard of Pine-Cone takes this curious name from a huge (4m high) bronze pine-cone dated from 1century a.C., which started its way here from Giardini di Iside in the zone of Pantheon, then moved to the hall of ancient St Peter's and finally got its present position in the court of Vatican Museums in time of the rein of Julius II. It is covered by a big arch, designed by...

Cortile del Belvedere (Belvedere courtyard)

Cortile del Belvedere(Belvedere courtyard) Pope Julius II and Bramante made a project to connect an ancient pontifical palace on the right of St Peter's with the palace, built by Pollaiolo for Innocent VIII, standing on the little hill called "del Belvedere". Bramante designed two long corridors between the palaces, so that they created a big court- yard. In the work participated G.d.Sangallo, P.Ligorio, O.Mascherino....

Palazzetto del Belvedere (The Palace of Belvedere), Vatican Gardens, Vatican City, Rome

Palazzetto del Belvedere, Vatican Gardens, Vatican City, Rome The Palace of Belvedere was built for Innocent VII by Pollaiolo on the hill called collina of S.Egidio or of Belvedere. In 18th century it was modified for the Museo Pio- Clementino by M.Simonetti and G.Camporese. Fig: schema p-zetto belvedere The Pio-Clementino Museum (Museo Pio-Clementino) Takes its name from the pope Clement XIV, who exposed here the first collections,...