Museums, Monuments and Archaeological Areas

The historic Squares of Rome

Piazza del Campidoglio situated on the Capitoline Hill, rome This itinerary can start from nowhere else but the Piazza del Campidoglio situated on the Capitoline Hill, which has always been the privileged seat of divinity and power. Although it is the lowest and least extensive of the Seven Hills of Rome, in the early 6th century B.C. there stood the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus, by far the most important temple of...

Quartiere Della Vittoria

Quartiere Della Vittoria This neighborhood grew in the 20's-30's of the 20th century for initiative of construction cooperatives and organizations promoting popular and economic residence constructions: Istituto per le Case Popolari, Istituto per le Case degli Impiegati Statali, Istituto per le Case dei Dipendenti Comunali, etc., all of them appeared by impulse of Luigi Luzzatti in the beginning of...

Osservatorio Astrofisico, Istituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica (INAF), Rome

Osservatorio Astrofisico, Istituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica (INAF), Rome The Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory of the Roman University [The Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (National Institute for Astrophysics), or INAF] is located on the summit of the Monte Mario. It moved here in 1935 from the tower on the Capitoline Hill, and occupies the ex Villa Mellini, which was completely reconstructed for its new owner. The villa was built in...

Ponte (Bridge) Flaminio/ Museo (Museum) Torretta Valadier, Rome

Ponte (Bridge) Flaminio/ Museo (Museum) Torretta Valadier, Rome This bridge was built in 1939-51 with the pause between 1943 and 1947. It is made of reinforced cement, has seven arches and is 292m long and 40m wide. It serves as the entrance to the city from the north. This is one of Rome’s unknown gems because not many people know that the tower that is on the bridge is actually a small museum/art gallery named - Torretta Valadier -...

Villa Giulia National Museum, Rome

Villa Giulia National Museum, Rome It was realized for pope Julius III in 1551-55, by enlargement of his family property extending on the greatest part of the hills and plains between Porta del Pololo and Ponte Milvio. It was composed of three centers, the oldest one was named "old vine-yard", the second was the "vine-yard of the port" (as it stood on the riverbank, where a specially built port gave the...

Villa Poniatowsky, Rome

It was born from the division of Villa Giulia in 1570, first as Vigna Mignanelli, then it belonged to the Gonzaga and the Cesi, by who's order Vignola created a beautiful portico and a terrace, accessed by a staircase decorated with marbles, later it was known as Villa Sinibaldi, and finally in 1781 it became a property of Polish prince Stanislao Poniatowsky, who had it...

Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna & Museo (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and Museum), Rome

National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and Museum, Rome The palace of the gallery was built in 1911 by Cesare Bazzani, and enlarged in 1933. It contains the most important in Italy collection of 19th-20th century Italian art, founded in 1883. It was slowly reconstructed and rearranged. At present it's been completely reopened. The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and Museum (Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna &...

Villa Glori (Viale di Villa Glori), Rome

Villa Glori (Viale di Villa Glori), Rome It was a vineyard of a certain signor Glori, who escaped from here in October 1867, when a bloody battle between a troop of Garibaldi's army and pontifical gendarmes took place on this territory. In the head of this revolutionary attempt were two brothers Enrico and Giovanni Cairoli. This occasion is commemorated by a column and a dry stable of almond-tree, beside which Enrico...

Viale della Moschea (Islamic Center of Italy), Rome

Viale della Moschea (Islamic Center of Italy), Rome The name of this hill derives from the phrase "ante amnes", i,e. "in front of two rivers", because it is located in the junction point of Aniene and Tiber. Here, in ancient epoch was located a Sabine town Antemnae, to which the famous Raped Sabines belonged. On the summit of Monte Antenne (62m) is one of the fortresses of the Roman fortification built in 1877-84. The...

Chiese (Church) Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio, Rome

Chiese (Church) Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio, Rome Giuseppe Gualandi made a project of this church in 1913-14 and put it in the realization in 1917. The construction has evident traces of the inspiration by the Cathedral of Milan with lots of gothic elements. In the building belonging to the church there is a "Museum of liberated souls", which contains proofs of the existence of the "beyond world", collected from all over the...

Piazza Cavour (The Cavour square), Rome

Piazza Cavour (The Cavour square), Rome Piazza Cavour (The Cavour square) was began in 1876, when appeared the idea to built another impressive building close to such a great examples of architecture as St Peter's and Castel Sant'Angelo. The first thoughts were about Stock and Opera Theatre, but won the project of the Palace of Justice. The monument in the center of the square is to the one of the most important...

Palazzo Primoli, Mario Praz Museum, Museo Napoleonico, Rome

Museo Napoleonico (Napoleonico Museum), Palazzo Primoli, Rome In the Palazzo Primoli (15th century) have their seats Fondazione Primoli and Museo Napoleonico. Museo Napoleonico in its 14 rooms contains picture, miniatures, sculptures, drawings with the memory about the presence of Napoleon in Rome. It was presented to the city of Rome in 1927 by count Joseph Primoli. Joseph Primoli assured himself a long fame because of his qualities...

Villa Borghese, Rome

Villa Borghese, Rome This villa occupies the territory of 78 hectares and its circumference is 6km. It was created by cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of pope Paul V. The architects were F.Ponzio and G.Vasanzio. Notable enlargement and rearrangement of the villa took place in the late 18th-early 19th centuries. Prince Marcantonio IV Borghese employed Jacob Moore from Edinburgh to design the...

Pincian Hill (Pincio/ Pincius), Rome

Piazza del popolo, Pincian Hill (Pincio/ Pincius), Rome It was the first garden in Rome open to public. Previously this area was occupied by vine yards and gardens that belonged to the nearby convent and corresponding to Villa dei Pinci e degli Acili. It was known as the Collis Hortulorum of ancient Rome. In the 4th century it was owned by the Pinci, from whom the name of the hill is derived. The project of a garden was done by G...

Chiesa (Church) di Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

Chiesa (Church) di S.Maria del Popolo, Rome The church grew out of a chapel built here by Pascal II in 1099 over the tombs of the Domitia family, which were believed to be the haunt of demons, because Nero was buried there. The origin of the name is not certain, and one of the versions is the fact that it was built on expenses of people of Rome (Commune of Rome) (popolo=people). The chapel was enlarged in 1227-1241 by...