Museums, Monuments and Archaeological Areas

Palazzo Boncompagni Cerasi, Rome

The palace was built in the 17th century with very large facade containing 13 windows surmounted by cartouches and heraldic elements. The central entrance has an ample balcony above it. The green courtyard preserves ancient statues and not big stair case is decorated with stuccoes. Also visit Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum for Decorative Arts, Costume and Fashion (Museo...

Palazzo Rondanini Sanseverino, Rome

It was built in 1744-1748 for baron Rondanini on the site of the other construction, which was created by F.Ponzio and belonged to an artist Cavalier d'Arpino. After 1760 the new palace was enlarged by G.Valvassori in direction of the church of S.Giacomo and finished by creation of double entrance door bordered by four columns and a balcony above it. The palace contained a...

Church/Chiesa di San Girolamo dei Croati (degli Schiavoni), Rome

Church/Chiesa di San Girolamo dei Croati (degli Schiavoni), Rome Starting from the 15th century in Borghi district a colony of refugies from Illiric-Croatian lands was settled. They left their country running away from Turks. Their congregation obtained a Chiesetta di S.Marina in 1453 close to the port of Ripetta. The church was given a new name of St Jerome and a hospice adjoining it was built. Sixtus V was a protector of the colony and...

Via Vittoria, Rome

Via Vittoria, Rome Via Vittoria lies between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Augusto Imperatore, and runs parallel to via Condotti and connects via del Corso with via del Babuino. Via Vittoria also near Viale Pietro De Coubertin and Via Vincenzo Bellini. The origins of the name of this street are uncertain. It is noted for being a place of Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, which was completely...

Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps), Rome

Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps), Rome Famous all over the world as the Spanish steps, it was realized in 1723-1726 by the project of F.De Sanctis. The idea to create it was caused by the necessity to make an appropriate access to the French church of Trinita' dei Monti. It is made of 137 steps all of travertine, and gives an impression of lightness and harmony. The Scalinata was built on a legacy of money of a...

Piazza di Spagna, Piazza della Trinita, Rome

Colonna dell'Immacolata (Column of Immaculate Conception), Rome At present Piazza di Spagna is a center of luxury fashionable shops and galleries of art and antiques. It has an irregular form: three different parts one attached to another. It was dominated by France to the north of the Spanish steps, where the French ambassador had a residence, and in square's southern part by Spain, where the Palace of Spanish ambassador still stands. The...

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome Continuing a medieval tradition of missionary organizations all over Europe, in 1627 a Congregation of Propaganda Fide was founded by Urban VIII. The palace on Piazza di Spagna was acquired for this congregation in 1625, and housed the College, which prepares for missionary work the Catholic priests from all over the world. From 1921, the palace is occupied only by the...

Palazzo Borghese, Rome

Palazzo Borghese on the Tiber River, Rome The palace was built by Vignola in 1560 for the Spanish cardinal Dezza. In 1596 it passed to C.Borghese, and after he became pope Paul V, the palace was given to his family, which enlarged it (architect F.Ponzio). Inside is a large courtyard with the arches posed on 96 twin columns in two storeys. The garden, nympheum and fountains were arranged by C.Rainaldi. Before 1891 the...

Orologio Solare di Augusto (The sundial of emperor Augustus), Rome

Orologio Solare di Augusto (The sundial of emperor Augustus), Rome Behind the church of S.Lorenzo in Lucina and its convent, is a zone where the Sun Clock built by Augustus must had been located. All the district of Campo Marzio was arranged by Augustus in form of gardens and in their center was this clock. In 1980 the remains of the sun clock constructed by Domitian over the one of Augustus were discovered. Nevertheless, already in the 16th...

Palazzo Fiano Almagia, Rome

Palazzo Fiano Almagia, Rome The Historical Frieze occupies the whole longest sides of the monument. It probably represents the Ara Pacis’ opening ceremony in the IX century BC. However, the presence of anachronistic personages like Agrippa, who died before the IX century, and situations, like Augustus in the Pontifex Maximums capacity (position held later), might make this frieze a sort of glorification...

Palazzo della Missione, Rome

Palazzo della Missione, Rome Palazzo della Missione was erected in 1642 by initiative of one religious French lady with the goal to give it to the Congregation founded in Paris by St Vincent of Paoli, which was also called Congregation of Lazzarists or "Signori della Missione". There was also a church Chiesa della Trinita della Missione annexed to the palace, but destroyed in 1907. During the excavations...

Palazzo Chigi, Rome

Palazzo Chigi, Rome Its construction was begun in the end of the 16th century under Clement VIII Aldobrandini, by project of G.Della Porta and S.Maderno. In 1659 it was acquired by Agostino Chigi. Construction was enlarged by architect Felice Della Greca on the territory of the houses belonging to the Chigi. The work was finished by G.B.Contini. The palace was enriched by paintings, sculptures,...

Fontana (Fountain) di Piazza Colonna, Piazza Colonna, Rome

Piazza Colonna, Rome Starting from the Middle Ages and until the 17th century the square was occupied by the old houses. In the middle of them was a Column of Marcus Aurelius, which gave the name to the square. Its present level is seven meters higher than the one of the ancient Rome. In the 18th century it was occupied by the fruit and drink vendors, that were substituted after 1870 by...

Palazzo di San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

Saint Louis dei Francesi at Palazzo di San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome It was erected in 1709-1716 by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri with the goal to serve the religious confraternity of the French and to the pilgrims in need of board and lodging. The main facade is in Via S.Giovanna d'Arco. In the palace's gallery are numerous portraits of the French kings, and on the ceiling of the Music Hall is a stuccoed "L" in memory of St Louis. The palace has...

Cassa Di Risparmio Di Roma/Fondazione Roma Museo/ The Museo del Corso, Rome

Cassa Di Risparmio Di Roma/ The Museo del Corso, Rome The Palace of the Savings Bank was built by A.Cipolla in 1864-1874 on the site of old palaces, ex property of the Hospital of S.Giacomo degli Incurabili. It is one of examples of how the historical center of Rome is keeping the tendency of depopulation by creation of the constructions serving political and financial organizations on the territory of former living blocks. In...