Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Piazza di Sant'Ignazio, Rome

Piazza di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, Rome It was arranged by F.Raguzzini in 1727-1728 with the rococo aspect by construction of a series of buildings similar to chests of drawers (Fr.bureaux). The square is located on important archeological site, where the rests of the archways of Acquedotto Vergine, which served Terme di Agrippa, were found. Nearby was the Temple of Isis. Fig: Piazza di Sant'Ignazio Street and...

Albergo Ambasciatori/ Ambasciatori Palace Hotel/ La Terrazza Dell'Hotel Ambasciatori, Rome

Ambasciatori Palace Hotel, Via Veneto, Rome Albergo Ambasciatori/ Ambasciatori Palace Hotel/ La Terrazza Dell'Hotel Ambasciatori was erected in 1926 according to the project of M.Piacentini. The name of the hotel reminds about the splendid hospitality for foreign ambassadors existed in Rome for centuries. Now it is a luxury hotel for the 1st class tourism. There is a little curiosity about it: a little fountain for dogs...

Piazza Mattei and Fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoise Fountain)

Piazza Mattei and Fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoise Fountain) The name of this square derives from the property that the Mattei family had in this zone. In the middle of it is Fontana delle Tartarughe, built according to a design of G.Della Porta in 1581-1584, with the bronze sculptures by T.Landini, and restored in 1658 probably by G.L.Bernini. Piazza Mattei (Mattei Square) is situated in the heart of Renaissance Rome. It is overlooked...

British Embassy to the Holy See/ Ambasciata di Gran Bretagna (Britannica)

British Embassy to the Holy See/ Ambasciata di Gran Bretagna (Britannica) This is a modern construction inspired by colonial style and realized by Basil Spencer in 1971 to substitute another building strongly damaged by a terrorist's bomb in 1946 and completely destroyed later. The British Embassy occupies the site of not existing anymore Villa Costaguti which stood here from the 16th century and was characterized by some beautiful gardens and...

Palazzo Vecchiarelli

At present this palace is a property of the Emo-Capodilista, who executed an accurate restoration in 1956; it has three facades with the most beautiful one on Via dei Vecchiarelli. Here the elegant entrance is surmounted by a balcony.

Piazza Navona - Square With 3 Fountains: Fiumi (Rivers), Moro (Moor) & Nettuno (Neptune)

obelisk of Navona square (Obelisco di piazza Navona), Rome The square repeats in its dimensions and form the Stadio di Domiziano (Stadium of Domitian) built here in 86 close to the Baths of Nero. On the site of present Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne stood another impressive construction of Domitian, Odeon. It is probable also, that between Piazza Navona and Tiber was located Naumacchia di Domiziano built for the water performances that...

Villa Doria Pamphili (Pamphilj): Museum, Casino, Theatre, Fountains, Chapel And Garden

Pamphili house Located on the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill the park with its 180 hectares is the largest green area in the Italian capital by including in it a number of oak trees and fence to enclose this wonderful heritage. Better known under the name of Villa Doria Pamphili (Villa Doria Pamphilj) the only change made to its perimeter that was due to "cut" for the opening of the Olympic...

Fountain (Fontana) & Square (Piazza) of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Night view of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere This square was for all of the history of Trastevere district its real center and it remained it till now. In the center of it there is fountain documented since the middle of the 15th century, which was reconstructed by C.Fontana in 1692 and was restored in the 19th century. It is named after the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, which dominates the piazza and was the...

Porta (Gate) Ardeatina and Via Ardeatina Road

Ardeatina Gate (Porta Ardeatina) was opened in 1939 as the beginning of the Via Cristoforo Colombo, which leads to the sea and in that epoch was named "Imperiale". The name of the gate derives from an ancient Porta Ardeatina, which was destroyed in 1538 by A.da Sangallo the Younger, together with a long tract of the imperial walls, for the construction of the nearby bastion....

Rome Summer Festival - A Hundred Days of Performance, Concerts and Cultural Events

Rome Summer Festival - Concerts and Cultural Events, Roman Summer Festival is a hundred days of performance, concerts, and cultural events involving the whole city, and stretches from the centre to the suburbs. The event encompasses theatre, music, performance, cinema and art. as well as the discovery of places and stimuli. The festival is an annual summer ritual in Rome. It is becoming increasingly important in the city's...

Via di Porta San Sebastiano and Burial Tomb of Scipio (Scipioni)

Before arriving at Porta San Sebastiano - the ancient Porta Appia in the city walls built in the second half of the third century A.D. by the Emperor Aurelian - there existed (and still exists under the names of Via delle Terme di Caracalla and Via di Porta San Sebastiano) the initial stretch of the road, almost a mile long that, starting off from Porta Capena in the walls of...

Maggiore or Prenestina Gate (Porta Maggiore/ Prenestina)

Maggiore or Prenestina Gate (Porta Maggiore/ Prenestina) The site on which this gate stands is the highest point of the Esquiline Hill, this could explain why eight of eleven aqueducts bringing water to Rome were reaching this point from where could send it in different directions of the city. The Porta Maggiore or Porta Prenestina (Maggiore or Prenestina Gate) was a part of aqueduct crossing in this point two roads via...

Palazzo Sessoriano (Sessorium): Infantry & Tankers Museum, Grenadiers Museum, S.Croce in Gerusalemme

museum of Italian Army at Piazza S. Croce in Gerusalemme, rome In the beginning of the 3rd century in this zone on the south-eastern end of the city was formed a new Imperial residence, better adapted for living than the one on the Palatine Hill. It was called "Sessorium" or "Palace of Sessorium", and was compound of ample gardens, amphitheater, circus, baths and a basilica for negotiation of public affairs. To protect all this the city...

Villa Wolkonsky - British Ambassador'S Residence

This villa takes name from the its owner Zenaida Wolkonskaja, who lived in Rome in 1829-1862 and organized international cultural meetings in Palazzo Poli at Trevi Fountain. The interior layout of the Villa Wolkonsky has changed little since the 1930s and provides a wonderful setting for receiving the Residence’s many guests. A recent tree and plant census listed around 200...

Palazzo delle Casse di Risparmio Postali (Palace of Post Office Savings Bank)

Palazzo delle Casse di Risparmio Postali (Palace of Post Office Savings Bank) This enormous palace serving as a seat of Post Saving Fund was projected by engineer Rolando and unveiled in 1914. It is located in Piazza Dante. Recently the gardens of the Piazza Dante square (Area 5.000 m²) was dedicated to immigrants. Address: Palazzo delle Casse di Risparmio Postali (Palace of Post Office Savings Bank) Piazza Dante 00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy Zone: Rione...