Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Fatebenefratelli Hospital (Ospedale Fatebenefratelli) of Tiber island

With the expansion of Rome, the various wooden structures of the Isola Tiberina, such as the arcades of the two bridges, were substituted by marble and masonry and the whole structure became a place dedicated to medicine. It is still today, as it can be inferred from the presence of the Fatebenefratelli Hospital (Ospedale Fatebenefratelli). The hospital occupies the major...

Caetani Tower (Torre dei Caetani) of Tiber Island

Caetani Tower (Torre dei Caetani) of Tiber Island The tower (torre) stands on the left of Ponte (Bridge) Fabricio and behind the Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola. It belonged first to the Pierleoni family who built it in the 10th century and later was bought by the Caetani family who lived in the houses close to the tower till 1470 and included in this architectonic complex construction the church of S.Bartolomeo. In 1087...

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...

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,...

Palazzo and Church of San Callisto (Saint Callixtus)/ Palazzo e Chiesa di S.Callisto

Apart from the old buildings that overlook the square (Piazza) Santa Maria in Trastevere, among which is the monumental 17th century Palazzo San Callisto (1613) belonging to the Holy See in the heart of Trastevere. On the site of palazzo di S.Callisto since the Middle Ages stood a palace erected for the cardinals responsible for the life of basilica of S.Maria in Trastevere...

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...

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)

This palace was erected in 1914-1928 by Cesare Bazzani. It covers the surface of 9500 sq.m.. In-front of it was built so called Palazzo degli Esami (Palace of Exams) destined to held public competitions, but at present it often cannot give place for all the candidates competing, so exams are held in other places like Palace of Sport. Fomation of Ministero della Pubblica...

The Wall of Urbano VIII (Mura di Urbano VIII)

The walls going down from the Janiculum hill are relatively recent because were built under Urban VIII which comprehended much bigger area than that one of Imperial walls. The Wall of Urbano VIII and the Vanvitelli fountain When, in 1630, port duty was reinstated, it became necessary to separate the port itself from the city. Urbano VIII therefore had a wall built which still...

Porta Portese (Portese Gate)

Porta Portese (Portese Gate) Sunday flea market This is the most recent among the gates of the walls around Rome (17th century). It was built in 1644 by Urban VIII as part of the Janiculum Walls and finished by his successor Innocent X who put on the top of it his coat-of-arms. This antique city gate was one of the main entrances in the city of Rome. In the time of its construction another gate existed on the distance of...

Port of Ripa Grande (Porto di Ripa Grande) & Fountain of Timone (Helm or Rudder)

Now only the name and double stairs in the walls of river side remained of what was the greatest Port of Rome built in the late Middle Ages. Here arrived the ships from all over the Mediterranean Sea till the WWI. The port was destroyed for the construction of the river side (Lungotevere). The name "Ripa Grande" was given to make the difference between another little port of "...

Rione Testaccio - Via Marmorata: Discover Testaccio, Walk on Monte Testaccio (Testaccio Hill)

Rione Testaccio - Via Marmorata Via Marmorata The name of the street "Marmorata" confirms the existence of a huge deposit of marbles (marmo (it.) = marble) on the coast of the river in times when it was an ancient river port where all the building materials brought to Rome for imperial and other kinds of constructions where unloaded from the ships. In 1867-1870, in the epoch of Pius IX, in course of...

MACRO Testaccio Complex & La Pelanda - Former Mattatoio (Slaughterhouse): Museum and Cultural Centre

Mattatoio was a great complex construction created in 1890 as a huge slaughter-house or abattoir . It is abandoned now, and the plans of its re-utilization take in consideration some sportive constructions on this territory or creation of new museums and centers of commune's life. Rome’s ex-Mattatoio (slaughter-house or abattoir) complex is now an active site for cultural...