Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Lateran Obelisk (Obelisco Lateranense) at Piazza San Giovanni

Lateran Obelisk (Obelisco Lateranense) at Piazza San Giovanni Lateran Obelisk (Obelisco Lateranense) is the oldest Egyptian obelisk in Rome, it is also the highest one: 32m without basement, 46m with the basement. It is made of red granite and was originally from the temple of Amon at Thebes, erected in the 15th century BC where it was dedicated to the Pharaoh Thutmose III. In 357 Constans II brought it to Rome from the valley of Nile...

Porta (Gate) San Giovanni

Pope Gregory XIII had this new city gate built in 1574 and named it after the close basilica of S.Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran). This gate was one of the points of the pope's plan about the new roads and traffic in this zone of the city. Its probable authors were G.della Porta or G.Del Duca. The seven archways were open in 1917 because of the increase of traffic from...

Porta (Gate) Asinaria

This is the most impressive of the ancient Roman gates as for the height and length of defense system, as for the two rectangular and two semi-circular towers. It was originally a simple gate, but Honorius added two semi-cylindrical towers to increase its resistance to the probable attacks of enemies. The name derives from Via Asinaria which took its beginning from here and...

Palazzo Clementino

Clement XI built this palace in the beginning of the 18th century on the site of the ruins remained from the ancient Baths of Diocletian. It was used as a provision store of the city. Later it was adapted for the prison for condemned to public works, and in the end of the past century the palace was transformed in the Hospice for Blind People under the protection of Queen...

Rome's major Government Buildings

Palazzo del Quirinale - Rome's major Government Buildings Palazzo del Quirinale Since 1948 it has housed the offices and residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It used to be residence of noble families and summer residence of the Popes. Since 1871 it became residence of the King of Italy. The Savoys decorated the palace with expensive tapestries, antique paintings and other furnishings from a variety of royal...

The Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), Rome

The Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), Rome , Italy The result of a series of adaptations that enlarged the original nucleus dating back to the end of the 15th century, the Quirinal Palace rises on one of the four elevations of the highest and largest of Rome's seven hills. Ancient papal residence until 1811, imperial residence under Napoleon, then royal palace from 1871 and finally seat of the president of the Republic since...

Rome - World's most beautiful works of art - The buildings of "power"

Rome - World's most beautiful works of art - The buildings of "power" , Italy Besides its archaeological remains and the fact that Rome has some of the world's most beautiful works of art the city is also the site of numerous imposing buildings which are institutions of the Italian Republic There is the Palazzo del Quirinale (www.quirinale.it); the Camera Alta (the Upper house of the parliament) and the Senato (the Senate) in Palazzo Madama (www.senato....

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...

Palazzo della RAI (RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana), Rome

Palazzo della RAI  (RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana), Rome The Palace of the Italian State-owned radio and television network (Radiotelevisione Italiana, RAI) was erected in 1965 by Berarducci-Fioroni, and has a beautiful statue of a horse by F.Messina in front of it. RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana, known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian state owned public service broadcaster controlled by the Italian Ministry...

Ministero della Marina, Rome

Ministero della Marina, Rome The Palace of the Marine Ministry was erected in 1928 by architect Giulio Magni. It has an ample square in front of it facing Via Flaminia. On either side of the entrance from the Lungotevere are two colossal anchors from Austro-Hungarian ships participated in the WWI. Address: Ministero della Marina Ministeri - Ministero Marina 00196, Rome, Lazio, Italy Subway: Flaminio Shown...

Palazzina di Pio IV, Rome

Palazzina di Pio IV, Rome It was built by Sansovino for cardinal Antonio del Monte in the first half of the 16th century, and made part of the Villa Giulia. In 1561, during the pontificate of Pius IV, it passed to his nephews Borromeo, and was transformed and enlarged by P.Ligorio (who also designed the Casina di Pio IV in Vatican) with the new name: Palace of Pius IV. From 1567 it belonged to the...

Quartiere Coppede, Piazza Mincio, Rome

Quartiere Coppede, Piazza Mincio, Rome This neighborhood, located between Via Tagliamento, Via Clitunno, Via Serchio, Via Ombrone and Via Arno (Italian rivers), with the center in Piazza Mincio, is named after it author, architect G.Coppede'. It grew in 1921-1926, and is noted for its very curious architecture: fantastic entrance arch from Via Tagliamento, a series of towers, loggias, and medieval fragments. In...

Palazzo Sistino/Sistina/Sistine, Vatican City, Rome

Palazzo Sistino/Sistina/Sistine, Vatican City, Rome Pius IV and Gregory XIII added to the ancient palace the new wing at the corner, covered with the loggia similar to that one of Bramante - Raphael. The work was conducted by P.Ligorio, M.Longhi and O.Mascherino. But the idea to build the third wing with loggia, which would belong to one side of the new palace, and thus create the little courtyard called Cortile di S.Domaso...

Palazzo (Palace) Rusticucci, Rome

Palazzo (Palace) Rusticucci, Rome It is a reconstruction of a palace built in 1585, which with its present name and its previous name Palazzo degli Accoramboni, occupied the side of the old square Rusticucci, from where the district of Borgi was facing the facade of St Peter's basilica. Address: Palazzo (Palace) Rusticucci Via Rusticucci, 00193, Rome, Lazio, Italy Palazzo (Palace) Rusticucci is Shown By "Map...

Palazzo Dei Convertendi, Rome

Palazzo Dei Convertendi, Rome This palace took the place of destroyed Palazzo del cardinale Soderini and other small constructions of 15-16th centuries. Il Palazzo dei Convertendi, which was also called Palazzo di Raffaello (Palace of Raphael), because the great artist had died here in 1520, is probably the work of Bramante. The very beautiful entrance with the loggia above is attributed to Peruzzi. The...