Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Palazzo Torlonia, Rome

Palazzo Torlonia, Rome It is one of numerous Roman palaces that were named after the outstandingly rich family of bankers in 19th century. The building belongs to work of A.Bregno, who constructed it approx. in 1500 for the cardinal Adriano Castellesi da Corneto, secretary of Alexander VI Borgia. He was one of the current executors of the project to inhabit the district Borghi, so to create the...

Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, Rome

Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, Rome In 1520 cardinal Armellini built a new palace enlarging the old one of 15th century, which was bought by future cardinal Pier Donato Cesi and his brother Angelo in 1565. The Cesi's had it innovated by M.Longhi the Younger. On the right end of the facade there are rests of the sculptured lion head. It is one of examples of the rich collection of antiques realized by the...

Palazzo Serristori, Rome

The architect created this fine building for the noble family Serristori, merchants and bankers of Tuscanian origins, is unknown. In 1555 it was the residence of Tuscany's Embassy; in 1867 it was papal Zouaves' barracks. Today it is the School of Pius IX transferred here in 1935 because of the destruction of their previous seat on piazza Pia. Address: Palazzo Serristori Via...

Palazzo dei Penitenzieri, Columbus Hotel, Rome

Palazzo dei Penitenzieri, Columbus Hotel, Rome It was erected in 1480-90 for the cardinal Domenico Della Rovere, probably by B.Pontelli in Palazzo Venezia style. Starting from the 17th century the palace entered in the period of its decadence loosing external decorations and suffering from the installation of new windows. (pictured above: inner courtyard) On the facade facing Via della Conciliazione there are two pretty...

Piazza Risorgimento, Rome

Piazza Risorgimento, Rome Till 1890 on this place existed Porta Angelica (gate) built in 15th century and named after Pius IV. From the contemporary Piazza del Risorgimento during past centuries was possible to admire the horrible view of cages located on the top of the Porta, containing the human heads. Piazza (Square) Risorgimento forms the meeting place of Via Cola di Rienzo and the quieter Via...

Piazza Adriana, Rome

Piazza Adriana, Rome The Park of Castel Sant'Angelo was created in the middle of 1930's as a consequence of liberation the castle from military construction and cleaning of the surrounding area. Here you will find Auditorium - Auditorium Casa Madre dell'Associazione Nazionale fra Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra (ANMIG) with 200 seats Concert halls. To the left of the park and piazza Adriana in the...

Palazzo di Giustizia (Law Courts), Rome

Palazzo di Giustizia (Law Courts), Rome The construction of gigantic Palace of Justice strongly desired by G.Zanardelli, minister of Justice and later Prime Minister, by the project of G.Calderini, was conducted through difficulties and scandals from 1889 till 1911 (22 years). Because of its huge weight the palace was in danger of collapse and in 1970 was evacuated. Although it is still under restoration, it has...

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...

Piazza del Popolo, Rome

Egyptian obelisk in the centre of the Piazza del Popolo, Rome Starting from the Middle Ages it was the main entrance to the city from north. Thus, it was the main meeting place of the foreigners, rather than of Romans. Originally it was a large place limited by the walls and different buildings, with the church of S.Maria del Popolo, from which the name "Piazza del Popolo" derives. The place was turned into a square by Sixtus V, who...

Porta del Popolo/ Porta Flaminia/ Piazzale Flaminio, Rome

Porta del Popolo/ Porta Flaminia/ Piazzale Flaminio, Rome It corresponds to an ancient Porta Flaminia in the Aurelian Walls, which in the 10th century was named Porta S.Valentino, and later took the name of the adjoining to it church of S.Maria del Popolo. The outer facade was erected by Nanni di Baccio Bigio in 1562-1565 under Pius IV. The attic has pope's arms and two colossal statues on both sides of Apostles Peter and Paul, by F....

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...

Palazzo Poniatowski at Via della Croce, Rome

Palazzo Poniatowski at Via della Croce, Rome It is a palace #81 at Via della Croce. It was created in 1794 by G.Valadier by connection of different houses at Via dei Fiori with a little 17th century palace at Via della Croce. The new construction was destined to be used for renting of its apartments. The property owner was a rich prince-emigrant from Poland, Stanislaw Poniatowski. The next to Palazzo Poniatowski, at Via...

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...