Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Palazzo Patrizi, Rome

Palazzo Patrizi, Rome After being welcomed by the marquis in person, one can visit the rooms of beautiful Palazzo Patrizi which is an ideal point of departure for a visit to the Pantheon, Palazzo Madama and Piazza Navona. It stands right in front of the Chiesa di S.Luigi dei Francesi. It is attributed to C.Maderno and a property of marquises Patrizi. At present the palace is a diplomatic seat....

Palazzo Giustiniani (Palazzo Madama, Italian Parliament/Senato Della Repubblica), Rome

Palazzo Giustiniani (Palazzo Madama, Italian Parliament), Rome It was built on the area of the Baths of Alexander in the end of the 16th century by G.Fontana for the Giustiniani family. Construction was finished by Borromini (the main doorway). The palace housed a rich collection of ancient columns and marbles, which nearly disappeared now. It was here that the Constitution of the Republic of Italy was signed in 1947, and at present...

Pantheon at Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

Pantheon at Piazza della Rotonda, Rome It is the most impressive and best preserved monument of ancient Rome. It survived in course of centuries thanks to transformation from a pagan temple to the Christian church (the first case in the history). The Pantheon is without any doubt one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Rome. It is a wonderful example of the reutilization from a Christian perspective of a...

Palazzo Maccarani (Palazzo Cenci Maccarani di Brazzà), Rome

Palazzo Maccarani (Palazzo Cenci Maccarani di Brazzà), Rome Palazzo Maccarani/Palazzo Maccarani Odescalchi (Palazzo Cenci Maccarani di Brazzà) was built in 1535 by G.Romano for Cristoforo Cenci, on the site of some houses that previously belonged to another noble family. In the epoch of Cenci's criminal trial, the palace was confiscated by pope and in the 18th century passed to the Maccarani. In the beginning of the 20th century the...

Palazzo Lante (Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere), Rome

Palazzo Lante (Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere), Rome Palazzo Lante (Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere) is located at Piazza dei Caprettari between piazza Navona and the Pantheon and this 16th-century building is considered to be one of the most beautiful palaces of Renaissance Rome. Palazzo Lante was built by Sansovino for the Medici family before 1520. In 1533 it passed to the Lante. An elegant courtyard is bordered by...

Piazza di Santa Chiara - Palazzo Santa Chiara (Teatro dei Comici/ Comedy Theatre), Rome

Piazza di Santa Chiara, Rome The square is noted for some constructions forming it apart from the church of S.Chiara: 1. A palace divided between Ente Comunale di Assistenza (ex Charity Congregation) and a little theatre "Checco Durante", built by the project of architect V.Vespignani in 1874 under the name Teatro Rossini. Until 1870 the building belonged to the Confraternity of Annunziata, which...

Piazza della Minerva - Obelisco Minerveo (Obelisk Minerva), Rome

Piazza della Minerva - Obelisco Minerveo (Obelisk Minerva), Rome It took the name from the church located here S.Maria sopra Minerva. In the middle is a funny monument compound of a little marble elephant supporting 6m high Egyptian obelisk (pictured above) which belonged to the Temple of Isis, that formerly stood nearby. It was designed by G.L.Bernini and executed by E.Ferrata in 1667. The little Obelisco Minerveo (Obelisk Minerva) of red...

Collegio Romano - Astronomical & Meteorological Observatory at Palazzo del Collegio Romano, Rome

piazza del collegio romano, rome It is located in the palace adjoining the Chiesa di S.Ignazio. The meteorological center was founded in the 18th century by Jesuits and was developed starting from 1849, when Jesuit Angelo Secchi became its director. The traditional astronomic activity of Jesuits moved to Vatican after 1870 and now continues its work in Pope's Villa at Castel Gandolfo (to the south-east of...

Palazzo Serlupi Crescenzi, Rome

Palazzo Serlupi Crescenzi, Rome Palazzo Serlupi Crescenzi or Palazzo Crescenzi is considered to be a masterpiece of minor civic architecture of G.Della Porta. It was built for Ottaviano Crescenzi in 1585 in modest and imposing style with a harmonious courtyard with two leveled arches. The entrance is from Via del Seminario. Art historian W. Arslen suggests that this palace is "the most noble example of...

Palazzo Gabrielli-Borromeo, Rome

Palazzo Gabrielli-Borromeo, Rome It was built in 1560 by St Charles Borromeo as a Roman Semenary. In 1773 when the Jesuit Order was suppressed the palace passed to Collegio Romano. After 1870 the Semenary was transferred to its present seat at St John Lateran. The Palazzo Gabrielli-Borromeo is a palazzo in Rome, in via del Seminario between piazza di Sant'Ignazio and the Pantheon in the ancient Campo Marzio...

Palazzo de Carolis Simonetti del Banco di Roma (Bank of Rome), Rome

Palazzo de Carolis Simonetti del Banco di Roma (Bank of Rome), Rome It was built in 1714-1724 by A.Specchi and belonged to the De Carolis, Compagnia di Gesu', the Simonetti, the Boncompagni, and in 1908 passed to the Bank of Rome. The latter adapted the palace for its needs by P.Piacentini, who transformed the courtyard in the hall for public and the stalls into the offices. The construction was enlarged on Via Lata on the site of previous...

Piazza San Silvestro, Rome

The square is located on the territory of ancient Temple of the Sun built in 273 A.D. by Aurelian, the ruins of which were visible until in the 16th century. At present it is a bus terminus and quite animated by traffic place. The square itself was formed in the 30's of the 20th century as a consequence of destruction of a line of buildings, which separated it into two squares...

Palazzo della Rinascente (La Rinascente), Rome

Palazzo della Rinascente (La Rinascente), Rome It was the first modern commercial construction introduced in Rome. The palace of fashionable market of clothes was promoted by brothers Ferdinando and Luigi Bocconi, owners of the Great Stores in Milan, who wanted to follow the example of similar initiatives already existing in other Europian capitals such as London and Paris. The Palazzo della Rinascente, formerly palazzo...

Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town), Rome

Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town), Rome It was one of the palaces built in Via del Corso in course of enlarging of this street after 1870 due to a increase of traffic. Palazzo Marignoli was built on the site of Chiesa di S.Lucia della Colonna, a Caffe Nazionale, and an old Augustinian Convent (a monastery of women have turned back, popularly named "of Converted"), founded by St Ignatius Loyola for women-sinners, who...

Palazzo Colonna/ Galleria di Piazza Colonna (o Alberto Sordi), Rome

Palazzo Colonna/ Galleria di Piazza Colonna (o Alberto Sordi), Rome It was built in 1914-1920 by the project of Dario Carbone on the site of Palazzo Piombino, demolished in 1889 for the needs of enlarging of Via del Corso. Palazzo Piombino was erected at Piazza Colonna in 1594 by G.Della Porta for Cosimo Giustini, who placed here the family collection of sculptures. This gallery was depicted by Pomarancio. Later the palace passed to other...