Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Terme di Agrippa (Baths of Agrippa)/ Arco della Ciambella

Terme di Agrippa (Baths of Agrippa)/ Arco della Ciambella On the territory between Largo Argentina and Via di S.Chiara in 25-19 b.C. Agrippa erected the first public baths in Rome. They were supplied with the just built aqueduct of Acqua Vergine. The construction was 120m long and 80m wide, and a piece of its ruins is still visible in Via dell'Arco della Ciambella. Beside the baths was a little lake or swimming-pool named Stagno di...

Area Sacra (Sacred Holy Area) In Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome

Area Sacra (Sacred Holy Area) In Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome This archeological area was discovered in 1926-1930 during the works for construction of a new building. The name Torre Argenitna (Tower Argentina) derives from a nearby house of a 16th century bishop Hans Burckhardt from Strasburg (in Latin Argentorum), who called his residence Torre Argentina. The Area Sacra (Sacred Area) complex in Largo Argentina is delimited by Via...

Piazza Cairoli (old Piazza Branca) and Fountain (Fontana di Piazza Cairoli)

In a square where the boundaries of three districts meet, namely Regola, Sant'Eustachio and Sant'Angelo, next to the church of San Carlo ai Catinari, known for its ornate dome, is a a small public garden. The square and some of the surrounding streets were refurbished soon after the fall of the Papal State, and wider streets were opened through the old neighborhoods. The...

Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano)

Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano) It occupies entire side of Piazza dei Catinari and of Piazza Cairoli. The palace was built in the period from the end of the 16th century - to the middle of the 17th century with the participation of C.Maderno and Francesco Paparelli (facade). This 15th century palace is in Via dei Falegnami, and served as the oldest residence of the powerful Santacroce Publicola family. Close...

Palazzo Guglielmi

Palazzo Guglielmi This imposing palace was built in the early 19th century, on the site of destroyed Chiesetta dei SS.Sebastiano e Valentino, which probably grew on the house of St Valentine. The church was also named "dei mercanti" because it was a seat of Confraternity of the merchants. The Palazzo Guglielmi was for a certain period of time a residence of the members of royal Savoy family....

Palazzo Mattei (Palazzo Mattei di Giove & Palazzo Mattei Paganica)

Palazzo Mattei, rome, italy The Mattei family occupied the zone between Via dei Funari, Piazza delle Tartarughe, Via Paganica, Via delle Botteghe Oscure, and Via Gaetani in the middle of the 15th century. Here they built a series of palaces under the names of their feuds. The first palace was in Piazza delle Tartarughe built in the middle of the 16th century and attributed to Nanni di B.B. It has a...

Palazzo Caetani

Palazzo Caetani It was built by order of Alessandro Mattei in 1564 probably by A.Lippi. It has two courtyards, the first of which has a triple row of arches, and the second has a fountain and ancient marbles. Later it passed to the Negroni, and in 1776 to the Caetani. The most celebrated member of this family was Michelangelo Caetani (who's name was given to adjoining street Via di...

Palazzo Ginnasi

This palace substituted another one, which was destroyed in 1935 for the enlargement of Via delle Botteghe Oscure. It was erected in the end of the 16th century by O.Mascherino for the Ginnasi family. The Baroque funerary monuments of the family which were in S. Lucia have been relocated in a modern chapel inside the new building. The coat of arms once stood on the façade of...

Former Italian Communist Party Headquarter and Temple on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure

on the Via delle Botteghe Oscure, rome, italy The name of this street derives from existence here in the Middle Ages of obscure ravines where the rope makers and other artisans should have worked. Under this street and its palaces were found the remains of Theatre of L.Cornelius Balbus, built in 13 b.C.. Via delle Botteghe Oscure was enlarged in 1936 by means of destruction of the buildings mostly on its left side. The...

Palazzo Cavalletti

It is at Piazza Campitelli #1. It was built in the 16th century and reconstructed in the late 17th century. The palace is attributed to G.Della Porta. Here the last senator of Rome, Francesco Cavalletti Rondanini, lived. Address: Palazzo Cavalletti Piazza Campitelli 1 00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro) Palazzo...

Palazzo Albertoni Altieri Spinola

Palazzo Albertoni Altieri Spinola It was built on the houses of the Albertoni, succeeded by Spinola, who still have a part of it as their property. The palace is at Piazza Campitelli #2. It was begun by G.Della Porta and completed by G.Rainaldi in the early 17th century on expenses of Baldassare Paluzzi Albertoni. In 1616 he also ordered to build an arch connecting this palace with the other houses of his...

Palazzo Capizucchi

Palazzo Capizucchi It is at Piazza Campitelli #3 and at present bears the name Palazzo Gasparri. It was built in 1585 on the houses of the Capizucchi, who lived here from the middle of the 15th century. The palace is by G.Della Porta. Giacomo Della Porta designed the two palaces opposite the church known today as Palazzo Palazzo Capizzuchi (1580) and Palazzo Albertoni Spinola (1600). In the...

Palazzo di Flaminio Ponzio

Palazzo di Flaminio Ponzio It is on the angle between Piazza Campitelli and Via Montanara, and at present houses the offices of Commune of Rome. It is a copy of the Palace of F.Ponzio, built in 1600 in Via Alessandrina near the Imperial Fora, and destroyed in 1933. Beneath the new palace are the ruins of ancient Roman constructions. Address: Palazzo di Flaminio Ponzio Piazza Campitelli 6 00186, Rome,...

Palazzo Caetani Lovatelli

Palazzo Caetani Lovatelli Palazzo Caetani Lovatelli (formerly Paluzzi Serlupi) is on the angle between Piazza Campitelli and Via della Tribuna Campitelli. It was erected in 1580-1620 by the Serlupi in the modest style, on the old houses of this family and on the area of the primitive Chiesa di S.Maria in Campitelli, and is attributed to G.Della Porta. The palace is more interesting inside than outside...

Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti

Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti (Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti al Gesù), a sixteenth-century edifice located in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River. From June 15, 1802, King Charles Emanuel IV of Sardinia (later King Charles IV) used this palace as his Roman residence. He remained here until 1815 when he moved to the Jesuit novitiate at Sant' Andrea al Quirinale. This...