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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...

Chiesa/Church dell'Annunziatina (S. Maria Annunziata in Borgo), Rome

From the back of the modern palace built on the place of the old papal military hospital of S.Carlo, in 1950 was reconstructed Chiesa dell'Annunziatina, the church previously destroyed during the work of the zone arrangement. The facade is by P.Passalacqua (18th century). Inside: "Madonna" by A.Romano and lunette with "Apparizione di S.Michele Arcangelo al papa Gregorio Magno...

Via della Conciliazione, Borgo, Rome

Via della Conciliazione, Borgo, Rome This street is a realization of ancient projects about opening the perspective from Tiber to St Peter's, represented continuously for many centuries. It was begun in 1936 and finished in 1950. This construction caused destruction of many interesting examples of architecture. Two rows of obelisks with lamps on the top create a visual effect covering the irregularity of side...

Borgo Santo Spirito, Borgo, Rome

Borgo Santo Spirito, Borgo, Rome Borgo derives from a word of Germanic origin "burg", which means "little inhabited center". This term was given to a block of buildings and streets around St Peter's, grown up here in 6th century and enlarged starting from the 8th century by colonies of foreigners, houses and hospices for pilgrims of any nationality, monasteries and other religious organizations. So all this...

Corridore (Corridori) di Borghi, Rome

Corridore (Corridori) di Borghi, Rome The Corridore (Corridori) is formed by Mura Leonine (pictured) built by Leo IV in 848-852 to defend St Peter's. When popes returned from Avignon they were using it as a passage between their residence in the Vatican and Castel S.Angelo. Alexander VI modified it and Urban VIII cleaned the corridor from the old little houses standing here and there. In 1527 Clement VII used it...

Borghi Pio e Vittorio (Trianon Borgo Pio Residence), Rome

Borghi Pio e Vittorio (Trianon Borgo Pio Residence), Rome While the Borghi like S.Spirito, Vecchio, Nuovo, Sant'Angelo were created spontaneously according to the historical development as a natural approach to St Peter's, Borgo Pio and Borgo Vittorio are the products of Renaissance town-planning. Borgo Pio takes its name from Pius IV (Pio) who begun its construction in 1561 and was completed by Gregory XIII with the special taxes...

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...

Via Cola di Rienzo, Rome

Museo Storico dell'Arma dei Carabinieri, Rome Dedicated to the tribune of 4th century, the street Via Cola di Rienzo was designed as the principal road of the Prati District and as a connection between piazza del Popolo and the Vatican zone. On the angle between Via Cola di Rienzo and Via Crescenzio there is Museo Storico dell'Arma dei Carabinieri (pictured above), opened in 1925, which contains the documents and works of...

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...

Ponte (Bridge) Sant'Angelo, Rome

Ponte (Bridge) Sant'Angelo, Rome It is the most important and beautiful bridge of Rome. It was built at the same time as the Mausoleum of Hadrian (in 134) and was named Ponte Elio, but when the mausoleum became a castle and took the name of Sant'Angelo, the bridge took the same name. The main function of the bridge was giving the passage for pilgrims on their way to St Peter's. In the Holy year of 1450 being...

Ponte (Bridge) Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome

Ponte (Bridge) Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome The bridge was unveiled in 1911 in the year of 50th anniversary of the national unity and dedicated to the first king of Italy. It is a natural extension of the street corso Vittorio and is an alternative to the ancient Ponte Sant'Angelo. The project belongs to the architect De Rossi and represents the perfect example of the architecture of those times, having four heavy...

Ponte (Bridge) Umberto, Rome

The bridge was built in 1892-95 by Vescovali and has a function of giving access to the Palace of Justice. It is dedicated to the second king of Italy Umberto I. It was itially called Ponte dell'Orso (Bridge of the Bear) because it was situated near the ancient "Albergo dell'Orso" (Hotel of the Bear), where Dante Alighieri seems to have lodged on his pilgrimage to Rome on...

Ponte (Bridge) Cavour, Rome

The new important bridge was built in 1898-1901 in substitution of the temporary iron one which was constructed by the promoters of the new city district Prati, so to connect it with the old parts of the city. For the same reason on the "new" side of the Tiber were created the things, that would attract the citizens. Among them was wooden Theatre Alhambra opened in 1871, and...

Chiese (Church) Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio, Rome

Chiese (Church) Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio, Rome Giuseppe Gualandi made a project of this church in 1913-14 and put it in the realization in 1917. The construction has evident traces of the inspiration by the Cathedral of Milan with lots of gothic elements. In the building belonging to the church there is a "Museum of liberated souls", which contains proofs of the existence of the "beyond world", collected from all over the...