Villas and Gardens

Villa Paganini, Rome

Villa Paganini, Rome This villa is a part of a property acquired by cardinal Giulio Alberoni, minister of Philip V of Spain, during his Roman sojourn in 1721. At present it is a public garden. Address: Villa Paganini (Largo di Villa Paganini) 00198, Rome, Lazio, Italy Transit: Policlinico (861 m S), Metro B Shown By "Map B Zone" As "1" Nearby Bed & Breakfast: Ristorante Villa Paganini Di...

Villa Borghese, Rome

Villa Borghese, Rome This villa occupies the territory of 78 hectares and its circumference is 6km. It was created by cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of pope Paul V. The architects were F.Ponzio and G.Vasanzio. Notable enlargement and rearrangement of the villa took place in the late 18th-early 19th centuries. Prince Marcantonio IV Borghese employed Jacob Moore from Edinburgh to design the...

Galoppatoio di Villa Borghese, Rome

This zone is a part of villa adjoined in 1830. In 1911 here a riding-track was arranged, which was also used for different manifestations and expositions. In the beginning of the 70's of the 20th century beneath Galoppatoio an underground garage was built, which is connected with the metro station. To the surface was returned its green carpet of grass. Address: Galoppatoio...

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome It was built on the site of ancient Villa di Lucullo, property of Empress Messalina, a wife of Emperor Claudius. In the 5th century it became property of the Acili and of the Anici families. It was reconstructed by A.Lippi for the cardinal Ricci di Montepulciano in 1564. Later it passed to the Medici family and later still to the Great dukes of Tuscany. The villa was modified...

Villa Ludovisi, Rome

villa ludovisi fountain, Rome The Villa Ludovisi was a suburban villa in Rome, built in the 17th century on the area once occupied by the Gardens of Sallust (Horti Sallustiani) near the Porta Salaria. On an assemblage of vineyards purchased from Giovanni Antonio Orsini, Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte and others, Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi erected in the 1620s the main villa building to designs by...

Villa and Garden/ Giardini Carlo Alberto

statue of King Carlo Alberto, rome The origins of this monument are quite curious. During the stay of William II (Kaiser Wilhelm) in the Palazzo Quirinale in 1889, it was decided to provide a vast view from his apartment. With this goal two churches were destroyed: Chiesa di S.Maria Maddalena and Chiesa di S.Chiara, together with their convents. These constructions were created in the end of the 16th century,...

Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace

Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace Another Quirinal Palace (palazzo del Quirinale) jewel is the Garden, which is considered a kind of “island” that overlooks Rome from a privileged vantage point. The layout has changed many times over the course of the centuries, depending on the period taste or that of the “illustrious tenants” of the palazzo. The interior of the Palazzo del Quirinale is adorned by some...

Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicini (Rospigliosi Pallavicini Palace and Garden)

Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicini (Rospigliosi Pallavicini Palace and Garden) This palace stands in the center of the zone, which previously was occupied by the Baths of Constantine, and where until the 17th century the ancient ruins could be seen. Scipione Borghese wanted to build a palace-villa beside a new papal residence in Palazzo Quirinale, and ordered to clean the area from any construction located on it. The palace and a vast garden on the slope...

Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill

Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill Villa Aldobrandini on the Quirinal hill occupies the territory of the ancient Baths of Constantine. The villa was built in 1575 with the name Orti dei Vitelli and a little building by Carlo Lombardi. Later it passed to the Camera Apostolica and in 1600 Clement VIII Aldobrandini presented it to his nephew cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. The latter had the building restored and...

Palazzo Colonna, Villa Colonna & Galleria (Gallery) Colonna

Main Courtyard of Palazzo Colonna (Colonna Palace) Villa Colonna is not big villa was placed on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill, on the rests of the Temple of Serapide built in 1730 by architect Nicola Michetti. Its remains were used by the Colonna for their medieval fortifications. The Palazzo Colonna & villa and its constructions were seriously reduced in the 16th-17th centuries by popes, who wouldn't like such a...

Palazzo Salviati

Palazzo Salviati Takes its name after a noble Florentine family which in 1554-64 made it built. The architect was Nanni de Baccio Bogio. Here was a residence of numerous cardinals and prelates till the end of 18th century. In the 19th century it was the seat of the Pontific government archives; later it hosted the Military Court and Military College of Rome. Now it is a seat of various...

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...

Circo Flaminio/ Circus of Flaminius (Cortile del Tempio di Apollo in Circo)

An archaeological site very important for ancient Rome that comprises the area between the temple of Apollo and the temple of Bellona. In the court and in the portico of the building are now displayed stones that, in ancient times, occupied, together with the theatre of Marcello, the southern part of the so called "Circo Flaminio". The area between Piazza Cairoli, Teatro di...

Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums)

Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums) Construction of Imperial Fora continued for a period of a century and a half, beginning from Julius Caesar and finishing with Traian. With the birth of Roman Empire the old Roman Forum revealed to be too little and not appropriate for the ever-increasing population of Rome and its new role as the capital of nearly all the know world of the epoch. The treasures brought here...