Villas and Gardens

Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar)

Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar) This Foro di Cesare (Forum of Caesar) was the first one of the five Imprial Fora, built in 51-41 b.C. by Julius Caesar after the conquering of Gaul, which supplied this construction with the needed financial resources. It was located on a square of circa 160m x 75m. On the short northern side of it was erected a Tempio di Venere Genitrice (Temple of Venus Genetrix), from whom...

Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes)

Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) is an ancient seat of the Roman priorate of the Order of the Knights of Malta/ Rhodes (ancient name: Cavalieri di Rodi). The house was built over a Roman construction at the end of the 12th century, and restored by prior of the Order, cardinal Marco Barbo in 1467-70. It has a well-preserved colonnaded atrium, dating...

Villa Albani

Villa Albani There was not a place which could satisfy more the needs, inclinations and wishes of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. Anzio would have provided him with prestige, wealth and fame, since he found there the right humus to feed his profound passion: the archaeology. A fertile land was waiting for anyone able to raise the blanket of centuries and discover those incomparable treasures...

Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy

Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy This villa was bought by the Borghese family for the young sister of Napoleon, Pauline Bonaparte, who entered the family and held here a splendid court in 1816-1824. Originally the villa belonged to the Cicciaporci family and was documented since the 16th century. In the middle of the 18th century it was purchased by cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga who had a house built in the...

Villa Sforza at Via dei Quattro Cantoni

Villa Sforza at Via dei Quattro Cantoni This is an example of the constructions (villas, summer houses, etc.) erected step by step in the vineyards of the zone. This villa was built in the first half of the 16th century for the Sforza family. Then it belonged to the sisters-Philippines who used its territory for the convent. Finally the ex-villa was appropriated by the Italian state and a recruiting center (which...

Lighthouse of Gianicolo (or Janiculum)

Lighthouse of Gianicolo (or Janiculum) This lighthouse is usually called "Faro al Gianicolo/ Lighthouse of Gianicolo (or Janiculum)"; it was granted to Rome in 1911 by the Italians from Argentina and it is a work of Manfredo Manfredi. So it is also called Faro degli Italiani d'Argentina (Lighthouse of Italians of Argentina). This is the flagship of Rome, on the Janiculum hill, Lighthouse of Gianicolo (or Janiculum...

Walking Along Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill - A Breathtaking View

Walking Along Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill - A Breathtaking View The Janiculum is not counted as one of the Seven Hills of Rome and was nicknamed the "8th hill". The name of Janiculum Hill (Monte Gianicolo) is derived from the name of the king of Latium, Janus, who, according to legend, founded a city on the hill. Numa Pompilius, the Sabine successor of Romulus, was buried on the Janiculum, and Ancus Marcius, the 4th king of Rome, is said...

Villa Lante on Gianicolo/ Janiculum (Villa Lante al Gianicolo)

Villa Lante on Gianicolo/ Janiculum (Villa Lante al Gianicolo) It is located in the most panoramic place of the Gianicolo (or Janiculum). This villa was built for the maecenas humanist from Tuscany Baldassarre Turino, the friend of Raphael, who wanted to create a residence for the meetings of the poets, writers, scholars and musicians. Villa Lante was used by its owner for literary meetings and parties, but on his death it was sold to...

Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art

Anton Van Dyck at Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art The palace was built in 15th century by cardinal Girolamo Riario. After it was enlarged by Julius II, the palace came in the phase of its prosperity , as here made the residences in 1668-1689, the queen Christina of Sweden, who transformed the palace in the center of Roman cultural life. The Palazzo Corsini, formerly known as Palazzo Riario, is a 15th century palace that was...

Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo)

 E.Gallori at Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (or Janiculum), Rome The square on the top of Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill and the avenue (passeggiata) going throughout all the Hill were realized in 1885-1887 on the territory of the ex Parco Corsini. Passeggiata del Gianicolo avenue was opened in 1880-84 on the top of the hill from Acqua Paola to S. Onofrio. In the redesign of the area Villa Lanti lost its gardens, but the casino is still...

Villa Aurelia - American Academy in Rome

entrance to the Villa Aurelia, rome The villa was built for the cardinal Gerolamo Farnese in 17th century (pictured above: entrance to the villa) atop the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) hill, along the Aurelian walls close to Porta San Pancrazio. The property had belonged to Pope Paolo III as part of the Farnese family vineyards. From Farnese it came into possession of Borbone of Naples, then to Giraud in 1775, in...

Villa Ruspoli Giraud

Villa Ruspoli Giraud Probably the first owners of this villa were Vaini, when it appeared on the city maps and views from the middle of the 18th century. Then it belonged to Giraud, Ruspoli and after the WWII to the Embassy of Spain. The present look was given to villa in 1925. From here open one of the fines views on Rome from the Gianicolo (or Janiculum). Nowadays the Spanish ambassador lives...

Piceni Hospice (Ospizio dei Piceni) - San Salvatore in Lauro

palazzo dei Piceni, Salvatore in Lauro The hospice of Piceni is a complex of buildings, cloisters and courtyards, and is annexed to the church of S.Salvatore in Lauro. This is one of the most important "national" hospices in Rome, because of a great number of people from region Marche, who visited Rome or came here for living. It is presumed that a notable part of the immigration in Rome after pestilence and sack...

Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina)

Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina) The Farnesina Villa (Villa della Farnesina) called the Farnesina is situated on Via della Lungara, opposite the Corsini Palace. This graceful Renaissance Villa was built by B.Peruzzi in 1508-1520, as the suburban residence of rich banker Agostino Chigi, patron of Raphael. Here he entertained pope Leo X, cardinals, ambassadors, princes, artists and men of letters. At a...

Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See

Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See In the very beginning of via Giacomo Medici stands an ancient Villa Nobili, later named Spada, built in 1639 by F.M.Baratta for Vincenzo Nobili. In 1849 it was a seat of the Garibaldi's headquarter after Villa Savorelli was destroyed; Villa Spada was also seriously damaged by French shelling, but was completely restored according to the original designs. Today it is a...