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Galleria Sciarra, an Art Nouveau stroll

The Roman aristocracy during the papal rule had always preferred to invest in real estate properties rather than in farming or manufacturing. For this reason the families of the papal nobility greatly gained from Rome becoming the capital of Italy. Colonna, Boncompagni Ludovisi, Borghese, Barberini, Pamphilj, Odescalchi, Torlonia all had large possessions in Rome and in the countryside, the...

Forum of Augustus in Rome

The Forum of Augustus was planned as part of a wide reorganisation of the area between the central Forum, the Forum of Caesar and the Basilica Emilia. Its proximity to the Subura (Current Monti Quarter) was conditioned by the capabilities of the existing sewer system found there. The Forum of Augustus originally covered some 8,000 square metres and was...

Trajan Forum and Markets in Rome

The Forum of Trajan, which was inaugurated in 112 AD, completed the big monumental district of the Imperial Forums. The Column of Trajan was completed the following year, together with the renovations to the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar. In order to create the huge complex (300 x 185 m) space was obtained by cutting into...

The Baths of Trajan in Rome

Placed on the top of Oppian Hill (Colle Oppio), these thermal baths were built by Traiano in 109 AD on the project of Apollodoro di Damasco, the most famous architect of that era. It is known that these thermal baths, also used by women, were still in use during the IV and V century.The structure was on a surface...

The Ara Pacis museum in Rome

The Ara Pacis is the first work of architecture built in the historical centre of Rome since the end of Fascism. The museum space was designed by the architectural studio of American architect Richard Meier, the author of some of the most notable museums of the second half of the 20th century. The Ara Pacis represents one of the...

Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome

The Area Sacra (Sacred Area) complex in Largo Argentina is delimited by Via Florida, Via di San Nicola de’ Cesarini, Via di Torre Argentina, and Largo Argentina. Four temples of the republican period discovered during the works performed in the surroundings between 1926 and 1928 are situated in the area. The name of the square comes from the Torre Argentina,...

Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda in Rome

The Pantheon is one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Rome. It is an example of the reutilization from a Christian perspective of a sacred building consecrated to all Gods. It stands in the heart of the ancient Campus Martius and its imposing facade dominates the southern side of Piazza della Rotonda. The original construction, of which only...

The mausoleum di Santa Costanza in Rome

The monumental complex comprises the Basilica of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura and the Mausoleo di Santa Costanza, the mausoleum built around 350 and meant to receive the bodies of Costantia and her sister Helen, daughters of Constantine. Under the basilica and in the area around it, are the galleries of a vast catacomb, discovered by chance in 1865 and...

Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Santa Cecilia, music’s patron saint, became martyr here on 230 d. C.. The church, founded before C. V on the place where a Roman house was located, probably Valeriano’s , husband to Santa Cecilia, was redone in obedience to Pope Pasquale I’s will; out of the old construction one saves the apsidal mosaic. During C. XII a porch and...

Piazza Colonna in Rome

City centre and centre of political life of Rome, the square is surrounded by famous buildings: the Palazzo Chigi (on the right, with the colonnade behind) seat of the Cabinet Office since 1961; on the left is the Palazzo Ferraioli, already Del Bufalo, Aldobrandini and Niccolini. To the right is the small church S. Bartolomeo ai Bergamaschi, aka Santa...

Ponziani palace in Rome

At number 61 of Via dei Vascellari street in Trastevere, is located the Ponziani palace. The Ponziani palace was in the Trastevere section of Rome, and just around the corner was the little church of San Francesco a Ripa. This church had been given in 1212 to St Francis by the Roman lady Giacoma di Settesoli (Brother Jacoba), who...

Santa Maria Maddalena in Campo Marzio – Rome

The origin of the church is earlier than the first half of C.VIII. One says that some Basilian nuns stopped by here on their way from Costantinopoli, while they carried the body of San Gregorio Nazianzeno and many relics of martyrs. The oriental Catholic church has, probably for this reason, an Antiochene ritual and was annexed to a monastery...

Fountain of Moses in Rome

The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, also called the Fountain of Moses, is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinale District of Rome. The fountain of Moses was designed and built in 1587 by Domenico Fontana, Sixtus the Fifth Peretti’s (1585-1590) favorite architect and author of many of the building enterprises undertaken by the “papa tosto” (the strong-minded pope) to renovate the...

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome

The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs at the Diocletian Baths, the last great architectural project from the genius of Michelangelo. It is a monument to history, to faith, to art and to science. The basilica is dedicated to the Christian martyrs, known and unknown. Pius IV entrusted Michelangelo Buonarroti, an artist of great prestige who at...

Lateran Baptistery in Rome

San Giovanni in Fonte (also known as the Lateran Baptistery) is an early Christian baptistery located next to St. John Lateran and the Lateran Palace in Rome. Built by Constantine the Great in 315, the ancient structure is one of the oldest Christian buildings in Rome and the oldest baptistery in all of Christendom. It provided the model for...

Basilica of Saints Cosmas & Damian in Rome

The Basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian is located in the very heart of ancient and modern Rome. It forms part of an imposing archeological complex in the midst of an extensive natural park which recalls so many historical events and memories. The building was originally a Roman structure - it's purpose its not certain, but it belonged to...

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