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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...

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...

San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

The Church of St. Louis of the French, founded by Cardinal Giulio dei Medici (then Clemente VII) in 1518, and completed in1589 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana, it is famous for the three paintings by Caravaggio dedicated to San Matteo and for the frescoes by Domenichino. The vaste façade from the late-Renaissance, probably attributed to Giacomo della Porta,...

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...

The Fountain of Acqua Paola in Rome

Designed and built to mark the terminus of the Trajan Aqueduct, between 1610 and 1614, by architects Giovanni Fontana (1540-1614) and Flaminio Ponzio (1560-1613) and Ippolito Buzio (1562-1634), sculptor, the fountain was commonly known as the Janiculum Fountain because it dominates the large terrace there that overlooks the city.  It was commissioned by Pope Paul V of the Borghese family and it is their emblems – dragons...

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,...

Tiber island in Rome, the legend

Legend has it that the Tiber island was created in a peculiar way: after driving out king Tarquinius Superbus and as a mark of their hatred towards the tyrant, the Roman populace cast all his crops into the Tiber and the mud that accumulated on them formed the island itself. In actual fact, a tufa bank, like the one...

Monti Neighbourhood in Rome

Set between two main thoroughfares, Via Cavour and Via Nazionale, Monti is in part composed of Suburra, the ancient “Sub Urbe” quarter – i.e., under the city – the nether parts of which give out onto the boulevard passing the Colosseum. The neighborhood's uneven roads are paved with cobblestones (sanpietrini in Italian); at night, a stroll over them is...

Some photos of Trastevere

Trastevere name comes from the Latin trans Tiberim, meaning literally "beyond the Tiber". Trastevere maintains its character thanks to its narrow cobbled streets lined by medieval houses. The neighborhood has traditionally attracted artists, so it's possible to find unique gifts in its boutiques and studios. The center of public life in the neigbhorhood is the Piazza di Santa Maria in...

Villa Torlonia in Rome

Villa Torlonia is a villa and surrounding gardens in Rome, Italy, formerly belonging to the Torlonia family. Bought in 1797 by Giovanni Torlonia and subsequently transformed into a monumental complex (restoration being entrusted to the architect Valadier), it came into the news and into history as “Mussolini’s house”. Inside the Villa, you can admire the lemon-house and the Liberty architecture...

Caffè Greco in Rome

Some of the most charming, antique cafes here include Antico Caffè Greco, located in elegant Via dei Condotti, and considered to be Italy’s oldest after Caffè Florian in Venice. Founded in 1760, Caffè Greco owes its name to its Greek founder, Nicola della Maddalena. A stomping-ground for both foreign and Italian artists and intellectuals since the 19th Century, and a...

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 Roman Forum, some pictures

The Forum Romanum is situated in the valley between the Palatine Hill and the Capitol and consists of an almost trapezoid-shaped square that stands between the Regia and the Rostra on the short sides and the Basilica Aemilia and the Basilica Julia on the long ones. An extension of the northern part is represented by the Comitium. The squarewas conceived...

Sant’Agnese church in Piazza Navona

Sant'Agnese in Agone is a 17th-century Baroque church in the Piazza Navona in Rome. The church was built on the place where, according to tradition, Sant'Agnese was exposed naked to the pillory and was covered with her hair miraculously untied. The name of this church is unrelated to the ‘agony’ of the martyr: in agone was the ancient name...

Bar del Fico in Rome

"Named after the ancient fig tree outside, this hipster hangout near the beautiful Santa Maria della Pace church is very popular with chess players of all ages, together with those filling their boots at the free pizza Aperitivo, which is accompanied by DJs. Decorated like an old Parisian cafe and split over two rooms, with the chess tables outside, the atmosphere...

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