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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

Ghetto of Rome and the places around the ghetto

This is the old quarter where from 14 July 1555, on the orders of Pope Paul IV, all Rome’s Jews were forced to live. Today, many Jews still live here and it is possible to visit some shops selling typical Roman kosher food. On the Lungotevere is the Synagogue, built in 1904. The façade, with three entrances in the...

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...

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...

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...

CAMPO DE’ FIORI IN ROME

A celebrated and picturesque market by day, Camp dè Fiori quickly turns into a hub for nightlifers in the evening. The piazza, in the morning heaving with people bustling among the fruit and vegetable stands, at night sees its restaurants and bars open for business. For centuries Camp dè Fiori was the stage for public executions. Here in 1600 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...

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...

Bicycle in Rome

The Campagnolo Cycling Race in Rome ROME - 14. October 2012: Bike Show and Expo. International exhibitors presenting their new products. ROME - 14. October 2012 (ecological day, against air pollution): cyclists in road Fori Imperiali during the prohibition of the movement of cars in the city center.

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...

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...

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...

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