What to see in Rome
Events, places and public means to take from our Bed and Breakfast,
A home for holiday and A room for holiday,
near the stop “Piazza San Giovanni” (St. John’s Square) of many buses and
- near the historic centre of Rome, World Heritage, that you can reach by public means in a quarter of hour or on foot along a wonderful "promenade"
Edited by B&B A home for holiday and A room for holiday in Rome
on 27 June 2014
(focus, on our Italian Site's home page)
OUR SUGGESTIONS for a quality Tourism
and a brief summary in English language here following
ART and HISTORY (Exhibitions and Museums)
Number 1. Basilica di San Giovanni, Saint John's Basilica, near the B and B, on foot
San Giovanni in Laterano is the oldest church in the world. It was founded by Pope Melchiade at the start of the 4th Century on the ruins of the villa of the Roman family, the Laterani. The church's current appearance was created by Borromini for the 1650 Jubilee. Although he kept intact the 16th-century ceiling and floor, the architect altered the appearance by joining pairs of columns in the central nave to make a single pillar inside. In this he built colored marble niches and placed statues of the apostles. In 1735, Alessandro Galilei renewed the façade entirely in travertine stone and crowned it with 15 statues. Subsequently, at the end of the 19th Century the apse was also rebuilt.
Number 2) Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. in historical centre, near Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and near our B&B, by two Underground stops (A Line, stop Vittorio) or three by bus (360)
- the larger Basilica in name of Santa Maria, in Rome;
- in memory of an event of the past, happened here;
- the church with a Cappella projected by Michelangelo, as an architect, in the Renaissance; and
- the place where there is the most antique "presepe" in the world, opera of sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio
Santa Maria Maggiore harmonizes a great variety of architectural styles: the naves date from the 15th Century, the bell-tower is medieval, the ceiling is from the Renaissance and the domes are Baroque. Here, one might say, the entire history of ecclesiastical architecture is united under one roof. The Capella Sforza is by Michelangelo. The finest fresco painters of the age took turns decorating the walls of this imposing edifice, and it is said that the magnificent ceiling was gilded with the first gold brought back from America by Christopher Columbus. Over the years certain details of the basilica have been destroyed, notably the mosaics that used to decorate the apse, which dates from 1200. The bell-tower was rebuilt in the 14th Century, to the original design, after being destroyed in an earthquake. Popes Sixtus V and Paul V are buried here.
Number 3. Basilica of Saint Paul out of the Walls , the 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome, with Basilica of Saint Peter, see ahead
By underground: A line, stop Termini + B line, stop San Paolo
This church, all but the apse totally destroyed by fire, has been reconstructed to look exactly as it did in the 4th Century. The Roman artist Pietro Cavallini helped with the 13th Century restoration of some frescoes and the mosaic decorating the façade, which unfortunately have not survived. The library and gallery annexed to the basilica complex are well worth visiting. The library holds an extremely rich collection of original manuscripts, including the Bible that belonged to Charles the Bald, a magnificent original illuminated manuscript from the 9th Century. The gallery has precious 15th-century panels and two frescoes transferred onto canvas by Giovanni Lanfranco. This church is also one of the jubilee basilicas.
Number 4. Saint Peter's Basilica,
A line Underground, stop San Pietro; or by bus: 81, last stop Risorgimento
- with Final Project of the Church (after Bramante, Raffaello and Sangallo) and Cupola by Michelangelo,
- with Colonnato by Bernini and
- with "La Pietà", with Virgin Mary holding Christ dead in her arms, one of best sculptures by Michelangelo
- Papal on Sundays and on holidays and Papal Audiences on wednesday (calendar)
Free Entrance on last Sunday of the month
- (not on June 29, not on July 27)
December 28 dicembre
- People come by the millions each year to receive the Pope's blessing, traditionally given on Sundays at noon. St Peter's has undergone many transformations since the original Constantine basilica of 320 CE. The top of its majestic dome (designed by Michelangelo), provides the best vantage point from which to marvel at Bernini's magnificent colonnade surrounding the square, the gilded bronze canopy above the altar and Michelangelo's Pietà (1499). Bramante, Pietro da Cortona and Canova are just a handful of the many other artists who worked together on this monumental basilica's decoration and design.
SAN PIETRO, Città del Vaticano (St. Peter, Vatican City). Closed on Sunday( except the last one of the month, with free entry)Musei Vaticani's unique art collection is exhibited in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. The magnificent Raphael Rooms are among the masterpieces of the collection, where each room is decorated with frescoes by great artists. The best known is The School of Athens, in which contemporary artists appear as classical characters (Leonardo da Vinci, for example, appears as Plato). The Sistine Chapel is the museum's finest treasure, and features Michelangelo's famous Last Judgement. He was one of many artists including Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Pinturicchio who contributed to the chapel.
- Monday To Saturday From 09:00 AM To 06:00 PM
the Properties of the Holy See enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura;
as well as the historic centre of Rome (see ahead, points from 13 up to 23 and from 25 up to 31)
Masterpieces since 2000 before Christ onwards, collected and exposed since 1503 (when Lacooonte’s Statue was found) as Pope Giulio II wanted this place to be one of the most important site of Art and History in Italy, near St. Peter's Basilica, that has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people, "holding a unique position in the Christian world"
WHERE: Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums), San Pietro (Saint Peter), Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop Cipro – Musei Vaticani.
The visit in the Vatican Museums consists of Raffaello’s Rooms, some important Galleries, full of rilevant objects, and the Sistina Chapel and Last Judgement, both painted by Michelangelo. The Judgement is surrounded by masterpieces of Renaissance painters, like Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio.
Do not forget the magnificent Gardens.
and night entrance until October 25th 2013, on every Friday night
By the way, some suggestions:
Number 6. “Michelangelo’s route”, or other works in Rome by Michelangelo Buonarroti, :
- beside in Vatican Museums
- as as architect, Piazza del Campidoglio (see ahead Musei Capitolini)
- as a sculptor,
- besides "La Pietà", inside the Basilica of San Pietro (see above, point 4)
- "Cristo" in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, near Pantheon
- "Mosè" in San Pietro in Vincoli, near Colosseum
Number 7. “Raffaello’s route, or other works in Rome, by painter Raphael:
- in Vatican, "Le Stanze"
- Paintings in Galleria Borghese (see ahead, point 10)
- “Le Sibille”, fresco paintings in Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace , near Piazza Navona
- Fresco painting “Prophet Isaia” in Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, near Piazza Navona
- Villa Farnesina, Lungotevere
Number 8. Bramante’s route, or other works in Rome, by architect Bramante
- “Chiostro del Bramante” (see ahead, point 26), Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace (see ahead, point 22), near Piazza Navona
- “Tempietto del Bramante”, Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio, in Trastevere
- “Sale del Bramante”, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, near Piazza del Popolo
Number 9. “Caravaggio’s route”, or other works by painter Merisi from Caravaggio
- “Deposizione” (”Deposition of Christ”) in Vatican Museums;
- other paintings in Churches in : San Luigi de’Francesi, near Piazza Navona
- Sant’Agostino, near Piazza Navona
- Santa Maria del Popolo, Piazza del Popolo
- in the historic centre, long a route on foot;
- other paintings in Art Galleries in Rome:
- Galleria Corsini and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (Palazzo Barberini)
- Museums: Musei Capitolini: “St John Baptist”), Piazza del campidoglio
- Galleries: Corsini Gallery: “St. John Baptist”,
- Borghese Gallery: (see ahead), in Villa Borghese
- “Davide con la testa di Golia” (”David with the head of Goliath”), “Giuditta with Oloferne”)
by the way, here is a summary of Caravaggio's recent exbitions,since 2010, year of the 400's adniversary of his death (1610)
- Mostra "Caravaggio Bacon", Galleria Borghese
- Mostra Evento "CARAVAGGIO" alle Scuderie del Quirinale, and related lectures about Caravaggio Art at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni;
- "I colori del buio", Palazzo Ruspoli;
- "Caravaggio a Roma", Archivio di Stato;
- "Sulle orme di Caravaggio", historic centre of Rome
- "La notte di Caravaggio", 17/18 July 2010;
- "La bottega del genio. La Cappellla Contarelli", Museo di Palazzo Venezia; and
- "Roma al tempo di Caravaggio. 1600-1630", Museo di Palazzo Venezia
- for the great public success and critical success
Number 10. GALLERIA BORGHESE,
Collection of Caravaggio, Raffaello, etc., at Villa Borghese, closed on Monday, obligatory reservation.
WHERE: Galleria Borghese, Piazza Scipione Borghese n. 5.
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop BARBERINI + tapis roulant for Villa Borghese; or stops Flaminio/Spagna
- Tuesday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 07:00 PM
This collection is housed in a building constructed in 1613 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of Bernini's greatest patrons. In fact, this great sculptor has exhibited some of his most famous sculptures here; amongst them is the renowned Apollo and Daphne. When one thinks of the Museo Borghese, the sculpture that immediately springs to mind is Canova's Pauline Borghese, in which she poses as Venus, wearing just a drape around her midriff. There are six major pieces by Caravaggio in the Galleria, including The Boy with a Basket of Fruit and the Madonna della Serpe. Titian is also represented with Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael with The Deposition, and there are important works by Correggio. The gallery can only hold 300 visitors at a time, so it is advisable to book in advance.
- Borghese family was fond of ancient art and they so collected many operas
One of the richest Gallery in Rome, in the beautiful homonymous park (beatiful to walk up and down), the Galleria Borghese has its permanent collection of works of Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tiziano, Antonello da Messina, Correggio, Rubens, Veronese, Del Sarto, Bernini, Canova (owned by Borghese family), one of the most important collections of its kind, including paintings and sculptures
Some masterpieces by Caravaggio (on which Art, it has been a successfulexhibition until June 2010, on the 400th adniversary of his birth, at the Scuderie del Quirinale):
- Narciso, “Giovane con canestro di frutta” , “Bacchino malato”, “Madonna dei Palafrenieri”, “San Girolamo”,
- “Davide con la testa di Golia” (“David with the head of Goliath”)
- e “San Giovanni Battista”
Masterpieces by Raffaello:
- “Ritratto d’uomo”, “Dama con liocorno” e “Deposizione di Cristo”
Tiziano”s masterpieces: “Amor sacro e amor profano” (“Sacred and prophane love”)
e “Venere che benda Amore”
Antonello da Messina: “Ritratto d’uomo”
Rubens: “Susanna e i vecchioni” e “Compianto su Cristo morto”
- “Enea e Anchise”, “Ratto di Proserpina”,
- “Apollo e Dafne” and “David”
- “Paolina Bonaparte come Venere Vincitrice” (“Paolina Bonaparte like Venus winner”
- another statue “Ercole and Lica”, at Modern Art Gallery, point 21.
Galleria Borghese is situated within
Park (gardens, fountains), Piazza di Siena, Casa del Cinema (”Cinema House”), Globe Theatre (elizabethian theatre in Rome, in summertime), and
expecially for children and boys, here
Design of Villa Borghese began at the start of the 17th Century when Pope Paul V Borghese was elected. Its style resembles that of city villas from 100 years earlier. The gardens were especially cared for—aviaries were added to house exotic birds and areas of the gardens were stocked with peacocks, ostriches, gazelles and even lions. Over the years, the garden was altered into an English-style space designed by Jacob Moore. One of the park's loveliest areas is the Lake Garden, which is enclosed by a railing that emphasizes the lake's irregular shape. In the center of an artificial island, a temple was built dedicated to Aesculapius. The famous Square of Siena has been the scene of horse-jumping and carriage-racing competitions since it was first built.
Nature and Science, exspecially for children and boys
- BIOPARCO (ex Zoo), with thousands of animals, (How to arrive: Bus 3, stop Bioparco)
- Planetarium and Astronomic Museum
- Museo civico di Zoologia (How to arrive: bus 3, stop Modern Art Gallery
- TecnoTown, Villa Torlonia
Number 12. Castel Sant'Angelo
By bus: bus 87, stop Piazza Cavour
The splendid fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in 139 CE. In the 10th Century CE it was transformed into a castle, then, 500 years later, into the elegant residence of Pope Alexander VI Borgia. Michelangelo designed the marvelous main court for Pope Leo X and many of the rooms inside are decorated with frescoes of great beauty. It is also been used to house prisoners, including the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. The terrace offers a fine view of the river Tiber and opera lovers will know that this was where the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (1900) took place. The building is now a museum with a fine collection of suits of armor which is open to the public.
Monumenti: Special Fortress and Panoramic Point with magnificent vista
Current Exhibition: see above number 80
Number 13. MUSEO dell’ARA PACIS
WHERE: Museo Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop Spagna; or bus 85, 53 (stop San Silvestro); or bus 81,87, stop Lungotevere.
The Ara Pacis Museum is one of the most beautiful museums in Rome, dedicated to the ancient Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace). The altar itself is from the year 9 B.C. The museum was designed by American architect Richard Meier, who created a wonderful space of light and shadow. The central pavilion holds the Ara Pacis, which is illuminated by natural light filtered through 500 square meters of glass.
Number 14. COLOSSEO (Colosseum), Anfiteatro Flavio
WHERE: Colosseo, Piazza del Colosseo
HOW TO ARRIVE: bus 53, 81, 85, 87,571,810, stop Colosseo (between the monument and the B Line Underground Stop). Open every day.
Special integrated ticket for Colosseum, Foro Romano and Palatino
REOPENED THE THIRD CIRCLE
and Casa delle Vestali
No visit to Rome is complete without seeing its magnificent Colosseum, a vast amphitheater with seating for 55,000 that was designed as a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and gladiatorial battles. After its completion, spectacular 100-day celebrations were organized as part of the opening ceremony in 72 BCE. Its name is believed to come from Nero's enormous statue of Colossus that stood close by.
since May until November, each Thursday and Saturday night
FOCUS ON ROMA ART:
From the COLOSSEUM, built by order of Emperor Vespasiano, an interesting route of Roma Art, on foot:
Number 15. on the left:
- . Circo Massimo; in front of "All'ombra del Colosseo" (event: see above)
Number 17. Isola Tiberina
- bus 81 or 810
Number 18. on the right,
- Domus Aurea, Colle Oppio (beatiful park),
- Ludus Magnus,
- Basilica di San Clemente (underground level contains an antique Temple of God Mitra, under the two “inferior” and “superior” Churchs).
Number 19. a route, not far away, on
- Pantheon (bus 87)
- Largo di Torre Argentina (bus 87)
- Mausoleum of Adriano - Castel Sant’Angelo (Lungotevere) (supra, number 12)
- the Museum of Roman Civilisation (EUR) (bus 671; or A line + B line Underground)
Number 20. MUSEI CAPITOLINI,
Campidoglio, one of the seven hills of Rome and one of the best wiev of it
WHERE: Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio
HOT TO ARRIVE: bus 53, 81, 85, 87, 186, 571, 810 up to Piazza Venezia (Venice Square)
Legend says that Musei Capitolini was created in 1471 by Pope Sisto IV, meaning that it might be the oldest museum in the world. The excellent collection includes paintings, statues and archeological pieces. It is still managed by the Vatican and is a must-visit.
If interested in Museums as permanent centres, they are situated in Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo
- the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo (in the Pinacoteca, works of Caravaggio, Guercino, Tintoretto, Tiziano, Rubens).
- Among Caravaggio’s masterpieces: “San Giovanni Battista”
- The historical buildings, both on the Piazza del Campidoglio, in the centre of which there is the equestrian statue of emperor Marco Aurelio (copy of the original one in bronze, conserved inside); they are connected below the square, through the Lapidary (it contains rests of ancient Roman houses) .
From the Campidoglio, an interesting rout, on foot, :
Number 21. FORO ROMANO
WHEN: Special night entrance, on Saturday Night in the summertime (since June until September 2011
How to arrive: bus 53, 81, 85, 87, 186, 571, 810 up to Via dei Fori ImperialiThe Roman Forum was designed to be the center of social, political and economic life in the city. The innumerable remains include the well-conserved triumphal arch of Emperor Septimius Severus, with reliefs depicting his victories and the base of the Temple of Saturn with its eight columns and their splendid Ionic capitals. The Rostrum is the famous platform from which Mark Antony gave his oration in Shakespeare's play after Julius Caesar's assassination. The platform became the setting for many important events in Rome's history. It was named the rostrum after the bows of the ships that form the decorative motif. The Temple of Vesta was the home of the Vestal Virgins, charged with keeping the sacred flame alight. The circular foundations still remain, near to a garden in which traces of the House of the Vestal Virgins can still be seen. The Basilica of Constantine and Massentius was used as the court, and the three remaining barrel-vaulted naves give an idea of its gigantic structure. The Arch of Titus celebrates victories in Judea, and in the reliefs you can see the spoils of war, including an altar and a seven-armed chandelier. Admission is free; call the number listed for information about guided tours.
- Monday To Sunday From 08:30 AM To 06:00 PM
Number 22 FORI IMPERIALI
- Roman Forum, within: Tabularium, Tempio di Giano, Lapis Niger,Curia, Tempio di Vesta, first part of the Cloaca Massima
- Foro di Cesare,
- Foro di Augusto,
- Tempio della Pace, Foro di Nerva, Foro di Traiano),
- Colonna di Marc’Aurelio, Piazza Colonna.
or a little way down
Number 23: Museo Nazionale Romano:
- Terme di Diocleziano
- Palazzo Massimo
- Palazzo Altemps
- Crypta Balbi
Four sites for integrated Ticket
as permanent Museum
as place for temporary Exhibition
Number 24. OSTIA ANTICA
Roman Wall Painting in situ with guide,
WHERE: Scavi di Ostia, Viale dei Romagnoli 717
HOW TO ARRIVE: FS Ostia Antica
Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica Antique Ostia Roman Theatre
Number 25. Another route, in the historic centre, about Renaissance and Baroque Art:
- - Renaissance : Piazza Campidoglio (design by Michelangelo) and
- - Church of Santa Maria della Pace (frescos by Raphael) with Chiostro of architect Bramante
Number 26 Chiostro of Bramante, Cloister of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome, has been designed by Bramante (1503)
The Chiostro, being designed by Donato Bramante (1444-1515), it is and extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture.
In the Basilica of Santa Maria della Pace, there is the Sybils, an extraordinary fresco, over six metres wide, executed by Raphael around 1515.
The DART Chiostro del Bramante is spread over three floors and is an ideal platform for exhibitions, concerts, seminars and meetings. Synonymous with art history and avant-gardism, the establishment promotes art from antiquity and contemporary trends. They also have frequent cultural exchanges with other international museums, further enriching the experience of the exhibitions. Apart from the above, the restaurant also houses a bookshop, an art shop and a cafeteria.
Look for the Cafeteria at the first floor, with a view on the Chiostro
one of the best place for coffee in Rome
Number 27. Baroque Art.
Chiesa di San’Agnese in Agone, Chiesa di Sant’Ivo, Chiesa Sant’Ignazio, Chiesa del Gesù, Chiesa di Sant’Andrea della Valle, Chiesa Nuova, Santa Maria in Vallicella, Santa Maria del Popolo,
Number 28. Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, GNAM
WHERE: Galleria Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti.
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop Flaminio; bus 2, stop Flaminia-Belle Arti
or bus 3, stop "Galleria Arte Moderna"
The collection housed in this Neo-classical building includes works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The 19th-century works are mostly those of the macchiaioli (Florentine impressionist painters), a similar movement to puntinismo (pointillism), a style based on the use of spots of color to create paintings whose subjects were distinguishable only from a certain distance. Among the 20th-century artists are works from De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi, Casorati, Marini and many others. The museum often organizes temporary exhibitions and has its own shop.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 08:30 AM To 07:30 PM
Here are the thematic “Sale” (Rooms), among them “Contemporary Art“, where there is the Collection Arthur Schwartz of Dada and Surrealism works, collections of paintings (some of them, been on exposition “Dada and Surrealism rediscovered” at the Vittoriano (following point).
Here, two paintings by Monet and by Van Gogh, rarely in Italy and in Rome
- Monet “Ninfee rosa”
- Van Gogh “Il giardiniere” (“L”Arlesiana”, and "Il giardiniere"
- Cezanne “Le cabanon de Jourdan”
- Mondrian, Modigliani, Boldini, Boccioni, Burri
- Canova, statue of “Ercole and Lica”, see also Galleria Borghese
Currenti Exhibition. See above number 80 "Duchamp"
Number 29. COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO,
Piazza Venezia (The Victorian, Venice Square).
WHERE: Vittoriano, Piazza Venezia, Venice Square, on the left.
HOW TO ARRIVE: bus 81, 85, 87, 571, 810, stop Piazza Venezia
Current Exhibition: Museo Orsay, paintings by
- Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro,
- Van Gogh, Manet, Corot, Seurat
- and many other painters
since February 22th until June 8th 2014Il Vittoriano a fine white marble structure built by King Victor Emmanuel was inaugurated in 1911 and stands as a symbol of Italian unity. It has witnessed many moments of glory including the parades of Mussolini that took place outside it. The statue of Emmanuel stands tall in front of this magnificent building along with the tomb of the unknown soldier nearby. The whole place has a splendid look, as if it is a chariot with the king holding the reins. Your trip to Rome will be incomplete without a visit to this monument.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 10:00 AM To 04:00 PM
The National Monument, dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, which can be freely visited along a route from Piazza Venezia has the free access on the front of it, Piazza Venezia.Beyond the entrance staircase of Vittoriano is the Altare della Patria, by the sculptor Angelo Zanelli. From November 4, 1921 is placed inside the body of the Unknown Soldier in memory of all the Italian soldiers died in the First World War. To keep watch on the altare della Patria is a guard of honor and a great statue of the goddess Roma.Romans refer to it as the "wedding cake" or the "typewriter" because of its shape and color.
From the Vittoriano, you can admire one of the best view in Rome (a look over Piazza Venezia, along Via del Corso, up to Piazza del Popolo), one of the best view from the Terrace
Number 29. Next to the Vittoriano,
- Museo del Risorgimento, Via San Pietro in Carcere, free entrance, to visit over 500 works of art, antique photographs, relics and arms wich tell of the unity of Italy from the beginning of the 19th century till the end of the First World War. Historical documentaries are subtitles in English.
- CULTURE: Il Museo delle Bandiere e il Museo dell’Emigrazione
Or along famous places like:
Number 30. Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain),
Number 31 Piazza di Spagna, Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps),
Number 32. Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese (one of our most beautiful parks in the centre of town
Number 33. From the Vittoriano, an interesting route on foot, along the roads of shopping:
- Via del Corso, elegant shops along the roads (Via Condotti, Frattina, Borgognona, etc) and Via Veneto
- Galleria Sordi, Sordi Gallery, and “La Rinascente” Palace.
At Venice Square
Number 34. Museo di Palazzo Venezia,
WHERE: Via del Plebiscito n. 118
HOW TO ARRIVE. Bus 53, 81,85, 87, 186, 571, 810, stop Venice Square
Exhibition: Cina Arcaica (Arcaic China)
Construction of this palace begun in 1455 for the Venetian cardinal, Pietro Barbi, who made it his residence. Construction of the first palace was completed shortly before his election to the Papacy in 1464 when he adopted the name Paul II. He then decided to amplify the palace and make it a dwelling worthy of a pope. The work continued until 20 years after the Pope's death and it underwent architectural transformations on several occasions over the centuries. In 1916 it was confiscated by the state of Italy which decided to make it the Palazzo Venezia museum, a role it still plays, as well as being the library of the National Institute of Archaeology and History of Art. During the Fascist regime, the palace was made famous by newsreels of the time, showing Mussolini speaking to the crowds below from a window in the palace.One of the most important collections of medieval and Renaissance art is housed at Museo di Palazzo Venezia. There are Renaissance paintings, painted wooden sculptures and chests from all over Italy, tapestries from elsewhere in Europe, Neapolitan ceramics, silverware, suits of armor, and 17th and 18th-century paintings. One of the most dramatic pieces is a 13th Century enameled Byzantine Christ. There are also terracotta studies by Bernini for construction of the Triton fountain and the decoration of Castel Sant'Angelo.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 08:30 AM To 07:30 PM
N.B: not far away, between Venice Square and The ex Ghetto, here is Piazza Mattei including
- FONTANA DELLE TARTARUGHE (rinascimental fountain)
Number 35. Mercati e Foro di Traiano (vicino Piazza Venezia)
WHERE. Piazza Madonna di Loreto, via IV Novembre 94
HOW TO ARRIVE: as for Venice Square; short way on foot
Opened in 2007, this museum offers a variety of archeological finds from the famous Roman Forum. Several ancient buildings are reconstructed, with their original materials. This museum depicts both the evolution of Roman architecture and the history of the city.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 07:00 PM
along Via del Corso
Number 36. Fondazione Roma Museo, Via del Corso
HOW TO ARRIVE: bus 53, 85, stop Corso-minghetti (2nd stop in Via del Corso)
Created in 1999, this museum promotes social integration and inclusion. It has two spaces, one for temporary exhibitions and one for concerts, round tables and private events. The museum was initially called the Museo del Corso until it changed to its present name. The museum exhibits artwork ranging all the way from the 16th Century through modern, contemporary art.
- "Hogarth, Reynolds and Turner, pittura inglese verso la modernità"
- 15 April – 20 July 2014
Number 37. GALLERIA DORIA PAMPHILJ, Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Via del Corso n. 305
HOW TO ARRIVE: BUS 53 or 85, stop Corso (1st stop Via del Corso)
Galleria Doria Pamphilj, the palazzo was once the home of Pope Innocent X (Giambattista Pamphili), and now houses one of the most refined art collections in the capital. The most famous names in Renaissance art are represented. Amongst the most celebrated offerings is Titian's Salome, a work from the beginning of his career. Also included in the Italian wing are works by Caravaggio and Guercino, a Portrait of two gentlemen by Raffaello, and the unfinished Allegory of Virtue by Correggio.Sculptures by Canova and Bernini
- masterpieces by Caravaggio, Tiziano, Raffaello, Guercino, Bruegel il Vecchio, Carracci, Andrea Del Sarto, Velasquez, Correggio, Lorenzo Lotti, Dosso Dossi, Parmigianino, Cerchia di Rembrandt
Number 38. CASA DI GOETHE, Via del Corso 18
Deutsche Site for the lonely German Museum in Rome: http://www.casadigoethe.it/de.htmlCasa di Goethe located in Rome, is the place where the world famous German scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe resided with his writer friend Johann Tischbein when he came to Italy. People visit here during the cultural events to be part of the readings, discussions and speeches of artists and academicians. The updated reference library with its vast collection of books is a book lovers haven. A common sight here is the tourists and locals browsing through the expansive collection. Check the website for the schedule of events. Guided tours in English are also available for a fee.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 10:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Number 39. PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI
WHERE-. Via Nazionale n. 194
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, direction Battistini, stop Repubblica, exit Via Nazionale
This palazzo with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art
see number 80. Exhibition of Science and Photo. "National Geographic. 125 years"
- March 25 – July 13 2014
Exhibition: Our 70'. Books for boys in Italy,
Number 40. ABC, cultural sites taken care by the Rome District
PALAZZO VALENTINI ("Palazzo della Provincia"), via Quattro Fontane
Current Exhibition: "Le Domus Romanae di Palazzo Valentini" (Roman Antique Art)
- Other "Palazzo della Provincia", nearby
- Palazzo Incontro, see ahead
PALAZZO INCONTRO ("Palazzo della Provincia") Via dei Prefetti
- WHERE: Via dei Prefetti, 22
- HOW TO ARRIVE: buses for historical centre
Number 41. Scuderie del Quirinale, Quirinale's Stables
Next Exhibition Augusto, since October 2013 until February 2014
By bus:117: By Underground: A line, stop Repubblica
CURRENT EHIBITION: see after number 80.
Exhibition "FRIDA KALHO"
- March 20 – August 31 2014
The Scuderie del Quirinale is an marvelous form of imposing structure in the heart of Rome. The venue is a beehive of exhibitions and events at any given time. Encompassing over 3000 square meters of area, the wide open spaces are apt for exhibitions and events held on a large scale. The exhibitions are generally based on fine or contemporary art and cater to a niche audience. The building also houses a bookshop for the art enthusiasts and a restaurant where you can grab a bite or sip on some steaming coffee after attending an exhibition. In all an experience to never cherish and remember. For timings please check the website.
WHERE: Via IV Fontane
Museum, one of the sites of the Antique Art Gallery, containing, among the others, pictures by:
- Lorenzo Lotto
- Filippo Lippi
- Guido Reni
Number 43. MAXXI
XXI CENTURY ART Museum
see number 80. Exhibition of Art
Treasure a San Giovanni in Laterano
Number 44. Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
This church was founded by St Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine, when she returned from the Holy Land with the remains of the Cross on which Christ was crucified. It was built in the atrium of the queen's palace, which was divided into three naves, with an apse added. The basilica is on one of the seven routes of pilgrimage. Over the centuries Santa Croce in Gerusalemme has undergone various renovations: on the inside, where a series of mosaics (many times restored) were placed; and on the outside, where a convent was built. The tomb of Cardinal Francisco Quinones, an example of Sansovino's Roman period, is at the center of the apse. The church you see nowadays dates from the changes ordered by Pope Benedict XIV in the early 18th century. The interior conserves the three naves, but only part of the original granite columns remains. The façade was built by Domenico Gregorini and Pietro Passalacqua and can be considered as one of the last examples of Roman Baroque
Number 45 Museo degli Strumenti Musicali, Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
The Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali is the largest collection of musical instruments in Rome. This vast treasure of modern and old music was gathered by music lover Evan Gorga. His love made him spend a lot on the upkeep of these fine instruments and deprived him of his wealth. But prior to his death, he left this collection of about 3,000 with the state department, who took over the place and turned it into a museum. You will find the world of music gathered here. Instruments from as far as Japan, India and South America have found a resting place in this museum. Plus the ones from the ancient European world.
- Tuesday To Sunday From 08:30 AM To 07:30 PM
Number 46. Scala Santa, Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano
On Good Friday Scala Santa is packed with pilgrims who perform penitence by climbing these 28 wood-covered steps on their knees. According to tradition, these steps were trod by Christ when he was led to Pontius Pilate for his trial. St Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, brought the steps to Rome from Jerusalem. Pope Sixtus V had them placed in their present position. They are covered in wood so that no foot can touch them, and this is the reason why the faithful climb up them on their knees
Number 47. San Clemente, via Labicana 95
A visit to Basilica di San Clemente is a fascinating journey through time.
From the upper basilica, which dates from the beginning of the 12th Century and whose apse boasts the mosaic The Triumph of the Cross, one passes into the 4th-century lower basilica, and, via a stairway, down to the roman constructions and to the mitreo, a 3rd-century temple dedicated to the God Mithra.
Of particular interest are the frescoes in the chapel of St Catherine, painted between 1428 and 1431 by Masolino da Panicale, possibly with the collaboration of Masaccio.
Number 48. Villa Volkonskij, via Ludovico di Savoia (Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano)
The entrance to the Villa Volkonski lies on the Via Ludovico di Savoia.
It comprises three buildings but is mostly known for the park in which many ancient ruins have been found, including statues and columns. Restoration work was carried out at the start of the 20th Century where it is thought an ancient Roman road used to run; ancient tombs from the imperial era and a three-floor vault lined with burial niches have been found as well as objects now seen inside the villa.
The name given to the complex was that of the Russian Volkonski family but it is Zenaide, wife of Prince Volkonski, who retired there after the death of Tsar Alexander I. The princess converted to Catholicism and made the villa a meeting place for artists and writers. Today it is the British embassy and the British ambassador's residence.
Number 49. Museo della Liberazione
Via Tasso, near Basilica San Giovanni, on foot from our B&B
Underground Stop Manzoni, one step fron St. John's step
Classic and Contemporary
WHERE: Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30
HOW TO ARRIVE:
- A Line Underground, stop Flaminio; from Piazzale Flaminio, bus M for Parco della Musica
- or bus 53, from San Giovanni up to Piazza Mancini (last stop)
The Parco della Musica-Cavea Auditorium hosts a series of concerts, festivals, events and other shows in an open-air stadium.
Number 51. Auditorium Conciliazione, San Pietro, Vaticano
Via della Conciliazione
WHERE. via della Conciliazione, 4
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, direction Battistini, stop Saint Peter or bus 87, last stop Cavour Square
Opened to the audiences in 1950, Auditorium Conciliazione has been a hot seat of cultural events.
Till 2003 it used to be the performing center for the National Symphony Orchestra of Santa Cecilia.
Now used for a range of events like orchestra, performances and musical concerts many legends have walked the famed halls of this prestigious auditorium. The performances staged here cater to the elegant and chic. So, be a part of the creme de la creme of Italy and experience the good life. Check website for event schedules.
Number 52. PALALOTTOMATICA, Piazzale Nervi (Eur).
WHERE: Palalottomatica (ex Palazzo dello Sport), Piazzale Nervi, quartiere Eur
HOW TO ARRIVE: bus 671, last stop, Piazzale Nervi, in front of Palalottomatica); or bus 714 (Piazzale Nervi);
or A Line Underground, stop Stazione Termini) + B Line, stop Eur-Palazzo dello Sport (Sport Palace).
A masterpiece of modern architecture at the time of its construction in the 1950s, major renovations around the turn of the century have rendered this space ideal for a wide variety of events and shows. The major indoor sporting and entertainment event space in Rome, Palalottomatica also features a restaurant with space for 300 people
Number 53 Stadio Olimpico
Number 54. Teatro Olimpico
Via Gentile da Fabriano
Number 55. Foro Italico, Central Live
Number 56. Stadio Baseball Nettuno (near Rome)
Via Scipione Borghese
Number 57. Atlantic Live
via Oceano Atlantico, 271D
Number 58. TEATRO DELL’OPERA DI ROMA (Opera Theatre of Rome) :
- Teatro dell’Opera, Opera Theatre
- Teatro Nazionale
- Terme di Caracalla
WHERE: Piazza Beniamino Gigli
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop Repubblica-Teatro Opera
Founded in the late 19th Century by the entrepreneur Costanzi, this theater was for a long time considered to be one of the most prestigious opera theaters in Europe. Having gone through some difficult years, the Teatro dell'Opera has recently returned to its status as a primary venue for opera, ballet and symphonic music seasons. During the summer, opera is staged at the lovely Terme di Caracalla or the beautiful Piazza di Siena in the Villa Borghese gardens.
Number 59. TEATRO NAZIONALE
WHERE Via del Viminale n. 51
HOW TO ARRIVE: A Line Underground, stop
WHEN: Ballets and Recital
Number 60. TERME DI CARACALLA, Caracalla’s Bath
WHERE: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
HOW TO ARRIVE: Bus 81
WHEN. ALL THE YEAR AROUND, the ruins of Caracalla's Baths are
- among the largest sites of this kind of ancient architecture in Rome (Roman Empire Art) and
These baths were built in the 3rd Century BCE by the Emperor Caracalla, and they operated for about two hundred years, before the barbarian invasions and the subsequent interruption in the water supply. The area was abandoned for a certain time, and then in 1400 CE the first excavations began, uncovering works that can be found in Palazzo Farnese and the Vatican Museums. As well as the ruins of the baths, there are the remains of a temple dedicated to the god Mithra. In the temple you'll find benches used for the mystic meals taken by the followers. Amidst the white and black mosaic floor you'll also find the hollow where the blood collected after each sacrifice. In August, the baths provide the backdrop for opera performances.
- and the most beutiful ones with Diocleziano's Baths (Museo Nazionale Romano, Ancient Roman Museum) near Termini Station
(Near a beutiful park, near Circo Massimo, not far away from Eur, the green quarter of Rome.
CINEMA and Photography
Number 61 English original Version at the cinema
WHERE:Via in Lucina (near the historical centre)
HOW TO ARRIVE: bus 85 or 53, stop Piazza San Silvestro.
WHERE: Via Cola di Rienzo, n. 74
HOW TO ARRIVE:
- A Line Underground, from San Giovanni, direction Battistini, stop Lepanto; or
- bus 81, stop Cola di Rienzo
Number 62WHERE. in the historic centre, between San Giovanni Quarter and Caracalla QuarterHOW TO ARRIVE: Bus 81 or 810, stop Circo MassimoAncient Roman Stadium, nowadays site of footing and urban trekking between Palatino Hills and Aventino Hill .It was the largest Circus, in the Ancient Rome, for racing showsIn the 4 BC, Circus Maximus was one of the largest stadia in Rome, with a capacity of 250,000 seated spectators. It was the venue for horse racing, athletics tournaments and animal fighting. The last races held here were in AD 549. Another very popular sport was marine battling, the arena was filled with water and fights between light boats took place. The tower is from medieval times.
- His egyptian obeliscos are today in Piazza San Giovanni and in Piazza del Popolo.
- Piazza Navona, in the past Domiziano Stadium, is smaller
ICEPARKS, in Marino, town near Rome, all the year around
PARKS water and entertainment
Via di Castelfusano (Ostia)
Via Terme di Traiano – Località Casale Altavilla Civitavecchia Nord (RM)
Via Maremmana Inferiore km 29,300 – Guidonia (RM)
Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico 1
Via Mattia Battistini 55
Vicolo del Casale Lumbroso 200
Via di Castel Fusano 210 (Ostia)
Via Tarquinio Collatino 56-58
Via G. Carducci Anguillara Sabazia – Località Vigna di Valle (RM)
Via della Pace, Località Pascolaro -Valmontone (RM)
Via dei SS. Apostoli, 20
Strada Comunale Monte Gelato – Mazzano Romano (RM)
Via Casablanca 61- Torvaianica (RM)
Number 64. Fiera di Roma, Fairy of RomeWHERE. Parco LeonardoHOW TO ARRIVE: special Fr1 Train from Tuscolana Station (that is near our B&B) at the cost of 1 euro ticketTo handle the requirements of the 21st century, Rome has built the state-of-the-art Nuovo Fiera di Roma to accommodate the burgeoning needs of international cultural events, conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. The impressive grounds cover 900,000 square meters, 300,000 of whom are devoted to lush public greenery. A premium venue any way you look at it.
Number 65. In our quarter of San Giovanni in Laterano :- Villa Celimontana
- Villa Lazzaroni
- Villa Scipioni
- Parco dell’Appia Antica, with Via Appia Antica ("regina viarum" among ancient roman roads)
- Parco della Caffarella, our section our Italian Site about Art and Nature near our B&B
not far away:
- Parco Appio – Claudio
- Parco degli Acquedotti
and in Rome and out of town
Number 66. Tipycal shops
Some Best Icecream in Rome, in our quarter San Giovanni (on foot, by our B&B)WHERE: Via Principe Eugenio- Il Gelato di Procopio, Procope’s Ice CreamWHERE: Piazza dei Re di Roma- Il Gelato di San Crispino, Saint Crispino’s IcecreamWHERE Via Acaia n. 56 (Piazza Tuscolo)- Gelateria Pompi, The Kingdom of TiramisùWHERE via Albalonga, 7/b-9-11 (Piazza Re di Roma)- Gelateria Petrini, the Art of IcecreamWHERE: Piazza dell’Alberone, 16/A (one underground stop, A Line from Re di Roma to Ponte Lungo)- Riva Reno Gelato (Ice cream shops, in franchising)WHERE. Via Magnagrecia, 25——————————-——————————————-
Number 67. Historic Shops
Coffee Bar, Tea Rooms, etc
- Antico Caffè Greco , with artistic collection and interior decorations, having been visited by lots of artisti and vip in the past.
- Via Condotti, 86
- Piazza di Spagna, near the Spain Steps
- piazza Sant'Eustachio
- Pascucci Frullati, Milkshake
- Via di Torre Argentina, 20
near the B&B
- Coltelleria Zoppo, Knife's Shop, Via Merulana, 66
Number 68. Traditional Shops
near the B&B
- Soul Food, Vintage Records, Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 192
- Veloccia, Beds since 1900 ,via Labicana, 124
- La Murrina, Venetian Glass Lamps, Via Labicana, 106
in the historic centre
- Antica Erboristeria Romana, Via di Torre Argentina
- the oldest herbalist shop in Rome
Number 69. Brand shops in Rome, in the historic centre (and near our B&B)
- via Frattina
- via del Corso
- via Borgognona
- via del Babuino
- via dei Condotti
- via della Croce
Typical and Antique MARKETS
Number 70. Typical Markets
- Via Sannio, Sannio Street, on foot from our B&B (week days), near the gardensThis market is famous above all for its stalls of second-hand clothes, which sell jeans, sports clothes, military clothes etc., all at low prices. There are also stalls selling new clothes and camping equipment.
- Monday To Saturday From 07:00 AM To 02:00 PM
- Porta Portese, Trastevere (every Sunday),
The name Porta Portese is today linked to the area in front of the ancient gateway where Rome's most famous market is held each Sunday. The market offers clothes, books and second-hand items of every imaginable type. In fact, Porta Portese was the name of the gateway built on the orders of Pope Urban VIII but only finished during the pontificate of Innocent X. It was built on the site of the more ancient Porta Portuense from which it has derived its (vulgarized) modern name. The position of the ancient gate made it enormously important as it governed the trading traffic between Rome and its port (Ostia) but, unfortunately, it was demolished and we only know of its appearance from drawings.
Number 71. Antique Markets
- Campagnano, suburb of Rome, (last Sunday of the month),.
- Bracciano, second Sunday of the month).
near the B&B
- piazzale Appio, at the beginning of Via Appia Nuova
- open all day
in the historic centre
- Piazza Colonna, along Via del Corso
- open h. 10-22
"Zara" (ex palazzo Rinascente), Via del Corso n. 129
"Levis", Via del Corso n. 479
In Town: Outlet Teichner, Via Magnagrecia (near the B&B)
Out of town :
TODAY'S ROME: WHAT'S ON
Focus on Current Events
Number 74.In according to other our page on Italian Web Site,
regarding QUARTERS OF ROME and TOURS OF MONUMENTS TO VISIT
QUARTIERI di ROMA e LUOGHI da vedere (ITINERARI consigliati) per ARTE, NATURA, Storia, SPETTACOLO e Salute (San Giovanni, Colosseo, Foro Romano, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, Trinità dei Monti, San Pietro, Vaticano, etc.)
concerning our quarter St. John, Forum, Colosseum, Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spain Steps, Saint Peter, Vatican, etc.
Number 75. Tour of Rome in 1 day; in 2,3,4,5 days or in 1 week
Number 76. Event Days in 2013: Marathon of Rome, Mummy Day, Daddy Day, International Tennis, Birthday of Rome,etc.
Number 77. Great Events 2014
- Saint Peter and Saint Paul, June 29th 2014,
- in Basilica Saint Peter
- in Basilica Sant Paul
Number 78. Free Rome : Free Entrance in Art places in Rome
last but not the least,
INFORMATION ABOUT Underground Service on our Italian Web Site
A Line (red) and B Line (blue) Underground runs
- until 1,30 of night 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
- until 23,30 from Saturday until Thursday
After 23,30 on workdays and after 1,30 a.m. on holidays, Night Buses
until 5,30 a.m. (daily buses, since 5,30 until 12 p.m.)
In case of no service of A Line,
Replacement bus service Line MA1 and MA2
will stop near the metro station.
The buses do not stop at " Spagna" but at Barberini Square and Porta Pinciana .
From Urban Transport Official Site: www. atac.roma.it
Edited by the Direction of Bed and Breakfast
“A room for holiday” and “A home for holiday” , Rome, Italy
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Updated on June 27 th 2014