St. Paul Outside The Walls Basilica Rome

The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is one of the 5 so-called papal or patriarchal basilicas in Rome. In 1823 the basilica needed to be almost completely rebuilt, after a fire had destroyed most of it. Highlights are the cloister and the mosaics on the triumphal arch. Continue reading “St. Paul Outside The Walls Basilica Rome”

Ostiense Railway Station Rome

The Ostiense railway station can be found on the Piazzale dei Partigiani, near the metro line B stop Piramide. It is here you can take the Ostia Lido train to the beach in the summer.

Ostiense Railway Station Rome

A number of other important regional railway lines also leave from Ostiense: The FR3 takes you to Viterbo, the FR5 to Rome’s port, Civitavecchia, and the interregionale to Pisa also stops in Ostiense. Finally, for those who don’t want to pay 14 Euros for the Leonardo Express, there is the FR1 to the airport of Fiumicino.

The Ostiense train station was constructed in 1938, when Adolf Hitler came to see his friend Benito Mussolini, and there are therefore distinct fascist traces in its architecture. At the time the road connecting the station to the nearby Porta San Paolo was even called after Hitler, but after the war the name was changed into the Viale delle Cave Ardeatine.

The architect Roberto Narducci designed a facade that was completely covered with travertine marble and floors that are decorated with mosaics showing scenes from the history of Rome.

There is a parking lot underneath the Piazzale dei Partigiani and another across the tracks, in the Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1942. Several bus lines connect the station of Ostiense to other parts of the city.

The Rome chapter of the slow food shopping mall Eatily can also be found at Ostiense Station.

Roma Ostiense – Rome

Pyramid Rome

Who happens to get off at the line B metro stop Piramide might be surprised to find an actual pyramid across the road from the main exit of the underground station. Though the only one still standing it was not even the only pyramid in Rome during the golden days of the Empire. Continue reading “Pyramid Rome”

ACEA Fountain Rome

The Fontana dell’ACEA is located in front of the ACEA (a water and electricity company) building in Rome and is one of the most recently constructed fountains in Rome.

ACEA Fountain Rome

ACEA FountainIt was built in 1962, after a design by the architects Ugo Macri, Giorgio Quaroni and Americo Romitelli, the winners of an architectural competition.

The Fontana dell’ACEA is at its most beautiful in the evening thanks to a tastefully organized illumination. The fountain is characterized by water falling from vertical structures that are decorated with bas-reliefs.

The ACEA fountain is still supplied with water from the Acquedotto Marcio, one of Rome’s ancient aqueducts.

Piazzale Ostiense – Rome

Centrale Montemartini Rome

The Centrale Montemartini is located in the Ostiense district of Rome, in a building that used to house the city’s first electrical power station. It is one of Rome’s most unusual and interesting museums thanks to the contrast between the bulky modern machines and the more than 400 classical statues that are part of its permanent collection. Continue reading “Centrale Montemartini Rome”

Ponte Marconi Rome

Ponte Guglielmo Marconi, or simply Ponte Marconi, is a Roman bridge connecting the Piazza Augusto Righi (Ostiense district) to the Piazza Thomas Edison (Portuense district).

Ponte Marconi Rome

The Ponte Marconi is Rome‘s longest bridge (235m) and has a width of more than 31m.

Construction was started in 1937, the year the Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi died, but was interrupted during World War II, only to be restarted long after the end of the war, in 1953. The work was finished in 1955.

It was built with the aim of creating a quick connection from Trastevere to the EUR quarter.

Ponte Marconi – Rome

Ostiense District Rome

Rome‘s 10th quartiere is called Ostiense and is named for the Via Ostiense.

Ostiense District Rome (Q. X)

The most important tourist attraction in the area is the beautiful Basilica of Saint Paul’s Outside The Walls (San Paolo Fuori le Mura).

The railway station Ostiense also lies in the quartiere. From this station there is a cheaper train to the international airport of Fiumicino than the Leonardo Express from Termini.

Quartiere Ostiense (Q. X)