Santa Maria Immacolata e San Giovanni Berchmans Church Rome

The Santa Maria Immacolata e San Giovanni Berchmans Church is located in the central square of the San Lorenzo neighbourhood in Rome. Its most striking aspect is the bell tower, which resembles the one of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

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Saint Lawrence outside the Walls Basilica Rome

The Papal Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls (Basilica Papale di San Lorenzo Fuori Le Mura), next to the Verano cemetery, is one of the seven so-called Pilgrim Churches of Rome. It is the only one of the five Papal basilicas that does not have a Holy Door. The church is located just north of the city’s student district, unofficially known as San Lorenzo, to which it also gave its name.

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Via Tiburtina Rome

The Via Tiburtina begins at the Porta San Lorenzo and owes its name to the city of Tivoli (Tibur, in Latin), famous for its gardens, the Villa D’Este and the Villa Adriana. It is one of the socalled consular roads and runs straight through the university district. The Verano Cemetery and the gorgeousĀ Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls are the biggest attractions along this street.

Via Tiburtina Rome

In the days of the Roman Republic the Via Tiburtina was extremely important since both agricultural products and marble were brought from Tivoli and surroundings to the Eternal City.

In 286 BC the Roman consul Marco Valerio Massimo Potito ordered the construction of the road. Initially the street started at the north-western corner of the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, where the ruins of the Trofei di Mario can be seen.

After the construction of theĀ Aurelian Walls, the beginning of the road was moved to right outside the Porta Tiburtina.

In those days the road reached as far as Corfinio, in the province of L’Aquila. The first part, until Tivoli, got the name Via Tibur and the second part became the Via Valeria.

Between 48 and 49 AD the Emperor Claudio prolonged the road all the way to Pescara on the other coast. This last stretch became the Via Claudia Valeria.

The present Via Tiburtina Valeria (SS5) still connects Rome to Chieti and Pescara, but does not always follow the original route.

The first stretch of the Via Tiburtina is located in the Tiburtino district. The area to the right of the street is known as San Lorenzo. This is one of the most vibrant quarters of the city, since it is here that a good deal of the student population of Rome lives.

San Lorenzo ends when you reach Rome’s biggest cemetery, which is called Verano. The Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, one of the city’s most beautiful churches, is right next to the cemetery.

Via Tiburtina – Rome

San Lorenzo Neighborhood Rome

San Lorenzo is not an official district (“rione” or “quartiere”) of Rome, but it is one of the best known neighborhoods of the Eternal City. Its near proximity to Rome’s university campus of La Sapienza has enticed many students to come and live in San Lorenzo and has also caused a surge in the number of eateries and pubs.

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Pigneto Neighborhood Rome

Trastevere has always been there, and Testaccio is also a given. For years San Lorenzo, across the Termini railway tracks and close to the Sapienza University in Rome, was the new happening area and at present it is the turn of Pigneto. The neighborhood has rapidly become the city’s number 1 hipster district.

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Tiburtino District Rome (Quartiere VI)

Tiburtino (Q. VI) is the official name of this district in Rome, but most Romans refer to it as San Lorenzo. The latter, however, is just one part of the quartiere, but it is here that most of Rome‘s students live, thanks to the presence of the La Sapienza University.

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