Palazzo Chigi-Odescalchi Rome

The Palazzo Chigi-Odescalchi is a historical building between the Piazza dei Santi Apostoli and the Via del Corso in Rome. A number of famous architects, including MadernoBernini and Vanvitelli, have contributed to the building’s development.

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Palazzo Colonna Rome

The Palazzo Colonna is located near the Piazza Venezia in the centre of Rome. The building has been owned by the same noble family for more than 900 years. The Galleria Colonna still houses part of the art collection established over the years by this Colonna family. The exhibition can only be visited on Saturday mornings.

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Palazzo Barberini Rome

The Palazzo Barberini is home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) and faces the Piazza Barberini in Rome. A second seat of this museum can be found in the Palazzo Corsini.

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Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite Rome

The Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite is the English national church in Rome. The church stands on the Piazza di San Silvestro and was built in the 8th century. The Romanesque bell tower is the result of a renovation in 1210. At the end of the 17th century a new, extensive restoration took place. Continue reading “Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite Rome”

Piazza San Silvestro Rome

Piazza San Silvestro is a square in the center of Rome. It is named for the Church of San Silvestro in Capite that faces it and that was built on top of the house of two brothers who both became Pope, Stefano II and Paolo II. What used to be a major bus hub has now been transformed into a pedestrian area.

Piazza San Silvestro Rome


Piazza San Silvestro Rome
Piazza San Silvestro

During the late Middle Ages the square was called Catapauli for a while, a semi-Greek, semi-Latin word meaning “near Paul”.

The site where Piazza San Silvestro is located used to be taken up by the Temple of the Sun (Tempio del Sole), which was constructed by Aureliano in 273 after the conquest of Palmira. The temple consisted of two courtyards connected by a square room. Inside one of the courtyards a round temple with 16 columns could be admired. Underneath the surrounding arches the vina fiscalia, wine that was to be distributed for free, was preserved.

From the 1940’s until 2011 the Piazza San Silvestro was a major bus hub.

Tourist attractions

The Palazzo delle Poste is housed in what was once the convent attached to the Church of San Silvestro. Before it became the main post office of the city, for a while it was the seat of the Ministry of Public Works.

The Palazzo dell’Acqua Pia Antica Marcia was designed by Michele Busiri Vici.

Tha Palazzo Marignoli is named for the man who built it between 1874 and 1883, Filippo Marignoli. The architect was Salvatore Bianchi, but Giulio Podesti was responsible for the facade.

Piazza di San Silvestro, Rome

Trevi Fountain Rome

The Trevi Fountain is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Rome and really ought to be seen not once, but twice. During daytime the fountain is already an impressive monument, but it is at its most imposing after midnight, when the crowds have returned to their hotels and there are but few people left to admire this brightly lit baroque masterpiece. Throw a coin into the fountain and you are sure to return to Rome one day. Throw yourself into the water and you will be fined.

Trevi Fountain Rome

History and description

One of the most famous scenes in the history of world cinema making is the one in Fellini‘s La Dolce Vita where Anita Ekberg invites Marcello Mastroianni to join her in the Trevi Fountain.

In reality it is severely forbidden to enter the water of the Fontana di Trevi, which was designed by the architect Nicola Salvi by order of Pope Clement XII.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain (height 26m and width 22m) is, as is the case with several churches and monuments in Rome, located at the spot where there used to be a well. It was called Trevi because the square it faces is called Trevi and the square is called Trevi because three streets (“tre vie“) used to lead to it.

The statue to the right of the fountain depicts a virgin who had told a soldier where the well was to be found.

The statue dominating its center depicts the Sea God Neptune on a shell-shaped chariot. Two winged horses pull him towards the ocean. The horses, one calm and one restless, personify the two aspects of the sea.

The niches on either side of the fountain contain statues personifying “Health” and “Abundance”.

The fountain is built agains the back of the historic building Palazzo Poli. It was, and still is, fed by the Acqua Vergine Aqueduct.

Trevi Fountain Do’s and Dont’s

Of all the tourist attractions in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is perhaps the most touristy. Almost every shop in every street leading to the fountain in some way or other is part of the tourist industry. People take you picture and want money for it, people try to sell you bracelets, sunglasses, roses when you’re a couple and umbrellas when it rains. Often these days, there are so many people that you are not even allowed to stand still anymore.

It is common practice to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain before leaving Rome. This has to be done over the left shoulder, with one’s back to the monument. According to legend this will assure a future return to the Eternal City. In the past one was supposed to take a sip of water from the fountain in order to achieve this, not the most healthy of superstitions.

Nowadays tourists sometimes think it would be nice to act like Anita Ekberg and jump into the fountain. Fines are steep, so you might want to think twice before doing this. Recently, the authorities have gone a step further and you are not even allowed to sit on the ledge around the fountain anymore.

Trevi Fountain – Piazza di Trevi, Rome