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Rome orientation: the districts in the city center

When Rome was much, much smaller than it is now (it is the largest city of Italy, after all!) the old city was comprised of a number of different districts, each with their own name, boundaries and – as it were – character. Nowadays the name of those boroughs remains on some street plates and […]

S. Agnese in Agone

Along one of the major side of Piazza Navona in Rome we can find the imposing Baroque church built by Francesco Borromini and know as Sant’Agnese in Agone, from the ancient name of Piazza Navona, piazza in agone, that is the site of the competitions (the square has been built over the ruins of the […]

San Luigi dei Francesi

The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French), in the neighbourhood of Piazza Navona in Rome, was designed by Giacomo della Porta and then built by the architect Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589; vital was the intervention of Catherine de’ Medici, who gave some lands in that area. Ever since, […]

Piazza Pasquino

When in 1501 the Cardinal Oliviero Carafa eventually found a damaged ancient statue and put it besides his palace, a few steps from Piazza Navona at the end of via del Governo Vecchio, it soon became the first of a long series of “talking statues” of Rome, used by the people to post satires against […]

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is surely one of the most popular area in Rome, well-known all over the world for its beautiful Baroque monuments. Its characteristic elongated shape derives from the ancient Stadium built by the Emperor Domitian in the 85 A.D., very popular for the agones (games) that took place here. This origin explains both the […]


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