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The Neighbourhood

The Castro Pretorio District is named after the barracks built by the Emperor Tiberius to accommodate the Praetorian Guard. Today this area is rich in tourist sites such as the Porta Pia, Via XX Settembre and the spectacular Piazza della Repubblica with the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the wonderful Fountain of the Naiads.

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Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

S.Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs) at the Baths of Diocletian is the last great architectural project of the genius of Michelangelo, a monument of history, faith, art and science.


Local market in Piazza Alessandria

A unique place to experience the daily life of Rome. The local market in Piazza Alessandria is one of the oldest markets in Rome, along with that of Testaccio, Via Cola di Rienzo and Villa Borghese. It takes place in the vicinity of what it was in the early twentieth century the Peroni brewery, an Art Nouveau building with a distinctive small tower. The stalls for fruit, vegetables, fish, local meat and various delicatessens are very traditional.


National Library

The National Central Library of Rome is one of the two Italian state libraries that have the main task of collecting and preserving all Italian publications


Piazza della Repubblica

The Piazza della Repubblica is just a few hundred metres from Termini station and was once home to the huge Baths of Diocletian, whose surviving exedra gave the original name to the square (Piazza dell’Esedra).

In the centre, stands a large fountain named after the four Naiads, or water nymphs, which decorate its sides. Also on the piazza, is the facade of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the square is the starting point of one of the city’s main streets, the Via Nazionale.



The Quirinale Palace looks out over the Piazza del Quirinale. It is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic and is one of the symbols of the Italian State


National Gallery of Modern Art

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM) has the largest collection of Italian contemporary art. It has over 4,400 works of painting and sculpture and about 13,000 drawings and prints by artists – mostly Italian – of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In its 55 rooms, you can see the masterpieces of the collection, about 1,100 works. It is the only Italian national museum dedicated entirely to modern art


Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese park, one of the largest in Rome, is bordered by nine entrances, which allow access from the central districts of the city.The Villa Borghese has many neoclassical and nineteenth century buildings. The Villa Borghese Park occupies a large area in the heart of the city and offers a wide range of leisure activities.


Via Veneto

Initially, as with the other streets of the neighbourhood, it was named after the region of Italy. After the First World War, it was renamed in memory of the Battle of Vittorio Veneto. At its beginning, near Piazza Barberini, you will find its oldest monuments: the Fountain of the Bees and the Church of Santa Maria Immaculate.


Fountain of the Naiads

The fountain of the Naiads, in the centre of Piazza della Repubblica, is the work of Mario Rutelli, of Palermo, who carved the group of sculptures in 1901. The naiads portrayed are the Lake Nymph, recognizable by theswan she holds, the River Nymph, lying on a river monster, the Ocean Nymph, riding on a horse symbolising the sea, and the Nymph of Underground Waters, resting on a mysterious dragon. At the centre is the Glaucus group (1912), symbolizing man’s dominion over the forces of nature.

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