Around Campo de' Fiori:
Via Giulia, Largo Argentina, Via del Corso

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Around Campo de' Fiori you find many noteworthy sights and areas worth visiting.

VIA GIULIA. At the beginning of the 16th century Pope Julius II replaced the maze of streets from the Capitol to the Vatican with a long straight street to which he gave his name. For centuries it has been Rome's most important street, dotted with palazzi and churches, adjacent to a picturesque neighborhood bustling with travellers and tradesmen.

There are many churches along Via Giulia. To the right flank of the Palazzo Farnese there is the lovely church "Santa Maria del Suffragio", dedicated to the mourning of the dead. The Neapolitans had their national church "Spirito Santo dei Napoletani.

The Florentines had the Basilica of St. Giovanni dei Fiorentini, dedicated to St. John Baptist, the patron saint of Florence, commissioned by the Medici Leo X, built with contributions of Sansovino, Sangallo the Younger, Della Porta, Maderno, A. Galilei, Bromine.

St. Andrea della Valle

Towards the Capitol Hill (Piazza Venezia), one finds the fine church of Sant'Andrea della Valle. The church is the mother house of the Theatine Order, founded in 1524 by St. Gaetano di Thiene. It has the highest dome in Rome after St. Peter's, and it was built following the plans of many architects (G. della Porta, Carlo Maderno, Rainaldi and Fontana). The relative nudity of the nave contrasts with the rich frescoes, of which the most notables are those of the Evangelists in the four pendentives, by Domenichino.

Walking towards the Capitol Hill (Piazza Venezia, towards East), one reaches the Area Sacra dell'Argentina, and the remains of Pompey's Theater and Curia. Pompey built the theatre on his own land, and topped it with a temple dedicated to Venus Victrix (the Goddess of Victory). The theater, which could seat 18,000 spectators, was inaugurated in 65 BC, with literary and musical events, and with hunts lasting several days, in which lions, elephants, and lynxes were massacred.

Chiesa del Gesu'
Via Giulia, the Fontana del Mascherone
(big mask fountain)

Via Giulia

Santa Maria del Suffragio

Walking towards Piazza Venezia and Capitol Hill (Campidoglio) one finds the splendid Jesus Church (Chiesa del Gesu'), built between 1568 and 1578.
It is the church of the Jesuit order, which became the model of Counter-Reformation churches in Europe. The facade is by Giacomo della Porta. The interior is by Vignola, and is exceptionally rich, with sumptuous details in coloured marble and lapis lazuli.
Perhaps the major masterpiece is the fresco in the vault of the nave, the "Triumph of the name of Jesus". The author is Giovanni Battista Gaulli, also called Baciccia, contemporary of Bernini (17th century), and having his exuberant style. Also the Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Andrea Pozzo (1696-1700) is renowned for its opulence.

The domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and of St. Peter seen from the Victor Emmanuel monument

The inner curve of the theatre is faithfully echoed by the shape of the buildings of Via Grotta di Pinta, one of the most remarkable examples of urban continuity in Rome. Parts of the theatre's walls still exist in the basements of the buildings of the area.
Behind the stage a portico of massive dimensions was erected, having at its end an exedra, which became the Curia (meeting place) of the Senate. This is were Julius Caesar was assassinated. The Curia is part of the Area Sacra of Largo Argentina. In this area your find the excavations of four temples of the Roman Republic, together with the ruins of Pompey's Curia (left photo). In the same photo, to the right, you can see the Teatro Argentina, where Rossini presented the premiere of the Barber of Seville in 1816. All the great Italian composers subsequently had their works released here.

Via Grotta di Pinta: palazzi following the curve of the Theater of Pompey
The Republican Temples of Largo Argentina (site of Julius Caesar's assassination)

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