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In this page:
The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
Today's view
Ponte Sisto
Palazzo Farnese (rear view) and Palazzo Falconieri
Collegio Ghislieri

The Plate (No. 87 - iii)

Fianco della Lungara e di Strada Giulia

This is one of the most sought after plates because of the very interesting view of the river inside Rome. The title refers to the two streets (Via della Lungara and Via Giulia) opened by Julius II at the beginning of the XVIth century to facilitate the access to the Vatican from Trastevere and from the area around palazzo Farnese. Vasi lines up palaces and churches behind Ponte Sisto. The view is taken from the green dot in the small 1748 map here below. In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) Giardino Farnese; 2) Palazzo Farnese; 3) Chiesa della Morte; 4) Palazzo Falconieri; 5) Chiesa dello Spirito Santo dei Napoletani; 6) S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini; 7) Carcere Nuovo. All but 4) are shown in detail in other pages. The small map shows also: 8) Collegio Ghislieri.

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The view today

Fianco della Strada Giulia

The view today is necessarily split into two pictures. To get a frontal view of Ponte Sisto one has to move back to a point from which Palazzo Farnese and Palazzo Falconieri are not visible. Vasi's view is taken at sunset in summer. These views are both taken in the morning and in winter to see through the tree curtain.

Ponte Sisto

Ponte Sisto

Built in 1474 by Sixtus IV on the site of Pons Aurelius it has resisted the many floods of the Tiber; the central eye also provided an additional passage for the water and thus decreased the pressure on the arches. The eye allowed easy measuring of the level of the river and it was a warning indicator of an incoming flood. Plate 89 shows another view of Ponte Sisto.

Palazzo Farnese and Palazzo Falconieri

Palazzo Farnese

The fašade of Palazzo Farnese towards the Tiber is due to Giacomo della Porta who completed the work of Antonio da Sangallo and Michelangelo. The very fine loggia of Palazzo Farnese inspired Borromini when he designed the loggia of nearby Palazzo Falconieri.

Palazzo Falconieri

Collegio Ghislieri and other Renaissance palaces

Collegio Ghislieri

Giuseppe Ghislieri a doctor and a distant relative of Pope Pius V founded in 1630 an institution for the education of 24 students belonging to families who could not pay tuition fees. In 1670 the institution bought a large building in Via Giulia: the portal was decorated with a relief showing the Holy Family and a long inscription celebrating Ghislieri. The portal is nearly the only remaining part of the building because in the 1930s a modern school replaced the old college.
Other historical buildings in the vicinity of Collegio Ghislieri retain their Renaissance aspect: the windows shown above belong to the house built for himself by the sculptor Guglielmo Della Porta while the portal belongs to an adjoining house owned by him. He is known for the monument to Pope Paulus III in St. Peter's.

Excerpts from Giuseppe Vasi 1761 Itinerary related to this page:

Palazzo Falconieri sulla strada Giulia
Fu rinnovato questo palazzo dal Cav. Borromini, vedendosi verso il fiume la di lui architettura disposta con grazia e bizzarria. Vi sono negli appartamenti de' quadri di gravi autori, e nella cappella, molte reliquie di Santi.

... vi Ŕ il collegio Ghislieri fondato l'anno 1636. per la giovent¨, che ha voglia di studiare le scienze umane e divine senza obbligo del chiericato.

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