Rome, Italy: Exploring the Caelian Hill Neighborhood with Livia Galante
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Join our experience of the Caelian Neighborhood of Rome, a peaceful oasis nestled very near the Colosseum and Roman Forum – often overshadowed by its neighboring monuments. During our 60 minutes together we will discuss four key churches of Rome and contextualize the moments of history they’ve each borne witness to.
We will begin with the breathtaking mosaics of the Basilica di San Clemente, which was built on top of a house from 3rd century Rome, part of which was built next door to the Ancient Roman Mint. From there, we venture downhill to discover treasures held within Basilica di Santi Quattro Coronati; its tall brick tower makes you feel like you stepped out of Rome and into a medieval-era hamlet.
As we depart the church and follow the narrow road down the hill, we’ll reach the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and proceed from there to the Basilica do Santo Stefano Rotondo – a rare example of rounded church architecture, dating to the end of the 5th century AD. A noteworthy feature of this church is the Cycle of Martyrdom, a series of thirty-four frescoes along the peripheral wall of the church, executed by Pomarancio and Matteo da Siena. Also in this case, under the church, there are the ruins of a Roman barracks and a Mithraeum.
Through an ancient arch, part of a Roman aqueduct, we’ll move towards the Basilica of SS. John and Paul, which was built above a Roman wealthy house still decorated with beautiful frescoes. Our virtual walk ends in the adjacent Villa Celimontana, once the residence of the Mattei family.
Led by an expert on Ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this Conversation will focus on the most important venues of the Caelian Hill neighborhood. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased comprehension of this portion of Rome, overshadowed by the proximity of the most visited monuments in Rome, but truly worth exploring because of its beautiful churches and ancient Roman structures, and peaceful gardens.
Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.