Visit Rome following 8 XVIIIth century itineraries XVIIIth century Rome in the 10 Books of Giuseppe Vasi - Le Magnificenze di Roma Antica e Moderna The Grand View of Rome by G. Vasi The Environs of Rome: Frascati, Tivoli, Albano and other small towns near Rome A 1781 map of Rome by G. Vasi An 1852 map of Rome by P. Letarouilly Rome seen by a 1905 armchair traveller in the paintings by Alberto Pisa The 14 historical districts of Rome An abridged history of Rome How to spend a peaceful day in Rome Baroque sculptors and their works The coats of arms of the popes in the monuments of Rome Pages on a specific pope Pages complementing the itineraries and the views by Giuseppe Vasi Walks in the Roman countryside and in other towns of Latium following Ferdinand Gregorovius A Directory of links to the Churches of Rome A Directory of links to the Palaces and Villas of Rome A Directory of links to the Other Monuments of Rome A Directory of Baroque Architects with links to their works A Directory of links to Monuments of Ancient Rome A Directory of links to Monuments of Medieval Rome A Directory of links to Monuments of Renaissance A Directory of links to Monuments of the Late Renaissance A list of the most noteworthy Roman Families Directories of fountains, obelisks, museums, etc. Books and guides used for developing this web site An illustrated Glossary of Art Terms Venice and the Levant Roman recollections in Florence A list of Italian towns shown in this web site Venetian Fortresses in Greece Vienna seen by an Italian XVIIIth century traveller A list of foreign towns shown in this web site
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Baroque Rome in the etchings of Giuseppe Vasi

Baroque Rome in the etchings of Giuseppe Vasi
(above) Thumbnail images of Piazza Navona and Palazzo Farnese; (below) Romans enjoying themselves at Porta Castello

Giuseppe Vasi was born in 1710 in Corleone, Sicily. He published between 1746 and 1761 ten books of etchings showing the monuments of Rome.
At that time, with the completion of Fontana di Trevi, of Porto di Ripetta and of the Spanish Steps, the whole period of Baroque in Rome was coming to an end. In a few years a wave of neoclassical revival will progressively criticize and despise the works of Bernini, Borromini and their followers. Giovan Battista Piranesi, who started working with Vasi, privileged the views of the Roman ruins, but Vasi was perfectly happy with "modern" Rome. An architect himself he paid attention to all the details of the churches and the palaces he showed in his etchings.
The Books are organized by subjects (gates, churches, palaces, villas, etc). You can reach the etchings also by consulting a Map Vasi published in 1781. Vasi shows all the details of Baroque Rome, but also most of the monuments of Ancient Rome, Medieval Rome, Renaissance Rome and Mannerist Rome. The etchings are shown together with images of today's Rome.

Piazza di Montecitorio
Piazza di Montecitorio

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This site includes also History and Art in the Coats of Arms of the Popes, and sections on the Venetian Fortresses in Greece on Istanbul and on many other locations. You may wish to see the Detailed Index or the Directories of the site. You may start by getting familiar with Rome by looking at the Map of the Walls of Rome.

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This site is complemented by another site on the itineraries suggested by Vasi to visit Rome in eight (very busy) days.