Piazza Cavour, and the Adriano, Rome!!

Let me update this old post very old from 2013. It needs revision of its text and  links since then. Do not know why of the so many squares in Rome, this one is my favorite. Maybe, it is because so close to the castel Sant Angelo (see post) and its wonderful ponte  Umberto I bridge; the area is just sublime me think. Let me tell you a bit on the Piazza Cavour and the wonderful cinema theater Adriano. Hope you enjoy it as I.

So this is Rome in Italy of course. I have been several times and even came on vacation with the family. Lots of old stone all around and plenty of history even if the architecture is better.  I like to expand on an area that we like a lot and can be long, bear with me. I took the family here and we had lunches here very nice and lots of memories on happy times for me. This is Piazza Cavour and the fountains , and my son… and monuments around it especially the Cinema Adriano! 

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Piazza Cavour is located between Piazza Adriana and via Triboniano in the Prati district of Rome. The square, dedicated to the Piedmontese statesman Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, is located in an area partially occupied by the Prata Neronis, which takes its name from the entire parish.  In the central garden, created between 1895 and 1911, there is a monument dedicated to the Statesman: a bronze statue on a pedestal with a granite platform and a marble pedestal, surrounded by allegories of Italy and Rome, of thought and Action. The monument, started in 1885, was completed in 1895, ten years after the laying of the first stone.  In the square there is an evangelical Church of Vaud, the House of the community of the Roman Faithful, and the Faculty of Theology, as well as the cinema Adriano .The monumental rear façade of the courthouse in Rome, nicknamed the Palazzaccio, can also be noticed.


Piazza Cavour is rectangular in shape  as a whole is a very elegant square, with a beautiful garden with palms and in the center of the square there is the bronze statue in honor of Count Cavour , dedicated to the famous statesman Camillo Benso, born in Turin in 1810 and died in Rome in 1861, the architect of the unification of Italy. The statue was placed in the square in 1895, in the presence of the Royal family. The monument   is also formed by a large base with groups of bronze statues. On one side of the Piazza Cavour you can see the Waldensian Church, and the Cinema Teatro Adriano. On the side of the Palazzaccio there is the mole Adriana, the garden of Castel Sant’Angelo called the Mole Adriana and the Castle, already mausoleum of Hadrian. The square is located on part of the Prata Neronis area.

And of course why not tell you where we have our lunch each time in Piazza Cavour for the last 10 years! until 2018 well at the Gran Caffe Cavour. Need to verified as heard service has been down lately in 2020.Webpage restaurant guru has some insights into it here: https://fr.restaurantguru.com/Caffe-Cavour-Rome-2


Today the area is one of the most beautiful in Rome and is intensely populated. Over the centuries, because of its military character during the urbanization, an area was called Piazza D’Armi, or Arms square , and in 1881 were built barracks today there are the barracks of the Army and of the Carabinieri. During this period the first palaces were built, in 1900 the first trams arrived, and in 1921 the Prati district was officially constituted.   The elegant garden of Piazza Cavour were made in 1910, the flowerbeds are adorned with numerous specimens of palms of various species, purchased from the municipality of Ventimiglia, there are also plants of Oleander and Laurel.

Other monuments there are the Palazzo Giustizia, also called in an ironic way by the Romans “Palazzaccio“, was built between 1888 and 1911, after the unification of Italy. The Palazzo Giustizia today is the seat of the Supreme Court of Justice (Cassation). The twin fountains of Palazzo Giustizia, and Piazza Cavour are behind the Palazzo Giustizia, behind by the Piazza dei Tribunals. They are formed by an architraved gable, adorned with a rosette and two lateral blind medallions, which rests on a partially protruding frieze punctuated by alternating triglyphs and supported by two pillars and volutes. A large central shelf under the eardrum hides the fissure from which the water gushes out which in wide fan is gathered in a shell of elongated shape, which connects, to the rest of the composition by means of ornamental scrolls. From the shell, through semicircular grooves, the water drains into the tank below. Fontana Dell’androne di Palazzo Gisutizia (fountain) is leaning against the wall, consisting of a top cup from which emerge 2 dolphins with the tails straight and crossed between them to support a sphere. The bowl is in the shape of a goblet on a narrow central foot and is all covered by vertical ribs. At the foot of the tank there are two fish placed symmetrically, each of which has a straight top tail so as to twist the ring. The set rests on a graffiti rock that insists on a mistilinear ground bathtub, the fountain is not active.


The palace known as the Casa Madre dei Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra or the  House of the Mutilated and Invalids of War was built between 1925 and 1928, another section  was added in 1936. The inauguration of the building, not yet completed, occurred in the presence of King Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Helena, on November 4, 1928, the tenth anniversary of the Armistice of WWI. This is in Piazza Adriana just around from Piazza Cavour.


 Ponte Cavour leads from Piazza del Porto di Ripetta, to via Tomacelli, which leads towards via Condotti and Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna, and on the other side it leads to Piazza Cavour. The bridge connects the Campo Marzio district with the Lungotevere dei Mellini. The Cavour bridge was opened to transit in 1901; the bridge is a typical city bridge, with low cones extended by an elegant pillow way, the arches are all sixth similar to Ponte Regina Margherita. The bridge has 5 arches, 110 meters long, 20.50 meters wide.

And one spot there we have been with the family and part of the title of my post. The Teatro Adriano , also known as Politeama Adriano and Cinéma Adriano, is a cinema and an old theater located on Piazza Cavour.   The  façade has a central arch crowned by a pediment and is punctuated by two orders of arches on pillars and columns. Inaugurated in 1898, with a representation of the opera of Amilcare Ponchielli La Gioconda led by Edoardo Mascheroni. From 1936 to 1946 the theater hosted the concerts of the National Academy of Sainta Cecilia, and was restructured into performances and concert halls.Throughout the first half of the 1900’s, was the largest capacity theatre in Rome with its 5000 seats, and on its scenes were represented operas, dances, comedies, prose dramas, operettas, and even circus shows. On horseback between the two World Wars, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, held here concerts. In 1965, the theater hosted two evenings of the Beatles ‘ concerts. The Theater Adriano was sold in 1984, and transformed into the Cinema Adriano. The multiroom cinema opened in 2000, and is now part of the Ferrero group. The webpage on Massimo Ferrero Adriano cinema here: http://www.ferrerocinemas.com/adriano/infocinema.php


The Rome tourist office on Piazza Cavour in English: https://www.turismoroma.it/en/places/piazza-cavour

I told you there is lots to see in Rome other than old stones.. and to see it all best is to walk the beat or if tired use the bus network above ground, you see more ::) The Piazza Cavour is wonderful to spent time there and a movie at Adriano well is tops even in Italian! Hope you enjoy the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Piazza Cavour, and the Adriano, Rome!!”

  1. I enjoyed this. I studied Italian unification at University.

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