Piazza Garibaldi we can go down beside Via Pacifici and then
we'll arrive at Piazza Santa Croce. The square takes its name
from Santa Croce door, near the Estensi stables in Largo Garibaldi,
destroyed in 1889 for practicability reasons. The square is
embellished by a gorgeous gotical mullioned window with two
lights, attributed to the sculptor Angelo da Tivoli, mounted
in the front of the Serra-Nobili palace (XV century) at the
civic number 19.
We can go on into Via del Trevio, Tivoli's
main street, a narrow street surrounded by buildings of the
XVI century as Palazzotto Cenci-Alberici at the civic number
9. Passed the ex Largo Cesare Battisti, we'll arrive in Piazza
Plebiscito or Piazza della Regina, dominated by San Biagio
church. From here we can go on along Via Palatina, from the
latin Palatium, where is possible to admire, at the civic
number 25, Palazzo Fucci (XV century), until to reach Piazza
Bell-tower of S.Michele's church
to the left we can go into San Paolo quarter. Welcomes
us the characteristic Piazza delle erbe, heart of the
communal Tivoli, in which the most important activities
of the city life happened: the square was the market place
(economic centre); in it there were San Michele Arcangelo
church (religious centre), with its wonderful fourteenth
century bell-tower, and the building of the Arengo (seat
for the public meetings and town hall); a tower-house
ruled to defence everything.
here we cover Via del Seminario, in defence of which was built
one of the biggest tower-house of the city.
Also this way
is famous for the presence of some buildings of the XVI and
XVII century, as those at the civic number 25 and 23, in which
there are a lot of frescos and decorations of the XVII-XVIII
century. Then we'll arrive to Piazza del Seminario, on which
reigns the building of the ex Episcopal seminary. Over the
architrave of the main door there is a memorial plaque of
the construction of that building and over again the bishop
Giulio Roma's coat of arms, who ordered to demolish the ancient
church of San Paolo and built here the aforesaid building.
Via della Canonica
here we come back in Via del Seminario, until meet, on
the right, Vicolo Scalinata, a street with steps of the
roman age which takes to Piazza Selci.
At the half of
the stairs, on the right, we'll take for Via del Tempio
d'Ercole, a way full of buildings of the middle ages,
excepted Palazzo Coccanari-De Fornari, at the civic number
5, of the XV century.
The building, nowadays under repair, was ceded by the Coccanari
family to the Tivoli's Commune to use it as a library.
We meet on our left another tower-house, built at the corner
with Via Canonica near the ex S.Alessandro church. We can
descend in Via Canonica, so arriving to Piazza del Duomo.
We overtake the
Mensa Ponderaria, the Augusteum and the
Cathedral, then the Macello's arch and, going to the right,
we arrive in Piazza Domenico Tani.