A Jacobite Gazetteer - Rome

Orto Botanico

The Botanical Gardens of Rome, located at Largo Cristina di Svezia 24, were formerly the private gardens of the Palazzo Corsini. King James III and VIII was in the habit of walking in these gardens.

The gardens have changed little in the last 250 years. Many of the architectural elements date from the time of King James. The Fountain of the Tritons was built around 1750 by Ferdinando Fuga. 1 The Monumental Staircase, also by Fuga, dates from 1732.

Fountain of the Tritons
Fountain of the Tritons
Monumental Staircase
Monumental Staircase

The botanical gardens are open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The entrance is at the end of Via Corsini which passes to the south of Palazzo Corsini. (Telephone: 39.06.68300937; website: http://www.unimo.it/ortobot/horti/CD/Roma1/Roma1home.html).


1 Ferdinando Fuga was born in Florence in 1699 and died in Rome in 1781. He is best known for the facade of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and for his redesign of the Palazzo Corsini; he also built a number of palaces and villas in Naples.

Image 1 (Fountain of the Tritons): © Noel S. McFerran 2001.

Image 2 (Monumental Staircase): © Noel S. McFerran 2001.

This page is maintained by Noel S. McFerran (noel.mcferran@rogers.com) and was last updated November 8, 2003.
© Noel S. McFerran 2000-2003.