Cortile del Belvedere, Rome

Cortile del Belvedere, Rome

The Cortile del Belvedere, the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramantefrom 1506 onwards and finished by Pirro Ligorio for Pius IV in 1562–65, was a major architectural work of the High Renaissance at the Vatican Palace in Rome. Its concept and details reverberating in courtyard design, formalized piazzas and garden plans throughout Western Europe for centuries. Conceived as a single enclosed space, the long Belvedere court connected the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs, and was contained on its sides by narrow wings. The whole visual scenography culminated in the semicircular exedra at the Villa Belvedere end of the court. This was set into a screening wall devised by Bramante to disguise the fact the villa facade was not parallel to the facing Vatican Palace facade at the other end. Sixtus V spoiled the unity of the Cortile (1585–90) by erecting a wing of the Vatican Library, which occupies the former middle terrace and bisects the space. The move is considered to be a conscious one, designed to screen the secular, even pagan nature of the Cortile and the collection of sculptures that Pope Adrian VI had referred to as "idols". Today the lowest terrace is still called the Cortile del Belvedere, but the separated upper terrace is called the Cortile della Pigna after the Pigna, a large Roman bronze pinecone, positioned in front of the niche.
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Sight Map

Sight Name: Cortile del Belvedere
Sight Location: Rome, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Vatican Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Rome, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rome is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Campo Marzio Walking Tour

Campo Marzio Walking Tour

Campo Marzio is a historic district of Rome, it covers part of the ancient Campus Martius (Fields of Mars) and is one of the largest amongst the remaining 14 historic districts. Campo Marzio is also the district that most Romans refer to as the city center or downtown of Rome. Each Roman district or "rione" in Italian, has its own ordinal number and coat of arms, as well as fascinating history and breathtaking attractions. Take this tour to explore Campo Marzio, the 4th rione of Rome.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour

Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour

The say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and that undoubtedly implies appreciating the enormous historical and architectural richness of the city, often – and rightly so – referred to as “eternal”. Stretching from Colosseum to Pantheon, this 3km-walk invites you to explore the most notable attractions of the Italian capital, including the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Campitelli & St'Angelo Walking Tour

Campitelli & St'Angelo Walking Tour

Campitelli and Sant'Angelo are two of Rome's oldest rioni (districts), they are located at the heart of ancient Rome and are home to the most sought after landmarks; such as the Colosseum, Theater of Marcellus, Temple of Saturn, and Arch of Constantine. Take this tour to explore Campitelli, the tenth rione, and Sant'Angelo, the eleventh and the smallest historic rione of Rome.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Pigna & Sant'Eustachio Walking Tour

Pigna & Sant'Eustachio Walking Tour

Pigna and Sant'Eustachio are two historic rioni (districts) of Rome, located near the city center. They are home to several famed landmarks of antiquity, notably the Pantheon. Take this tour to explore Sant'Eustachio, the 8th rione of Rome, and Pigna, the 9th rione.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Old Rome Walking Tour

Old Rome Walking Tour

Take this tour to explore Old Rome: Ponte, Parrione and Regola, the 5th, the 6th and the 7th rioni (districts) of the city. Ponte, Parrione and Regola are 3 of the remaining 14 historic districts of Rome, they comprise the territory between the Piazza Navona and the river Tiber, and are bordered on the south by the Piazza Farnese. They are home to several museums, like Rome's City Museum, as well as Palazzon Altemmps, Fountain of Neptune and much more.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Old Rome Nightlife Tour

Old Rome Nightlife Tour

Rome may not be known for having the kind of cutting edge nightlife found in cities like Berlin or London, guests to Rome will still find that solid party atmosphere that lasts all night long, with a more casual, unpretentious crowd. This Old Rome Nightlife Tour includes the best nightspots the city has to offer, where guests will be sure to have a great night of dancing, mingling and great cocktails.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

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