Sala Rossa Campidoglio
The Red Room of the Campidoglio, headquarters of the City of Rome, is the ideal location for a grand style wedding.
Framed by the Roman Forum, in the Piazza del Campidoglio, in a sixteenth-century building on the Buonarroti project, on the ground floor is the Red Room, made available by city hall to perform civil rites in one of the most beautiful architectural spaces in Rome.
The Hall takes its name from the predominant color of the upholstery and carpets that decorate it. An elegant and sumptuous setting for a regal ceremony with about 70 people.
Inside there are memorabilia, archaeological finds, objects of pagan and Christian Rome and paintings of the sixteenth century by Francesco Bassano.
A majestic Michelangelo’s staircase, called “Cordonata”, leads to Piazza del Campidoglio, which houses two twin palaces: Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, venues of the wonderful Capitoline Museums. In the centre Senatorio Palace, headquarters of the Mayor of Rome and the Red Room.
The present appearance of Piazza del Campidoglio dates back to 1500 when Pope Paul III commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to restore and recover the capitol area. The entrance to the square is in the presence of the colossal statues of the Dioscuri, Castore and Polluce, whilst the equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio stands in the centre.
The michelangiolesca square of trapezoidal shape, embellished with statues and a Buonarroti centrifugal pavement, creates the form of a throne recalling the splendor of ancient Rome.
Piazza del Campidoglio can be considered the real center of Rome. The Campidoglio, in fact, being the smallest of the seven hills in Rome, is the first of its kind. Formerly a sacerdotal headquarters, from the 12th century it was used as the headquarters of the Senate, reaffirming itself as the centerpiece of the political and religious activities of Rome. The difficult approach (it was closed off on three sides) and the dominant position on the Tiber enabled the Campidoglio to become a stronghold.
What makes the Red Room unique is its peculiar position. Piazza del Campidoglio boasts three panoramic terraces. Two, to the right and left of the Senatorio Palace, overlook the Roman Forum, a wonderful glimpse into the ruins of imperial Rome. The third, the cafeteria Terrace of the Capitoline Museums, looks at the area of the Olitorio Forum, where the Marcello Theater, built by Augusto for the beloved nephew, towers as the absolute protagonist.