Rome today is one of the most important tourist destinations of the world. Perhaps you've had the chance to enjoy some of its archaeological and art treasures, it's a city full of history and offers countless things to see and do. Historic views of Rome with its classical architecture, excavations and surrounding countryside also provide a wealth of interest for print collectors.
The work "Corografia dell' Italia" by Giuseppe Orlandini from which the etching below is taken, was possibly the most expensive work ever brought out at the cost to a private individual of 20,000L. It contained a series of Atlases of all Italy. The illustrative portion of the work contains numerous buildings of which no other engravings exist. Parts included: Portions of Italy Lucca and Tuscany, Potifical States, San Marino, Naples & Sicily, the Italian Islands; being the most complete storehouse of information which ever appeared and which no other work can supply.
Remains of Palaces built by the Emperors on the Palatine Hill Palazzo Augustale Rome antique etching, print by Orlandini & Parboni c1840. "Avanzi del Palazzo Augustale detto Maggiore in Roma" from Corografia fisica, storica e statistica dell'Italia e delle sue isole by Attilio Zuccagni-Orlandini 1837-1845 (Physical, historical and statistical chorography of Italy and its Islands)Published in Florence Italy c1840. Engraved by Achille Parboni.
This view shows the then remains of the Palazzo Augustale in Rome near the Circus Maximus. The remains of Palaces built by the Emperors on the Palatine Hill. The Palatine Hill, which is the centre most of the Seven Hills of Rome, is one of the most ancient parts of the city and has been called "the first nucleus of the Roman Empire." It stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. From the time of Augustus Imperial palaces were built here. The term palace, from Old French palais or paleis, stems ultimately from the proper name of Palatine Hill.
Giuseppe Orlandini, changed his name to Attilio Zuccagni-Orlandini (Fiesole, 1784 - Florence, 1872). He was an Italian cartographer and geographer. Registered at the registry office as Giuseppe Orlandini he changed his identity to Attilio Zuccagni-Orlandini in memory of his maternal uncle the botanist Attilio Zuccagni, of which he became heir.
If you have an interest in historic views of Rome you can see more etchings from Orlandini's "Corografia dell' Italia" HERE