Italy | Roma


11.4. - 8.5. 1770 ● 16.6 - 10.7. 1770
The Mozarts finally arrived in the splendid Italian capital in Spring 1770. At first, Leopold and Wolfgang resided in private quarters, where they shared a king size bed. Soon enough, though, they developed good contacts to Roman society and relocated their quarters into the noble Palazzo Scatizzi. During the Easter holidays, they visited the Sistina Capella in Vatican to listen to Allegri’s “Miserere”, which was only permitted to be played there. Back in his room, little Wolfgang wrote down the whole opus from memory. Soon, they advanced to the table of the cardinals and their welcome was reported to have been warm. During May/June, they traveled on to the south with the destination Naples, returning to Rome in late June. At this point, W.A.Mozart was awarded by the pope with the “knight of the golden spur”. This order had been given to Gluck before, and father Leopold wrote to his wife:
“Can you imagine how I smile when hearing people refer to him as ’Signor Cavaliere’”


Rome – The elegant and fascinating capital city of Italy is build on seven hills.It was once the center of the Antique World and is still today the center of the Catholic Church with the Vatican City as the seat of the Pope. In the middle of the urban bustle of the Eteal City, proud tribute is paid to Imperial Rome with the Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and the Castel Sant´Angelo. The bright, aristocratic, vibrant squares of Piazza Navona, St. Peter´s Square or Campo de` Fiori are mode spaces, though connected forever by their impressive history with Roman daily life. The city is refreshed by playful fountains like the Fontana di Trevi. In churches, among them, Santa Maria Maggiore, Il Jesu or St. Peter´s Church, the Vatican Museum and other world-renowned collections, masterpieces of art and architecture are presented amid unforgettable surroundings. Rome – it also means a style of life and pleasure.
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Mozarts Journeys

  • 1st Journey to Italy
    1769 - 1771 Map

Mozart events

  • generally
  • Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
    Theatre / Concert / Opera

Following Mozart

  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Church of San Lorenzo in Damaso
    Piazza della Cancelleria
  • Altemps Palace
    via S.Apollinare 8
  • Church S. Agostino