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History

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The Residenza di Ripetta is the home of remarkable history stretching back to 17th century. The old baroque convent, nestled in the heart of the historical center of Rome, hosts paintings, statues, precious sculptures and magnificent frescoes that date as far back as the 1600s. Located between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps.

 The Residenza di Ripetta is a site of history, art and modern luxury. Throughout the centuries, the Residenza di Ripetta provided shelter for religious, unmarried girls ‘endowed with good talent and lively and generous compassion’ to ‘keep them away from the dangers of the world and preserve their virtues, until the opportunity of either a marriage or becoming nuns’.

The original convent, known as ‘Conservatorio della Divina Providenza (shelter of Divine Providence)’, developed and grew over centuries thanks to the generous papal support. One of the most honourable donors was Pope Innocenzo XI, whose marble bust (dating 17th century) is now located in the main ballroom- a former church of the convent.

 In 1682, the Pope donated to the convent annual taxes paid by the wine, wood and coal merchants and the “barcaroli” (boatmen)- workers of the adjacent The Porto di Ripetta-the Baroque Italian port situated on the banks of the River Tiber.

 In 1828 the renowned and established Institution significantly grew in size after providing asylum for the pupils from the former conservatory of St. Pasquale Baylon. In 1861 the monastery converted into a female Catholic school, under the guidance of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy.

 

In 1861 the monastery converted into a female Catholic school, under the guidance of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy. Under this new reign, by 1876, its status changed to that of a non-profit organization devoted to the education of young orphan girls.

In 2009, was restored to its original splendour and equipped it with all facilities befitting a luxury hotel.

The ancient frescoes and charming Baroque sculptures were complimented by the collection of contemporary pieces of art, including works by Arnaldo Pomodoro and Sinisca.

Today, the Management and the Staff is proud to share with our guests the magnificence and splendour of the Residenza di Ripetta.