The Holy Stairs

The Holy Stairs

The 28 steps that compose the Holy Staircase, are located opposite the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, surrounded by beautiful frescoes.  According to Roman Catholic tradition, the Holy Stairs were the steps that Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion, leading up to the Praetorium […]

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The Forced Perspective by Borromini

The Forced Perspective Gallery by Borromini

Palazzo Spada offers an extraordinary Forced Perspective Gallery made by the Baroque genius Francesco Borromini (1599-1667).  A Forced Perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger, or smaller than it actually is.  The Perspective was built for Cardinal Bernardino Spada in 1653. The Gallery retains its formidable ability to deceive […]

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The crypt of the Capuchin Friars

The Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria Della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Via Veneto, in the center of Rome. It contains the bones and mummified remains of an estimated 4,000 persons. Far from being a macabre spectacle, the Capuchin order believes the remains of former persons […]

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Roman Cat Sanctuary

Roman Cat Sanctuary

Rome’s Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary, located among the ruins of the Largo Argentina archaeological area, has provided shelter, food, and love to roman cats in the city center. The cats are living freely in the ruins as guardians identified by a specific name. One of the places loved by cats is the ruins of the […]

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Quartiere Coppedè

The Coppedè District

It is not a real District, but it is a “corner of Rome” consisting of 26 buildings and 17 villas/houses, designed by the Architect Gino Coppedè, from which it takes the name, between 1915 and 1927 and completed, after his death, by Paolo Emilio Andrè. This quarter is unique thanks to its architecture: a mix […]

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Colosseo Quadrato

The Square Colosseum

A building called Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana or Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro stands in Rome, in the EUR District. It is well-known as “Colosseo Quadrato” (Square Colosseum) for the sequence of arches that characterizes the original Colosseum. The majestic building was designed by a trio of Architects, G. Guerrini, E. Lapadula, M. Romani in […]

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The Cannon of Gianicolo’s Tradition

On April 21, 1959, an ancient tradition was restarted. Since that day, at noon, the cannon of Gianicolo fires a shot in unison with the bells of the Churches of Rome. This tradition was introduced by Pope Pio IX on December 1, 1847, to have a common single signal for defining the official time. Initially, […]

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Casina delle civette foto

The Casina Delle Civette

The Casina delle Civette is situated in Rome, in the Villa Torlonia. It was the residence of Prince Giovanni Torlonia until 1938, the year of his death. Originally, the building was a simple “Swiss Cabin” in rustic style, designed by Giuseppe Jappelli. The building was commissioned by Alessandro Torlonia, the uncle of Giovanni, to escape […]

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Uphill in a downhill

At kilometer 11,600 of the road that connects Ariccia, Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata, nearby Rome, there is an unusual phenomenon where it seems that the gravitational field is reversed. The street appears to be uphill, but, when you place an item on the ground, instead of descending, it climbs up, even the cars do […]

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The Church Within a Church

The Church of Saint Ignazio di Loyola in Rome, located in front of the square dedicated to the Saint, contains an amazing fresco: The Glory of Saint Ignazio. If you enter and look-up, the immense fresco painted by Andrea Pozzo between 1961 and 1964, seems to create a church within a church. The ceiling, in […]

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