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Uphill in a downhill

At kilometer11,600 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 so. […]

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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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Wooden Miniature of the Temple of Christ the King

In the Church of Saint Ignazio da Loyola, on the right nave, you will be fascinated by this amazing creation, realized by Vincenzo Pandolfi (1975-2005). The idea of the opera is the unification of the various religions into one unique Church wishing the abolitions of all wars in the world! The model was built with […]

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Via Piccolomini’s Optical Illusion

Via Piccolomini is a street of Rome, close to the Gianicolo Hill, in a higher position than the rest of the city able to offer a wonderful view of Saint Peter’s Dome. This street hides a specific architectural aspect that produces a particular optical effect: Going along the street, when moving closer to the Dome, […]

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The Secret of Rome

In the Aventino Hill, there is a square that hides the secret of the city: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, where it is possible to see an ancient door, the entrance of the Villa del Priorato di Malta. If you peak trough the keyhole of this door you can discover an incredible view: Saint Peter’s […]

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The Flat Dome of the Saint Ignazio Church

The Church of Saint Ignazio is situated in Rome between Via del Corso and Piazza del Pantheon. This Church is unique and amazing because its dome was not built for structural and economic issues. To overcome the inconvenience and not leave the Church unfinished, in 1685 Andrea Pozzo created a special fresco using a three-dimensional […]

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The “Nasoni” of Rome

If while walking around our city you get thirsty, feel free to drink water from the Nasoni! These particular fountains that are spread all over Rome bring drinkable water to everyone.

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Does it rain in the Pantheon?

The worldwide famous monument known as the Pantheon has a particular aspect to it. It has a big hole in the middle of its dome. With the rainy season the question comes up: does in rain in the Pantheon? It partly does!

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The Sampietrini

When you are in Rome, don’t look just the art in front or over of you. Look also down. You will meet the Sanpietrini, some small stone blocks, made from an extrusive rock typical of the volcanic areas around Rome. They decorate the beautiful streets of Rome. Their name derives from the fact they were […]

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The bells of Rome

It’s not generally known that Rome is the city in the world with the largest number of bells! In Italy the bell tolls mark the times of the day, especially during festivities, not causing bother to the common people of course: a religious arrangement says the bells can’t play before 7 am. St.Peter’s Basilica has […]

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