Not only famous monuments and piazzas, but also curious and secret places. Here you find 5 unusual things to see in the Eternal city, which even some locals don’t know about!
- The magic door of Piazza Vittorio
This door used to be a part of a famous villa, called Villa Palombara, and now it is located into the garden of piazza Vittorio, close to Termini station. Two statues of the ancient Egyptian deity Bes are its “supervisors” and someone says that it may shield the secret of the philosopher’s stone.
- The Tureen of via Vittorio
It is not so far from Piazza Navona: this is a really peculiar fountain because…it has a lid! It used to be located in campo De’ Fiiori, but the Pope Gregorio XV decided to relocated it, because it was used to wash fruits and vegetables. Its nickname was chosen by Romans to make fun of it.
- The optical illusion of via Piccolomini
Via Niccolò Piccolomini is a small street in Rome where you have the feeling of being in front of the St. Peter’s Dome. Something strange happens here: the closer you get, the smaller the Dome becomes. If you step back, the Dome will appear bigger and closer. Go and have a look!
- The “motorized” painting of Rubens
Rubens painted a work entitled Angels Adoring the Madonna Vallicelliana, which is displayed in the church of Santa Maria Valicella. It incorporates a special feature, a panel that could be removed to reveal behind it the holy image it was designed to protect. The priest usually moves it with a remote control after the Saturday Mass.
- The Zuccari Palace
Close to Spanich Steps, this palace seems to be like others. But it’s not true. It is also known as “a monster house” because its door and windows are monsters’ faces with their mounths wide open.
Rome is a city to discover…Don’t you think?