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The Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza – Secret Rome

The Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza – Secret Rome

Today I want to tell you about Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

It is a small gem of Rome, which many have seen at least once in the photo. The Sapienza complex, whose first location was in Trastevere (it was moved to Corso Rinascimento around the 16th century), was the first university complex in the capital. The “studium…Continue Reading

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Insula dell’Ara Coeli – Secret Rome

Insula dell’Ara Coeli – Secret Rome

The Roman Insula of the Ara Coeli takes us back to imperial Rome

We could define it as an ante litteram condominium, one of the very few that have come down to us. The remains of other insulae were found near San Paolo Alla Regola and near Palazzo Valentini, but this is the only one to…Continue Reading

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Secret Rome: the basement of San Martino ai Monti

Secret Rome: the basement of San Martino ai Monti

The Basilica of San Martino ai Monti is located on Colle Oppio near the Colosseum

and its exact name is Basilica of Santi Silvestro and Martino ai Monti. Why did I go to visit the church of San Martino ai Monti? Because while I was looking for some exciting guided tours to participate in, I discovered…Continue Reading

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Underground Rome: the Bunkers of Villa Torlonia

Underground Rome: the Bunkers of Villa Torlonia

In Rome, many places of the city’s past history are hidden, often little known

In October 2019 I went to visit, thanks to a guided tour, the bunkers of Villa Torlonia, after having already visited the bunker of Villa Ada and the bunker of Monte Soratte. Why do we speak of the Villa Torlonia bunker in…Continue Reading

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Secret Rome: discovering the historical centre

Secret Rome: discovering the historical centre

Would you like to go for a walk through Secret Rome, to discover its unusual and little-known stories? So let’s go for a walk around the historic centre, from the Tiber island up to the octopus pacis, to discover a secret Rome. What do you know about the legend of Aesculapius and the snake that…Continue Reading