Sometimes, when I am in Roma, I will get onto a bus, or a tram, and then just get off at a stop that I’m not familiar with. From there, I begin to explore that particular section of the city. This is a good way to find things that you might not ordinarily have seen. I love the monument in the middle of Piazza Cavour. The monument, a tribute to Camillo Cavour, after whom the piazza is named, was unveiled in 1895, and it is still splendid to behold, today. Set inbetween the Piazza and the Arno, is the majestic Corte Suprema di Cassazione, or the Supreme Court.If you walk across Ponte Sant’ Angelo to the other side of the river, you will find yourself in front of the church , San Giovanni de Fiorentini. Go inside! Not only is this a very beautiful church, but it holds a secret treasure. For the cost of a small donation, you will be accompanied into the Museo di arte sacra, or the museum of sacred art. This is a must for any art lover. You will find priceless works of art here, including a piece by Michelangelo. Head down Via Giulia until you come to Via del Gonfalone. At #29, which used to be a prison, you will find the Museo Criminologico MUCRI. This is a museum that tells the history of Rome’s past criminals, from medieval times to now, with artifacts and weapons, photos, and actual devices that were used as forms of punishment. There is even one room that is filled with items that the authorities have confiscated over the years – it is fascinating!Even the ceiling of the post office in Roma is beautiful. The one that I normally go to, back in Queens, NY, looks nothing like this!
Next up: a trip to the Capitoline Museums.
Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any translations which may appear. If you enjoyed this post, please check out the archives for additional posts on bella Roma, as well as other Italian destinations……Grazie!