Often Roma is defined as an open-air museum that offers wonderful works and testimonies of man's entire history. Walking among the monuments, life, through its squares, large and small, one is seduced and charmed and if its buildings or the most famous archaeological ruins already know the historical news, often it is not very aware of the amount of curiosity and legends that the city can whisper from multiple sites and hidden corners that the city has to offer.
For this, albeit small, we want to propose a list of curiosities and legends that can enrich the unique atmosphere when you dive through the streets of Rome and then, maybe, come back and propose a number of other details to discover in this city so exciting.
The Magic Door Piazza Vittorio
The Magic door, also known as Porta Alchemica, It is in the midst of Piazza Vittorio, a short walk from Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The door was one of the Villa Palombara access, which it is the only remaining testimony. Protected by two statues of the Egyptian god Bes, It contains engravings, seems, indicate the formula to turn any metal into pure gold. The legend attached to it said that once hosted the Marquis a pilgrim, who asked for permission to collect the herbs in the garden, to do experiments. The Marquis, student of history, philosophy and magic intrigued by the request agreed. The next morning, the pilgrim had disappeared, no one had seen out of the building and place dell'esperito was found the gold dust and a scroll bearing the indecipherable inscriptions. The Marquis tried to interpret the riddle and, and failed, I had carved on the door in the hope that someone, in the future, could solve.
So the legend, Many have tried, It might be interesting to give it a try, you never know.
The Soup bowl is a fountain whose exact name is Fountain of Tureen, designed and built by Giacomo della Porta in 1590. Why the nickname given to her is bound to a story that explains well from where originated the character of the Roman people, when it is expressed in witty and burlesque. the post office Campo de 'Fiori it was used, in the market days, by traders to wash their products; vegetables, fish and whatever else. At the time,, we speak of the seventeenth century, era Pope Gregory XV considered that this behavior an insult and decided to realize a bizarre cover, to avoid the use of uncivilized, by reaction citizens they started calling the fountain Soup bowl as a mockery of the act performed by the Pope. The fountain remained there until 1899, in its place he was later installed a statue of Giordano Bruno. Now you can see in the way of the New Church, near Santa Maria in Vallicella where we will discover another particular curiosity.
The Framework "motorized" by Rubens
In Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella is a very particular altarpiece to the realization of which is linked to a miraculous story. In the sacristy of the church, now the headquarters of one of the houses of the Oratory congregation San Filippo, the same Father Philip himself a '400 fresco that was in a little place away from the church; the premises of the stove, a kind of public toilet. A blasphemous boy had thrown a stone at the image depicted the Madonna who then weeping blood. The fathers decided that the framework was to remain discovered to be worshiped. Over time, But, the portrait began to deteriorate, so, it was decided to commission Rubens an altarpiece that could guard the miraculous icon. Rubens casseir, so, a baroque machine that could hide or show, the intentions, the image of the Virgin. Even today you can witness this true ritual, In fact, during the evening Mass you can see down the work of Rubens making it appear that the fresco in the evening Sunday Mass dates from hiding again. It 'a small miracle that gives unexpected emotion, and it is worth making a stop at this little church that can surprise even with the works contained, such as the frescoes of Pietro da Cortona.