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Secret Rome. Halloween edition.

Although the Eternal City is appreciated and very famous in the world for the history and art that go through it and the breathtaking views from the top of its countless terraces, many do not know that, in addition to the historical and artistic cultural aspect, Rome enjoys also of a small heritage of slightly scary and slightly supernatural events... Halloween is coming, there is no better time to discover an unusual side of Rome...

Castel Sant'Angelo and the ghosts of Beatrice Cenci and Mastro Titta.


Castel Sant'Angelo is a symbolic place of Rome, built on the imposing mausoleum of Adrian. The Castle was also a prison, among the most feared in the Rome of the Popes Era, especially under Clement VIII, as a place used for capital executions, carried out by the executioner Mastro Titta whose soul seems to wander around the square in front of the Bridge, as Beatrice Cenci’s would , with her head under her arm. Caravaggio was also present at the execution of Beatrice on the Sant'Angelo bridge and depicted Beatrice killing her father in a famous painting.



The Doll's Hospital.

 It is a somewhat gloomy place, a few steps away from Piazza del Popolo. Passing in front of the old shop window, the unpleasant surprise effect is guaranteed. In fact, inside you can see broken doll heads stacked on top of each other, some without eyes, and pieces of arms and legs filling the already unappealing view of the shop.

The Doll's Hospital is a historic reality in Rome, and has been fixing dolls for more than 60 years! Don't miss the opportunity to enter and closely observe such a rare art in the world! Although scary at first, it is actually a cute experience to make.


The Museum of the Souls of Purgatory. 

 Inside the Sacristy of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage church there is the museum of paranormal activities. The church, also known as "the little Cathedral", is located on the Lungotevere Prati, and was built in 1890 for the Suffrage of the souls in Purgatory by Don Jouet, who following a paranormal event that occurred after a fire inside the church, decided to collect as many testimonies as possible on the existence of souls in purgatory, who try to contact the living. The relics bear imprints of the souls on various books and sacred objects for example. A museum that certainly offers a thrilling experience.


The Capuchins of via Veneto.

 In the basement of the church of the Immaculate Conception, you'll find a very particular crypt verging on the macabre, "embellished" with decorations made with human bones. The church, built in 1630, had been occupied by the Capuchin Friars, who had also brought with them the remains of the deceased religious.

In the middle of the following century, between 1732 and 1735, the crypt was built to bury the new deceased and therefore give a new and rightful place to the bones of the friars who had been exhumed for the occasion. The place has walls completely covered in skulls and skeletons, some still wearing their habits. Experience not for the faint of heart.


Non-Catholic Cemetery.

A place certainly on the subject of Halloween, but with a less adventurous and more romantic "spirit". The non-Catholic cemetery is a place to visit at least once, while in Rome, preferably with organized cemetery guides, who know very particular and unusual stories about many of the beautiful funerary monuments and people buried, taking you through the three historic areas of the location.
Don't miss a visit to Keats' tomb, the wonderful sculpture of the “angel of pain” by William Wetmore Story and finally the burial of Frankenstein's author: Mary Shelley.


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