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Villa Borghese – Rome

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Located north of the famous Spanish Steps Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome. The stunning park offers the visitors a breath-taking view over the Eternal City from the Pincio (Pincian Hill of ancient Rome). However this is not the only attraction that Villa Borghese presents; the park houses a lake, temples, statues, fountains and museums.

There are two main entrances to the Villa: from Piazzale Flaminio, near Piazza del Popolo, and from Porta Pinciana situated at the end of Via Veneto.

In the late Roman Republic period this area was known as Gardens of Lucullus. During the 16th century it became a vineyard and in 1605 Cardinal Scipione Borghese turned it into a landscape garden, the biggest built in Rome since the Roman period. The park was developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana (Borghese Villa on the Pincian Hill) that the Cardinal used both as party villa and to display his art collection. The Cardinal himself prepared some sketches for the project.

During the 18th century an artificial lake was created in the middle of the park; a century later the gardens were remodeled in a more natural way following the English taste.

In 1903 the city of Rome bought the Villa from the Borghese family and opened it to the public. Few years later, in 1911, the park housed the World Exposition; many of the pavilions built still exist. Here is located the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.

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The Galleria Borghese is the most famous museum between the ones present in the park. It is housed in the Villa Borghese Pinciana and showcases a stunning collection of sculptures and paintings from masters like Canova, Bernini, Titian and Rafael.

The park accommodates also the Museo Nazionale Etrusco.

Walking around the park visitors can enjoy the view of a gorgeous amphitheatre (Piazza di Siena), the 18th century Arch of Settimio Severo and a beautiful botanical garden.

The original Triton statues of the Moor Fountain of Piazza Navona were brought here while in the fountain are now display replicas from the 19th century.

Capuchin Crypt – Rome

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Concealed under the 17th century church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappucini there is the unique Capuchin Crypt. Located in the elegant Via Veneto, near the beautiful Piazza Barberini, the Crypt is decorated with bones of almost 4000 Capuchin friars.

In 1631 the monks left their old monastery and moved here.

Pope Urban VII requested that the soil of the crypt should be brought from Jerusalem.

The Capuchins transported with them the remains of 300 friars; it was Fr. Michael of Bergamo that took care of the arrangement of the deceased monks’ bones.

Since the beginnings the Order stressed out that the bones are shown in order to make the people reflect on subjects of life and death and not to frighten.

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The Capuchin Crypt is a small site composed by six little chapels.

Many of the bones are nailed to the walls forming elaborate decors or are hanging out of the ceiling being used as light fixtures.

Only the Mass Chapel does not contain bones; the chapel was in fact used to celebrate Mass and after the battle of Porta Pia it was also utilized to bury the Papal infantry that died defending the Papal States.

The other five chapels contain the bones of the friars died between 1528 and 1870.