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When in Rome Find the Hidden Treasures

July 27, 2011 Carlino's Restaurant no comments

Spotlight On Rome’s Hidden Treasures

It has been said that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so it stands to reason that you can’t see and do everything in this amazing city during your 8 days. You know by now that the Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peters, the Vatican and the Pantheon are must-see items.

And yet, there are treasures a bit off the beaten path that are worth a look. You want lasting impressions? Visit the church of Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola, the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the church of San Luigi dei Francesi.

Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola is located in the city center off of Via del Corso and not far from Piazza Venezia. Enter the church and view its impressive dome located near the front altar. Take a few steps forward. Guess what? The dome is an optical illusion painted on a flat wooden surface. Visitors often enjoy shifting positions in the church to understand at what point the dome begins to appear flat.

San Luigi di Francesi is located in the city center near Piazza Navona. It is the French national church that was built in the 1500s and is the home of three famous Caravaggio paintings: the Calling of St. Matthew,” “The Martyrdom of St. Matthew” and “St. Matthew and the Angel.”

Santa Maria degli Angeli is located in Piazza Reppublica, which may be reached with Metro A. A fellow by the name of Michelangelo planned out this church along the ruins of the ancient Roman baths of Diocletian. The beautiful thing? These sites are free.

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