In places normally hard to find - or hidden in plain sight - an unsuspectable journey through stories, characters and places to inspire a new way of thinking about an unequaled mystery: Rome. - Inside a small and barely noticed church (where a scene of Tom Hanks in 'Angels and Demons' was shot), we’ll find the most important sculptural masterpiece of Baroque art. - The exact place where Caesar was assassinated (and remember the conflicting reasons why). - The square uncharacteristically named after a courtesan "maintained by the high order” (the Borgias). - Come across Rome's most ancient defensive walls still standing, (why they were so short, yet tough enough to repel Hannibal during the Second Punic War). - The 13th-century frescoes illustrating one of the most sensational fakes in western history. - Michelangelo's Moses: Why did he defined the statue as “the tragedy of my life”? What is Moses frowning upon, according to Freud? - At a church covered with slabs snatched from the Colosseum, we’ll come upon one of the most touching paintings the seventeenth century has left us. - Reach out to a mysterious villa, the only vestige of how the piedmontese thought of erecting the principal ministries of the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946). - Where and why an 'ugly' statue, made in 1571, became a symbol of the street to which it gave its name.
After living and studying for 8 years in Rome (graduated in Rome-based John Cabot University), I have developed a passion for exploring the hidden side of the Eternal City. As a Licensed Tour Manager, my purpose in this journey is to unveil the fascinating and often unexplored art, ambience, and history of an authentic Rome, little known by most passing visitors. The proposed mode of action is at once adventurous, interactive, investigative and insightful.
- Observe with wonder the (unresolved) mystery of a notable 12th-century mosaic in Trastevere. - Visit the ‘Monument to the Plebs of Rome’ (which is not technically a monument). - The lost area of the Bath of Diocletian still discernible outside the archeological site. - Where Saint Sebastian is said to have been martyred. - The Roman gateway that had to be monumentalized and 're-dedicated' to boost the negative publicity of the Emperor.