If you ask Italians what’s the most beautiful country in the world, it’s quite likely they will say Italy. And regarding to the city, they will say Rome. To be honest, there are a lot of charming places in this wonderful earth, but The Eternal City is truly one among the most beautiful in the world and it offers an impressive number of attractions to visit, maybe too many for those who stay in the town for just a few days, so that can be difficult choose what to see without some advices. We propose three of them, less-known gems that would be nice to visit during romantic holidays in Rome.
The church of Santa Maria of the Conception of the Capuchins
This is a small churc in Via Veneto (no. 27), erected between 1626 and 1631: it consists of an only nave with ten side chapels with relics and paintings by Guido Reni, Domenichino, and perhaps also by Caravaggio (attribution of Saint Francis in Prayer to him is recent). These beauties are definitely worth visiting, but probably the most fascinating attraction of this building (although a little macabre) is the crypt with the ossuary, whose walls are lined with the bones of over 4000 monks and in which there are also some mummified monks wearing their traditional robes. The entrance to the crypt is marked by a commemorative inscription that reads “We were what you are and what we are you will be.”
The Garden of Oranges
With this name Romans indicate Savello Park, a park located on the Aventine Hill whose name is due to the presence of numerous orange trees, while the official name derives from the family of the Savelli, that erected here their manor between 1285 and 1287 .The garden, along with the Pincio and the Janiculum, offers a privileged view of the city, visible in all its splendor.
The Basilica of St. Peter in Chains
Built in 442, this basilica was commissioned by the Empress Eudoxia Licinia to preserve the chains of St. Peter that his mother had received as a gift from the Patriarch of Jerusalem, as well those in which the saint had been involved in the Mamertine prison. According to the Legend, Pope Leo I approached those two parts together and they were united in an indissoluble way. Among the things to see inside the Basilica, the famous Moses by Michelangelo, as well as other minor works of the great sculptor and paintings by Guercino and Domenichino.
These are just three of the many attractions that Rome conserves that are worth visiting along with the most famous and important beauties that make it one of the most popular cities in the world.