Rome Ghosts

"Rome, a city with over 2,700 years of history .... A phenomenal concentration of history, art, legend ...stories and characters that lived for centuries in this extraordinary city often originated myths and legends as well as historical figures, really existed, were transformed by the popular imagination, in ghosts.
A series of itineraries will let you know some of the most famous Roman legends, and with the occasion interesting characters who lived and left a mark in the City will be met: not only folklore for this tour, but also myth combined with the history and the art of Rome. "

Route 1 - walk through the Baroque Rome
People's squares (ghosts of the Carbonai Targhini and Montanari)
Pantheon (ghost of Umberto Ist)
Navona's square (ghosts of Donna Olimpia and Constance de Cupis)
St Angel's bridge (ghosts of Beatrice Cenci and Mastro Titta)
St Peter's square (ghost of Julius Caesar)

Route 2 - walk through the Baroque Rome
People's squares (ghosts of the Carbonai Targhini and Montanari)
Spanish Steps (ghosts of Keats and Shelley)
Pantheon (ghost of Umberto Ist)
Navona's square (ghosts of Donna Olimpia and Constance de Cupis)

Route 3 - walk to the ancient Rome
Vicolo Scellerato (ghost of Tullia and Borgia family)
Gardens of Colle Oppio (ghost of Messalina)
Theater of Marcellus and Portico d'Ottavia (ghost of Berenice)
Ghetto (ghost of Beatrice Cenci)

MASTRO TITTA, THE BOJA OF ROME AND THE PLACES OF THE CITY WHICH TELL STORIES of GHOSTS ...

1.In the area of St. Peter's in Chains there would be the ghost of Tullia Minor, the second wife of Tarquin the Proud and daughter of Servius Tullius, the sixth king of Rome. The climb located in Via San Francesco di Paola and the stairs of the Borgias' climb follow the path of the so-called Vicus Sceleratus and it was here that, according to legend, Tullia cruelly got rid of the father ordering the chariot that carried her to pass on the body of the old king ...

2.Percy Shelley and John Keats, the two famous English poets united by a strong friendship, shared a tragic fate in Italy and found each other again buried in Rome just a short distance from each other inside the non-Catholic cemetery at the foot of the Pyramid of Cestius. According to popular tradition often were heard groans and English phrases declaimed by the poets .... in other cases, their presence would be felt near the Red Cottage, the building that flanks one side of the stairway of Trinita dei Monti, where the two artists settled during their stay in Rome ...

3.In via dell'Anima, a step away from Piazza Navona, it is impossible do not remember the legend of the ghost of Constance de Cupis hidden beyond the glasses of the old family mansion, today Tuccimei .. The chronicles of the time recall the sad story of Constance, a noblewoman lived in the early seventeenth century and known throughout the city for the beauty of her hands, so beautiful that a sculptor made a plaster work of them. However the sad foreboding of a monk come true and the Constance, despite the taken precautions, she injured her hand and following the limb amputation she died for an infection ... it's said the white and pale hands of Constance would appear...

4. the terrible Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, sister of Pope Innocent X Pamphili, continues to show herself with all her momentum and her impetuosity ... on stormy nights a flaming chariot carrying "the Pimpaccia", one of the nicknames with which she was known at the time, would pass through Ponte Sisto at high speed in the direction of Trastevere to reach the former family's residence in villa Pamphili, escaping with the silver banks reclaimed from the pontiff died shortly before...

5.The best known ghost of Rome is that of Beatrice Cenci which manifests carrying her severed head in her hands in the place of her execution in Ponte Sant'Angelo.
The girl, the daughter of Count Francesco Cenci, paid with her own life the decision to get rid of her father, a brutal and an unscrupulous man. The ghost is accompanied by the stepmother Lucrezia, also a victim of the count and beheaded with the same charge ....

6.In Piazza del Popolo (People's Squares), a plaque commemorates the memory of two Carbonari, Angelo Targhini and Leonida Montanari executed by Mastro Titta, the author of a memoir about the killings he carried out during his long career as Executioner. The performer tells precisely the last moments of the two young people who continued until the last moments to proclaim the motto "Freedom and prosperity." Buried in unconsecrated ground, outside the Porta del Popolo, the two began immediately to appear running around with their heads in their hands ...

7.The ghost of the executioner of Rome Mastro Titta, loves to walk in the places where he carried out the death sentences, around Ponte Sant'Angelo, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Bocca della Verita ...

8. A legend deeply rooted and widespread before the period of the barbarian invasions narrated the globe on the top of the obelisk in St. Peter's Square kept the ashes of Julius Caesar; for centuries no one bothered to check the contents of the sphere until Pope Sixtus V commissioned to Domenico Fontana to move the obelisk in the current position and, on that occasion they were absolutely astonished when it was discovered that the sphere was full ! but immediately someone affirmed that the hole done had finally freed the spirit of Caesar ...

9.The Pantheon, a pagan temple converted into a church, is reputed to be haunted place; it would be the heathen gods that, upon the conversion to the church, fled from the central open space... but still today the ancient temple is not entirely free from attendance-worldly! the ghost more reported is that of Umberto Ist, the Italian sovereign buried right in the Pantheon and murdered on 29th July 1900 that would arise, leaving streaks of burning ...

10.A scary ghost with white garments is located between the remains of the Temple of Divine Claudius and the gardens of Colle Oppio: it's Messalina's ghost, the third wife of Emperor Claudius, known for her beauty, but, above all, for her depraved and dissolute conduct: Messalina was famous throughout Rome to pursue, by all means, to satisfy erotic; it happened, however, that she felt in love with one of her lovers and, since then, the stratagems put in place to get rid of her husband proved fatal: the emperor, pretending his pardon, strangled the woman with his own hands...

11.Berenice, the Jewish princess of the dynasty of Herod the Great, known for his restlessness for love affairs, managed to charm even the Emperor Titus occurred in Palestine to quell the riots that had erupted there. Back in Rome, triumphant, Tito did not fail to show the intention of marrying her. After some time, however, reasons of state prevailed and Berenice was removed from Rome. This thwarted love still burns in the soul of Berenice who wanders in the Portico d'Ottavia in search of her lover to get such a belated compensation ...

12.Even if no historical foundation credits the building to the "Vicolo Scellerato" as belonging to the Borgias, the popular imagination placed here many of intrigues and assassinations that saw as protagonists the members of the family of Pope Rodrigo Borgia, Pope who broke all the rules of Christian morality, a way to be later transmitted to his concubines and his children ... from this palace would come out his son Juan to not come back more, here his daughter Lucrezia would have possessed her lovers before killing them ... even the same end of the pope is shrouded in mystery: it is not clear whether the pope died by poisoning and the facts that were later continued to fuel the mystery; the legend tells about some demons who come to take the soul of the deceased that was suffering a rapid decay of the body and a swelling out of the ordinary so that the body was quickly buried at night. The man who wanders at night wrapped in a red tunic and a deformed face around Via Giulia and the church of Santa Maria in Via Monserrato, final destination of the hated corpse, should be that of the pope ....

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