Probably one of the least likely places to look for…
Rome, you know, is a charming city. Of course, it’s even more on some days, at times, but especially, in some places.
The construction of the Basilica of St. Peter, built on a Christian Cross plan comparing to the original design of the Greek cross, has dismissed the prospect of the dome, no longer visible at close range. Never mind: the dome, known in Rome as “Er Cupolone”, dominates the Borgo and Prati districts.
But there’s one place in Rome, where you have the feeling of being in front of the St. Peter’s dome, and touch it with your hand. It’s Via Niccolò Piccolomini, near Villa Pamphili, a park situated between the areas of Monteverde Vecchio, Aurelia and Trionfale.
Via Niccolò Piccolomini is a small residential street in the heart of the city, one of those fascinating points, from where you can have s breathtaking view of the Eternal City.
The feature that makes this place a real gem, is that from Via Piccolomini, you can see the dome of St. Peter as you’ve ever seen.
Via Piccolomini is a street in a nice residential neighborhood, close to Via Gregorio VII. From the beginning of the road can see the dome of St. Peter and, as is natural, approaching the end of the road, we expect to see the dome getting bigger and bigger. But no.
Follow the path, looking at the Dome. Something strange happens: the closer you get, and more the Dome goes away. If you step back, the dome will seem bigger and closer. A game of perspectives that makes it fascinating.
The reason for this optical illusion? It is not known. Perhaps it is a deception of proportion, perhaps due to the orientation of the road from the Dome. It doesn’t matter a lot since it is really an amazing little magic of Rome.
This is the reason why Via Piccolomini is such a special place. The perfect ending to an evening in the center or to start an very romantic walk.
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