Daily Rome Shot 27

Photo by Bree Dail.



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  1. PostCatholic says:

    If I’m not wrong, that is St Agnes on the Piazza Navona? I have never been inside but I did share nearly that view and memorable sambuca and coffee with a girlfriend many years ago.

  2. ThePapalCount says:

    POST CATHOLIC you’re correct this is the church of St Agnes on Piazza Navona. The piazza sometimes called one of Rome’s “living rooms” teems with artists, would-be artists,portrait sketch artists, troubadours and entertainers and of course, in non-pandemic times, scores of visitors. Its a fantastic place for strollers. Restaurants surround the piazza and even better ones, in my humble view, are found on the streets one block behind the square. The famous Tre Scalini on the square is known throughout the universe, it seems, for its ice creams and gelato.
    The Church of St Agnes is a beautiful sacred space well worth a visit and a prayer. The skull of the young Agnes is one displace on a side altar. Her martyrdom is a good story to read.
    In this picture is Bernini’s famous fountain of the 4 rivers. Each river is personified but the figure depicting the Nile covers his face and is therefore hidden because the source of the Nile was then unkown.
    If you were the photographer and turned to your right you would see a much smaller fountain and pool. Mario Lanza sang “Arrivederci Roma” at this spot in the film “Seven Hills of Rome”.
    In the extereme left of the photograph is the Palazzo Pamphilj which is a massive Renaissance palace built by a powerful Roman noble family. Today, its the Brazilian Embassy and entry is restricted to a few tours given during the summer week days. But, in the late 1800s and early 1900s it was the home of Francis A McNutt, the first American to be a papal chamberlain. His book, “Recollections of A Papal Chamberlain”, is a great read and filled with the intrigues, machinations and personalities of the Vatican of that era.Its still available from time to time on AMAZON. Use FrZ’s AMAZON portal to check it out. McNutt’s wife was the daughter of Clement Moore who wrote “T’was The Night Before Christmas”.
    Every turn of a corner in Rome presents an sheer avalanche of history. Visit Rome I implore you.

  3. PostCatholic says:

    Described just as I remember. Thank you for your generosity, ThePapalCount.

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