Once upon a time, there was a picture I published on Facebook that you liked a lot. It was the staircase or the Borgia ascent in Rome. I was enchanted by this picture as well, so I decided to do a little research and find out more on this beautiful passage.
Where is it?
In the very central and notorious for its distinctive character, Monti neighborhood of Rome. From Cavour street you can see the ascent beginning from piazza S. Francesco di Paola. Passing the arch and going up the staircase we are led to piazza di S.Pietro in Vincoli.
A wicked street!
The staircase and the arch that covers it point out the ancient street with the latin name vicus sceleratus or in English the wicked street! And while nothing seems evil in this pretty passage which helps you drift apart for a while from the touristic racket and fills up with flowers in blossom during spring, it is a space with a history to narrate. It is said that in this street, Tullia furiously stepped on her father’s dead body with her chariot. Servius Tullius, her father, was previously murdered my assassins in order for Lucious Tarquinius, Tullia’s husband, to become king.
The Borgias and the scandals
The staircase passes under a palace of the notorious Borgia family and is associated in particular with the official lover of the Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia later to become Pope Alessandro the VI, Vannozza dei Cattanei. The Pope had four children with Vannozza, all of which legally recognized. Rumors have it that it was also on those stairs that Giovanni Borgia was murdered by his brother Cesare.
Have you passed through this arch? How do you feel after having read all of the above? Chills run down your spine? Let’s discover together more hidden spots like this, full of secrets!
Kisses till our next meeting!! Stay safe!