My journey through history starts just a short walk from home, Palazzo Velabro. I just have to decide where to go.
I am lured by the Mouth of Truth. But what was this big mask for? Nobody knows for sure.
Go ahead and discover the legends behind it.
Then I head towards the Tiber and then to the Tiber Island, the only urban island in the river. It becomes my second home every summer: L’Isola del Cinema film festival is a great event to go to for watching quality screenings and movies, while meeting directors and actors. Too bad it’s early, otherwise I would stop for lunch at the legendary Trattoria Sora Lella, a mainstay since the 1950s.
I still have some time to go to Jewish quarter, where you can find the Great Synagogue of Rome, one of the biggest in Europe. Inside, there is a rich Jewish Museum.
Now that I think about it, I feel like having some Jewish-style artichokes, a traditional dish in Rome. I know I’m the right place; there are many kosher restaurants in this secluded area of Rome. Today I’ll indulge in Nonna Betta’s specialties. Here, surrounded by an amazing atmosphere, I feel like I’m reliving the history of the ghetto.
After eating, I resume my tour. As I walk through Piazza Venezia, I stop for a minute to greet the cats that live in Largo di Torre Argentina, an ancient archaeological site. The lively, boisterous atmosphere of Campo de’ Fiori contrasts with the austere statue of Giordano Bruno, who died right here by fire.
Just a few more steps and I reach the Pantheon, which still looks almost the same as in Ancient Rome A stone’s throw from here is the splendid Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, where you can admire some masterpieces by Caravaggio.