Tourist itinerary Ghosts and Demons in Rome
Unforgettable experience for those who wish to view Rome from a different perspective.
Rome is well known for the presence of numerous ghosts. But why is this? The answer is simple: The city was the seat of emperors, cardinals, princes, princesses and courtiers who lived there in different times, each of them leaving a sign of his or her life in popular fantasy.
This special tour reveals information about the lives and deaths of these personalities exactly where their ghosts were seen. The first stop is the Castle of the Holy Angel, home to many ghosts: Marozia, the Roman female Pope who lived in the 10th century, the Constable of Bourbon, who died during the Sack of Rome in 1527 and the sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, who was imprisoned in the castle.
The second stop is the bridge of St. Angel, where Beatrice Cenci was beheaded in 1599 after killing her father while trying to defend herself from his tortures.
Have you ever heard of “Mastro Titta,” the most famous Roman executioner in the 19th century? Well, if we are lucky, we will meet his ghost there: they say that he appears to passersby in the square opposite the bridge, which he used for executions.
Then we will move to Via del Governo Vecchio, where you will see at number 57 the first house in Rome which was “certified” as haunted by ghosts.
The following stop is Piazza Navona, scene of the stories about the young noble Costanza de Cupis, who died after a banal incident in 1612 and the adult Olimpia Pamphilij, sister-in-law of Pope Innocent X, called by Romans the “Pimpaccia di Piazza Navona”.
We finish our tour in Campo De’ Fiori. Today the square where the historical market of flowers takes place was, in 1600, the scene of the burning at the stake of the philosopher Giordano Bruno, condemned by the Church because of his heretical ideas. Looking at his statue will make you jump!
Duration of the tour: about two hours.
There are no entrance fees.