San Pietro in Montorio Rome

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San Pietro in Montorio – The architectural gem

You really shouldn’t miss a visit to one of my favorite attractions in Rome: San Pietro in Montorio, neither a place for eating or having a drink, nor a museum, but first of all a viewpoint, midway between Trastevere and the Gianicolo Hill, and a place for restoring your soul and mind.

When in Trastevere, head to Corso Garibaldi street; after a short trek (not a long climb, don’t worry: about 10 minutes!), going up a couple of stairways, you’ll reach a small, grey-paved square: go find my beloved corner of Rome on the side of a Church’s wide staircase, just next to the wonderful villa of Real Academia de España.

Placed inside the courtyard of the Monastery of San Pietro in Montorio, a small Temple (a Tempietto) occupies almost the entire area of the beautiful cloister: the access gate is often closed, so you may be staring at this architectural pearl just from outside, admiring the perfection of its proportions, and somehow wondering if it is a real construction due to its apparent frailness (and from the square in front of it, you can admire a romantic view of Rome).

The Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio (often referred to as Tempietto del Bramante, by its architect’s name), is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, illustrating some of its key issues such as the research for geometric and proportional perfection.

Indeed, the contemplation of its beauty is a healing experience for the eyes, and the soul.

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Piazza San Pietro in Montorio, Rome

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)