The stories of cold killers, dissolute souls, heretics, traitors, and irreverent painters alternate on an invisible stage on which esotericism and mystery merge to give life to a macabre show. Rome, a city of a thousand faces, hides secrets and legends among its twisting alleys and marble monuments.
Follow our expert connoisseur on this journey through the Italian capital's secrets and soul, a dark world between dream and reality. Retrace the steps of Mastro Titta, the longest-lived executioner in town, as you cross Sant’Angelo bridge, and spot his ghost rising the axe shortly before the umpteenth execution.
Reach Via della Scrofa and pay attention to the scents that come from the many taverns that line the street. In one of these, you could hear the screams of Caravaggio, engaged in the middle of the fight.
Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of Rione Sant'Angelo, home to some of the most famous courtesans of the papal court. Stroll through the quaint Borgo but be careful not to bump into the "Duchess" Lucrezia Borgia, protagonist of cruel crimes and intrigues along with her brother Cesare Borgia, also known as the cruel Valentino.
Immerse yourself in the dark atmosphere of Donna Olimpia, Giordano Bruno and Emperor Nero. You will have the opportunity to get in touch with the many anti-heroes who, for centuries, have spread fear, terror, and horror throughout the Eternal City.
Don’t you feel a shiver down your spine?
Private guide and themed tour
Duration: 2 hours
Experiences available exclusively to Hotel de la Ville’s guests.