Monday, June 11, 2012

Rome Part 2

 Ponte Rotto
The oldest Roman stone bridge in Rome built in 142 BC.
 Bocca della Verita

Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie 
with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. 
The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century.

The Mouth of Truth is known mostly from its appearance in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. 
The film also uses the Mouth of Truth as a storytelling device 
since both Hepburn's and Peck's characters are not initially truthful with each other. 

 Piazza della Bocca della Verità 

Palazzo Cenci

Palazzo Cenci was the scene of one of the 16th century’s most infamous murders. 
The victim was the sadistic Francesco Cenci, 
who was killed by his daughter Beatrice and wife Lucrecia 
after submitting them to years of abuse.
 After a long, drawn-out investigation the two perpetrators were beheaded in 1599 
on Ponte Sant’Angelo in front of a vast and largely sympathetic crowd. 
The 16th-century Palazzo Cenci was built on the remains of a medieval castle.

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