Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Directions to Santa Maria Concezione from Rome's Termini

Begin at Stazione Centrale Roma Termini on Via Le Einaudi, which is to the left when you are facing Piazza dei Cinquecento. In about 3 blocks or so you will arrive at Piazza della Repubblica. Once here, follow the circle around to the left until you reach V. V. E. Orlando and make a left. After about a block you will pass San Bernardo on your left. Continue on, cross over the main road Via XX Settembre. After crossing the street, on the left is Palazzo Barbereni. Past the palazzo, make a right onto Via Vittorio Veneto. (If you come to Fonta dei Tritone you have gone too far.) Continue down Via Vittorio Veneto for approximately 2 blocks, until you come to Santa Maria Concezione on the left (right before the road begins to curve.)

Santa Maria Concezione, a plain and inconspicuous church, was founded by Antonio Barberini an. In the church lies Barberini, buried close to the altar under a simple flagstone with an inscription “Here lies dust, ashes, nothing.” The realistic quote offers an introduction to the crypt found beneath the church where the bones of departed Capuchin friar’s decorate the walls of the chapels.

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