Biblioteca Vallicelliana

This 17th-Century library, part of a complex designed by Renaissance master Borromini, ignites a child-like awe every time I step inside. The grand main room, where medieval manuscripts line dark wooden shelves, could be the set of a Harry Potter movie. Upon entering the Oratorio it is housed in, be sure to read the informative panels before ascending the stairs to the left of the courtyard. I highly recommend visiting …

Antica Libreria Cascianelli

In the 19th century or earlier this small shop near Piazza Navona sold clothing and textiles to the clergy, but since the 1950s it has sold books, prints and antiquities of various eras. Managed creatively by Valentina La Rocca and colleagues, it is save to say this is one of the most magically beautiful historic shops in the city.

A Modern Itinerary in Eastern Rome

On a recent Studio Rome itinerary we stopped in to visit Villa Torlonia, ducking out of a downpour just in time to take shelter in the grand palace. Remodeled by Valadier in the early 19th century for Prince Torlonia (and later inhabited by Benito Mussolini), today this well-restored building hosts a beautiful collection of neoclassical arts and crafts and, on the second floor, a collection of Scuola Romana paintings. When …