4 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK


“Don’t miss this unique chance to discover the real dark heart of Rome.”

That’s what the tourist advert said and boy, they weren’t kidding. OK, I was looking for something different. I’d already done The Roman Forum, The Trevi Fountain, the Piazza Venezia, The Monument to Vittorio, the Colosseum (both above and below it), countless catacombs, ceaseless crypts, boundless Basillicas, the Pantheon, the Vatican…   Darlings, all so tedious and mundane. I mean, how many ruins do you want to see?

So when offered the chance to do something that dreams are made of (think haunting), I took it and went to the chilling Capuchin “Bone Chapel,” located in the centre of Rome, the Eternal City. I was about to discover that bit about Eternal.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY BONES IN MY LIFE.  They were everywhere. The place was lined with the skeletal remains of over 4000 monks.

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