A Tourist in Rome - Galleria Sciarra
|Location:||Two blocks west and one block south from the Trevi Fountain|
|Time:||about 20 minutes|
|Hours:||Viewable at any time|
If you leave the Trevi Fountain on via delle Muratte, turn left at the second street. It ends in 1 block, and at the end of that short street you'll come to the Galleria Sciarra, a richly ornate public passage whose entrance is blocked to traffic by a large chain. Just step over the chain and enter the intricately decorated 3-story courtyard. It was built in the late 1800s as a private courtyard, but in 1880 the owner had a long extension built at the back and it was soon turned into a public passage. Now it belongs to the Bank of Rome. Its inner walls are gorgeously frescoed, representing one of the few examples of Art Nouveau in Rome.