I’ve written before about my fascination with abandoned houses.
On Via del Governo Vechhio there’s an empty palazzo that I’ve walked by many times. Unlike some other big cities I’ve lived in, there are very few vacant buildings in the center of Rome. So much so that they truly stand out.
One morning I noticed there were riot police at the end of the block. The doors of the building were opened and there was a large group of protesters inside. They were demanding that the county (which owns the property) renovate the space into affordable housing. I doubt that will happen given the location, red tape, and costs.
Built in the late 1400s by Cardinal Stefano Nardiini, I had to check it out.
I had no idea that this building was so large.
I hope something wonderful happens with this space. It’s a shame that it’s just sitting there, empty.