Walking along Via della Lungara, the old road on the Trastevere-side of the river that leads to the Vatican, you’ll spot these two pots perched on their columns on the side street that leads to the Orto Botanico, right after you pass John Cabot University on your right.
They are decorative elements of the impressive iron fence that surrounds the mid-18th century Palazzo Corsini (now the Accademia dei Lincei, Italy’s Science Academy), although perhaps they aren’t that old?
They’re they kind of details that are easy to miss in Rome, which truth be told was the case for me until yesterday. Actually, peeking down the length of the fence, I saw that there’s one of these pots above each of the columns.
Who knows what their story is? Regardless, the grotesque dual-direction facing devilish faces are a fun “find” to have come across… one of the many whimsical urban decorative details that make Rome Rome.