Bramante’s Cloister

by Annie

There is more than a lifetime of things to see wandering the streets of Rome, yet one often forgets that there is a whole other city inside the building walls that is just as interesting. This is one of those spots that is perfect when you’re overwhelmed by the city, have sore feet, and just need to sit quietly for minute.

No surprise really, as it was actually designed for this purpose (quiet contemplation, not sore feet) by Bramante around the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. It was his first project in Rome, before he went on to design other things… St.Peter’s basilica being one of them. Needless to say, he got the cloister right, in its proportions, elegance, and peacefulness.

Swing by next time you’re in the area. There is a lovely café on the second level with tables under the arches of the upper portico where you can sit for a break or for lunch. Sara the barista makes a great espresso… and they have free wi-fi internet access. Guess where this note was written?

Chiostro del Bramante, Via della Pace, 26, behind Piazza Navona. Ground floor is hosts a museum, usually superb quality exhibits; free entrance to the upper level and cafe’. www.chiostrodelbramante.it

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