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A perspective trick

Borromini's Perspective

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Why locals love it

This is one of Rome’s weirdest and most unique hidden gems. When strolling in the city centre, look out onto Galleria Spada – the magic of Borromini’s masterpiece will hit you unexpectedly. It’s really something everyone should see at least once.

Why you should visit it

Here you can experience a magnificent play on perspective. Borromini’s corridor deceives the onlooker whose gaze stretches far deeper than its actual length. The effect was cleverly created with a gradually rising floor, converging walls and a descending ceiling.

Special tip

With its sumptuous interiors and rich collection of paintings and ancient sculptures, Palazzo Spada also deserves a visit.

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Can you walk along the corridor itself or is there a barrier?
December 19, 2017
Yes, there is a barrier :( You cannot walk through and experience it :( We visited last week.
August 27, 2018
This is the type of thing that can really make the diffrence betweena package tour and an individual in-depth experince that a local has. Thank you SO much for this tip Francesca!
July 22, 2016
Closed on Tuesdays
July 19, 2016

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