Monastero delle Religiose Filippine (Book 8) (Day 2) (View B8) (Rione Monti)
Vasi shows in this plate a nunnery which had been completed in 1740,
thus he calls it "assai moderno = very recent". As a matter of fact this very elegant building was the XVIIth century casino (small country house) of Villa Sforza and in 1740 it was
enlarged and turned into a nunnery. The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) First entrance to the monastery; 2) Steps leading to the main entrance; 3) Tower of S. Lucia in Selci (Torre de' Capocci).
The building near S. Maria Maggiore is now used by a Department of the Finance Ministry and the little street is always filled with parked cars.
History has left its marks on this building. The old plate of the nunnery is surmounted by the coat of arms of the Italian Royal family (right), whilst on the pillars of the entrance below the religious symbols one can see a fasces (erased) and an eagle of the Fascist period.
In medieval times life was so unsafe that defence towers (these
belonged to the Capocci family) inside the city were quite common. In Rome,
unlike San Gimignano only a few were spared. At Vasi's time the tower
was part of Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci.
Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Maria dei Sette Dolori
Next step in Day 2 itinerary: Monastero delle Turchine
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