Priceless jewels rumored to be more precious than the Crown Jewels are now on display in Rome. The prize treasure includes 70 masterpieces of jewels, statues and religious items in homage to the patron saint of Naples, San Gennaro (Saint Januarius in English). The people of Naples, beset by a barrage of tragedies in the 16th century including the eruption threat of Mount Vesuvius, war and terrible disease, pledged a chapel in San Gennaro’s name in return for divine protection in this harrowing time. Donations of riches from world leaders including popes and kings resulted but were kept for a long time in the vault of the Naples Cathedral. Now on display in Palazzo Sciarra at the Fondazione Roma Museo, a focal point of the exhibit is a stunning bishop’s mitre, decorated with thousands of diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
Till 16 Feb 2014
Palazzo Sciarra, Fondazione Roma Museo
Via Marco Minghetti 22 (Centre)
Mon 3pm-8pm, Tues-Sun 10am-8pm
Entry fee €10/€8