Situated atop the second highest hill in the capital, the position of the Spanish Academy gives visitors a panoramic view of the city below. The complex itself is attached to the Church of San Pietro in Montorio and Donato Bramante’s “little temple”, believed to be the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion. Meanwhile, the interior of the academy features Andalusian architecture, arabesque porticoes and a graveled courtyard that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to Spain. On the walls are painted murals or lunettes depicting the history of the Franciscan order. The academy also hosts several events throughout the year including exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more. (See website for full details.)
Temple of Bramante and exhibitions are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
ACCADEMIA REALE DI SPAGNA
Piazza S. Pietro in Montorio, 3