The Spanish Academy


Situated atop the second highest hill in the capital, the position of the Spanish Academy gives visitors a sweeping, panoramic view of the city below. The complex itself is attached to the Church of San Pietro in Montorio, believed to be the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion.The Academy, meanwhile, is pretty unassuming from the outside, but once indoors, its Andalusian architecture with arabesque porticoes and graveled courtyard make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Spain. Around 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 and concerts, and more – visit their website to see what’s on tap this month.


Piazza S. Pietro in Montorio, 3

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