Rome by Night: Bernini’s Elephant

Sometimes when I’m running early, or often times when I’m running late as well, I’ll wander through the streets of Rome on my way to meet a friend.

The Pantheon is impressive, but one of my favorite spots to pause at night is right next door, in front of Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva.  There you’ll find Bernini’s elephant and obelisk.

Rumor has it that Bernini despised one of the families that lived in a flat overlooking the piazza, so he faced the elephant’s backside directly at their window.


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