Hidden Roman treasure: Passetto del Biscione

A hidden frescoed lane-way just metres from Rome's Campo de' Fiori.

Il Passetto del Biscione is a small but significant treasure often missed on the tourist trail, despite its central location around the corner from Campo de' Fiori.


The ancient tunnel-like alley, with its frescoes of cherubs, connects Piazza del Biscione onto Via di Grottapinta. In 1796 the tiny lane was reportedly the scene of a miracle when its mural of the Madonna del latte allegedly moved her eyes.

Passetto del Biscione before its restoration

After years of neglect and vandalism the covered laneway and its murals were restored to their former glory in 2016.

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Address Piazza del Biscione, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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Hidden Roman treasure: Passetto del Biscione

Piazza del Biscione, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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