Oratorio dei Filippini (Oratory of St. Philip Neri): The Bell Tower Moment, Rome

Oratorio dei Filippini (Oratory of St. Philip Neri): The Bell Tower Moment, Rome

If you happen to find yourself on one of the numerous balconies facing south along Via Margutta, you can admire the exquisite Baroque bell tower seen from Joe's apartment window – the same one that chimed to awaken Joe on the day the Princess' interview was unexpectedly canceled. The tower, more accurately described as a turret, is actually situated on the opposite side of the downtown area and belongs to the Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri, known as "Oratorio dei Filippini," a structure built between 1637 and 1662 under the skillful guidance of architect Francesco Borromini. In 1649, the remarkable turret was added at the corner of the oratory, overlooking the charmingly small Piazza dell'Orologio.

Borromini's architectural style is evident in the oratory's gracefully curved facade, showcasing his inclination to infuse movement into his designs. The inspiration behind this particular creation was that of outstretched arms welcoming the less fortunate. Inside the building, you will discover the Vallicelliana Library, which was founded by Philip Neri. The library's courtyard is usually accessible during its opening hours, providing visitors with a serene space to explore. Alternatively, guided visits can be arranged by email for those seeking a more in-depth experience.

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Sight Name: Oratorio dei Filippini (Oratory of St. Philip Neri): The Bell Tower Moment
Sight Location: Rome, Italy (See walking tours in Rome)
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