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Unusual museums in Rome Vol.2

Unusual museums in Rome off the typical city tours

The artistic richness of Rome is so amazing that sometimes it happens to find ourselves in places we were not aware at all. We want to give you some tips to find these places off the conventional circuits.

Let’s go on in this special tour dealing with bizarre and maybe a little bit creepy places

Unusual museum of Rome: Dolls Hospital

In the city center, not far from Piazza del Popolo, there is a shop with the sign: “Artistic Restoration Squatriti Hospital of the Dolls.” It is a tiny restoration workshop of pottery and porcelain but especially of antique toys, known by the Romans as “the shop of terror” for its disturbing showcase full of heads, arms and dolls legs.
In this place it seems that time has stopped. Lead soldiers, puppets and antiques that smell like old times, but especially dolls. Dolls everywhere that are the fame of this place, which can intimidate who visit it. It is a definitely place that is worth visiting.

Dolls Hospital – Via Di Ripetta, 29

Unusual museum of Rome: Museum of Horrors by Dario Argento

The Italian horror maestro, Dario Argento, after having terrified his fans for years with movie like Suspiria, Phenomena, The Syndrome of Stendhal, etc. he has decided to open also a gadgets store that takes the name of another famous film of his, “Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), and in the underground of this store he set up the Museum of Horrors. The museum houses replicas of original film sets and special effects used by the director in his movies Phenomena, Opera, Demons, The Church, The Stendhal Syndrome, but also objects that belonged to other directors. Climbing down a spiral staircase, the visitor is greeted by the chilling sounds and by a faint light that create suspense. The structure consists of a single corridor in which are located the cells, inside which are arranged reproductions of the most famous horror movie scenes.

Museum of Horrors by Dario Argento – Via dei Gracchi, 260

Unusual museum of Rome: Crypt of the Capuchin Monks

“What you are we were, what we are you will” cites the plaque at the entrance of the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks, in St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The church is simple in itself, but the real strange thing is the crypt. A place that located in the elegant Via Veneto, clashes a bit for his gloomy appearance. Visitors will walk through the 5 chapels decorated entirely with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin friars. The choice of using human bones and skeletons was made to emphasize that the body is nothing more than a container of the soul, and once you have passed away, you can use it in other ways. Surely is not a place advisable for sensitive persons.

Crypt of the Capuchin Monks – Via Veneto, 27