A for­mer pa­pal apart­ment be­comes one of the Rome’s most sought-af­ter stays

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As the story goes, a 17th cen­tury Pope had an af­fair with his wid­owed sis­terin-law, and their dal­liances played out in a jaw-drop­ping baroque apart­ment span­ning 350 square me­tres, re­plete with ceil­ings that arch 8 me­ters into the air, and a columned bal­cony in the bed­room that over­looks Pi­azza Navona it­self. Wel­come to the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge, which can be yours for a night to cre­ate your own spell­bind­ing tales in the Eter­nal City.

While the apart­ment has been up­dated with modern lux­u­ries such as a whirlpool tub lined with 300,000 hand­made tiles and a pri­vate wine col­lec­tion stocked with an ar­ray of de­lec­ta­ble vin­tages, the orig­i­nal baroque in­te­ri­ors have been care­fully pre­served in all their deca­dent glory. Nowhere are the de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties of the elites of yore more ev­i­dent than in the Pope’s cav­ernous bed­cham­ber it­self. In­do­lent silks and heavy vel­vets drape ev­ery inch of the room, es­pe­cially on the plush plat­form bed that dom­i­nates the space.

But what makes the apart­ment truly un­for­get­table is its ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tion: the bed­room’s French win­dows lead to a columned bal­cony on Pi­azza Navona, one of Rome’s largest and most beau­ti­ful squares.

Whether you be­lieve the story of the Pope or not, the amorous tale cer­tainly lends the apart­ment an un­der­cur­rent of sen­sual mys­tique. Cou­pled with the peer­less, com­mand­ing view of Pi­azza Navona, and the apart­ment cre­ates an at­mos­phere that can only be de­scribed as di­vine. san­loren­

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