Walking the Crumbling Corridors of Rome’s Abandoned Orphanage



Image: Pietromassimo Pasqui

All images courtesy of Pietromassimo Pasqui and used with permission.

The old trees make a creaking sound as the wind shakes their branches. Entering the overgrown premises, one faces what must have once been a grand four-story building almost reminiscent of a castle. Now, the many vacant, glassless windows remind one of a toothless grin in a wrinkled face. Moving closer, you might feel a lump forming in your throat. Is it because of the building’s history? After all, it isn’t every day one gets to explore an abandoned old orphanage that’s long since fallen into rack and ruin.


Image: Pietromassimo Pasqui

Rome’s Via Bartolomea Capitanio is a dead-end that leads to the old orphanage, and this seems to be the road’s sole function in this tucked-away part of the Italian capital. Saint Bartolomea Capitanio is supposed to have been a devout woman who spent her short life (1807-1833) taking care of the needy – notably, uncared for and orphaned young women.

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