At Piazza Vittorio, in the heart of the Esquilino district, you can find a magic door dating back to 1600.
This veritable monument, is a leading alchemical built by Massimiliano Palombara belongs, to an original quintet doors of Villa Palombara, destroyed over time. These ports demonstrate the interest of the Marquis for the esoteric that was offering his villa at alchemists who often loved to get together to discuss the topic, bringing together research, studies and results of experiments.
The door alchemical Villa Palombara behind him a legend. The famous alchemist Francesco Borri was hosted overnight at Villa Palombara, with the aim of drawing up the formula that can transform a type of grass in gold. The next morning was the alchemist is seen disappearing through the door, leaving behind gold flakes and a sheet containing formulas and indecipherable symbols related to the Philosopher's Stone. Marquis after this episode he decided to engrave runes found on the offending door hoping to find someone able to decipher them.
In the nineteenth century, Villa Palombara was destroyed to make way for the new district, and today there are only a big symbol spherical with a double triangle with six points, called Seal of David and other small symbols that represent planets. The symbolism in general is the historical transition that led to overcome Christianity and replace it with new beliefs and new ways to treat the spirit.
Where to find it
Today you can visit the Magic Door in the Gardens of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, its original location was not that, but it was dismantled from its original location to be reassembled on the wall of the Church of St. Eusebius, in 1888 which they were placed two statues taken from the gardens of the Quirinale Palace.
This brings the magic of Piazza Vittorio is also mentioned in the episode of the video game of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft when visiting Rome to search for the philosopher's stone.