Felice Peretti di Montalto came from humble beginnings, born to a poor family in the Papal territory of Grottammare in 1520. Growing up in a run down shack where the Mediterranean sun would shine through only a partial roof, Peretti would later joke that he was born of an ‘illustrious house’. Having entered the Minorite Convent at Montalto at age nine and then begin his training to be a priest aged eleven, it is said that Nostradamus met Peretti when he was a child and predicted that he would one day become Pope.
Pope Sixtus V
The reign of Pope Sixtus V is mainly notable for the fact that he achieved so much more in just five years than so many other papacies that lasted longer. As well bringing law and order to an increasingly dangerous city, Pope Sixtus V commissioned the construction of countless edifices, including churches, monasteries and houses for the poor. Possibly his most important achievement however, was restoring the aqueduct system that allowed fresh water from the hills surrounding Rome to flow through the city’s fountains - a system which remains functional today.
Via del Governo Vecchio
The location of Papal Suites Rome on Via del Governo Vecchio adds to the prestige of this historical former noble residence. Just moments from Piazza Navona and Campo de’Fiori, this beautiful neighbourhood of central Rome has been home to the aristocracy for centuries. Notable for its beautiful Baroque architecture, with marble (dating back to the Roman Empire) facets on almost every building, cobbled streets and original Renaissance fountains and statues, guests are placed in the very centre of historical Rome as well as the buzzing and vibrant heart of Italy’s capital in the 21st century.