The water comes out of the mouths of four masks, facing the four cardinal points, which indicate the winds. Each mask is characterized in such a way as to recall its wind. We could be in the magical world of Narnia, where Clive Staples Lewis’s fantasy created surreal settings, like this one, it would seem.

But no!

Water, mouths and masks are the elements that characterize the Fontana delle Picche, created by Vignola, perhaps … there is no certainty.

Oriolo Romano. We look at it fascinated, but it takes only a little and immediately we notice an imposing and majestic building, it is Palazzo Altieri. This is why we find ourselves here, where in 1981 the film set of the famous film Marquis del Grillo was hosted.

Thus began our journey in the sixteenth century inside Palazzo Altieri including frescoes depicting places owned by the family: Vicarello, Castello di Rota, Monterano. The Popes’ Gallery, with portraits of all the popes. It is a unique collection on the historical, artistic and heraldic side. There are portraits of Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio: in all there are 268.

But to make this place special, however, is not only its history and its wonderful interiors, it is above all Mr. Silvano, the custodian, who with passion and dedication explained to us the meaning of each room, thus giving that visit something more that only a true enthusiast can do.

We cross the corridors sometimes long, others very short and we dive into the soft colors that characterize the Italian ‘500.

Unfortunately, the interior furnishings have remained very little, but all that is original … and working out of imagination, we imagine ladies and knights who have filled these places and children chasing each other in the wonderful inner courtyard, with centuries-old trees clearly visible from windows.

Valuable decorations on the walls of many of the many rooms, all with original floors. Very beautiful wooden shutters of finely decorated windows, all with glass of the time. A dive into the past through 14 rooms on the right and left of the Salone degli Avi with the portraits of the Altieri, their coats of arms and coat of arms, the fulcrum of the building.