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The Magic Door

The Magic door is located in Pazza Vittorio, not far from Termini Station. It is what remains of Villa of Marquis Palombara who lived in the second half of XVII century, he was friend of astrologers and alchemists and he wanted to create the philosophical stone. One day an alchemist called Giuseppe Francesco Borri asked Palombara financial aid and the possibility to make researches in his laboratories. The Marquis gave hime what he asked and Borri worked hard and in great secret for a long time. One day he disappeared leaving some gold and a parchment with obscure latin formulae, which they believed was the secret to make gold. The Marquis called all the greatest scientists of the time to try to solve the mistery of the parchment, but with no luck, so he decided to engrave the formulae on the door in case some passing by might be able to decipher them. The door is still there so if you want to give a try to solve the mistery... go ahead!

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    May 20, 2006 at 4:18 PM


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    May 26, 2005 at 8:44 AM

    Ciao Renato, I saw your photos of Glasgow are great. I must get out and about more often. Ian

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    May 20, 2005 at 10:02 AM

    ciao Renato, buon compleanno e buon divertimento a Glasgow! Mi dispiace che ho da fare questo weekend o vi potrei mostrare qualche cosa, cmq sono sicura che sarà un buon soggiono!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 8:55 AM

    best wishes for happy birthday from US. Love your magic door.

  • RAJASTHANBYCAR's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 6:00 AM

    I wish you a happy Birthday.I hope you will have lot of Joy and succes in the coming year

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2004 at 12:35 PM

    I'll have to find that Magic Door the next time I'm in your magical city! (Thanks for the note!) ;-)

  • westpalmchickee's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2004 at 8:49 AM

    It was a pleasure meeting you!! I will send you our picture soon!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2004 at 11:28 AM

    When you've got time to read. I know how busy you Romans are.

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 1:51 AM

    Interesting magic door story!!! Hope no one finds out the answer, for he may not live in peace thereafter!!!

  • mariocibelli's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2004 at 11:31 AM

    Benvenuto! Like your blog site very much. Ciao!

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Renato Rinaldi
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