So, we'll start our walk from the suggestive slope of the Borgias part of a manor where once lived Vannozza with her sons, Lucrezia, Giovanni and Cesare, guests of the Orsini family, their relatives (Adriana, wife of the Orsini's head, Ludovico, was a cousin of Pope Alexander VI Borgia).
The huge building was built by the Montanari family, later on it was enlarged by the Margani's, and it was acquired by the Orsini on the XV century. On 1571 the place was sold to the Cesarini's and on 1622 friar Pizzullo bought it to convert it into the Franciscan monastery servicing the close-by Church of Saint Francis of Paola.
The slope is way steeper than it looks, so be careful!
It's said that Giovanni was last seen running from here to the house of one of his lovers on the day of his death. --The spot sure has an intriguing mood itself!
Proceeding on our tour we reach the Basilica di San Marco in Campidoglio, located in Venezia square.
We stop here 'cause at the entrance of the church is preserved a stone of the tomb of Vannozza once located in Santa Maria del Popolo, where she was buried together with her son Giovanni on 1518, before both tombs were desecrated and mostly destroyed during the sack of Rome of 1527; the remains of her headstone were collected and placed in here, but both corpses were lost.
This is not the last disturbing stop.
Next is the turn for a walk in the Jewish ghetto of Rome on the traces of the now disappeared Giudea square, where Giovanni was probably killed, some said by his own brother Cesare as the instigator.
The places is located on an unnamed little square placed by the streets of Santa Maria del Pianto and Portico d'Ottavia.
Since we mentioned Piazza Campo de' Fiori, let's go there to find "Vicolo del Gallo 13", the old address of the Osteria della Vacca, one of the many properties of Vannozza, who used to rent them to gain rich profits.
On top-left you can recognize "The Walking Bull" of the Borgia's.
Let's keep on walking around these tiny roads 'til our next stop, the Church of Holy Mary in Monserrat of the Spaniards where we can find the tomb of the two Popes of the Borgia's family, Pope Alexander VI and his predecessor, Pope Calixtus III.
Our last stop is supposed to leave a nicer aftertaste, as we're heading towards Fiammetta square, to see the House of Fiammetta, the residence of one of Cesare's lovers, Fiammetta Michaelis:
As today, this is the only case in Italy of a square dedicated to a courtesan!