Via in Lucina, 33
Tucked away in Via di Lucina, a short narrow street off Via del Corso, stands Casa Vaca, a house that was built during the reign of Alexander VI (r. 14992-1503), the last Spaniard to be elected pope.
Casa Vaca, which was built for Don Pedro de Vaca, one of the pope's compatriots, sports three inscriptions in Latin. Directly above the elegant entrance we see: DOMVS FAMILIE HISPANICE VACE (The house of the Spanish family of Vaca). The longer inscription in the frieze above proclaims: OSSA ET OPES TANDEM PARTAS TIBI ROMA RELINQVAM (My bones and goods, which I have accumulated with much hard work, I leave to you, Rome). The third inscription is to be found above the window to the left of the entrance: NIHIL TVTVM IN MISERABILI SECVLO (Nothing is certain in this miserable age).
Casa Vaca was originally situated in nearby Via della Vignaccia, but was dismantled and moved to Via in Lucina at the beginning of the twentieth century when Palazzo Montecitorio was extended.
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