Via di Santo Stefano del Cacco
Only in Rome could there be a street, the Via del Pie' di Marmo, named after a marble foot. The colossal foot, shod in a sandal, is thought to have belonged to an equally colossal statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis, whose temple stood nearby.
And yet you will search the street in vain for the eponymous foot, for in 1878 it was moved to an adjacent street (Via di Santo Stefano del Cacco) to make way for the funeral cortege of King Victor Emanuele II (r. 1861-78), who is interred in the Pantheon.
For some reason, the powers that be have never got round to returning the ancient marble foot to the street that bears its name!
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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