The Angel of the Apocalypse
The church of San Giovanni in Foro was built along the Via Postumia, and it owes its name to its proximity to the ancient Roman Forum (the current Piazza Erbe). First mentioned in a 959 document, it underwent rebuilding and restoration in the first half of the 12th century and its structure now reflects the Romanesque style typical of that period. The church is entered through a 16th century Renaissance portal, attributed to Gerolamo Giolfino, and in the lunette we can see a fresco by Niccolò Giolfino depicting St. John on the island of Patmos, in the act of writing the Apocalypse. A curiosity: inside the church we can see a miniature nativity set with 2-cm statuettes, handcrafted by World War I soldiers when the building served as a military hospital, and a Foucault Pendulum positioned there in 2005.