Don Zurla's Pranks - Roman Popular Tradition

"Don Zurla's Pranks - Roman Popular Tradition" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 13th February 2011

Don Zurla's Pranks - Roman Popular Tradition, Italy

According to popular tradition, Cardinal Zurla, vicar of Rome at the time of pope Leo XII, greatly enjoyed playing tricks and dressing up. The pope put up with his eccentricity for years but eventually got tired of the prankster's roaming about in the ill-famed districts of the city at night, and decided to punish him once and for all. He had the cardinal arrested as a common tramp near a brothel by the Sant'Angelo bridge, and thrown into jail for the night. Cardinal Zurla was used to playing tricks on others but ended up being tricked himself.

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