It's Carnivale time in Rome and this year it is dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden (more information courtesy of Buzz in Rome )
Queen Christina abdicated the Swedish throne and relocated to Rome. Evidence of the Queens' time here can be found at various points. To celebrate her arrival Bernini was commissioned to design the inner façade of the Porta del Popolo through which the Queen entered the city.
Queen Christina first lodged in Palazzo Farnese .
.........she also lived in Palazzo Torlonia on Via Conciliazione........
.......and finally Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere, where Christina's suite of rooms can be seen today.
The final resting place of the Queen is a tomb in St Peters - one of only four women who are buried in the Basilica.