Its namesake: The name Niccolina refers to its 15th-century patron, Pope Nicolas V, renowned as a scholar and impassioned about book collecting. As pope, however, he paid attention to infrastructure ... more 
Its namesake: The name Niccolina refers to its 15th-century patron, Pope Nicolas V, renowned as a scholar and impassioned about book collecting. As pope, however, he paid attention to infrastructure and art, from restoring waterways to papal palaces. He has been credited with making the Vatican "the worthy residence of the popes."

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