The Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is a reference point for fifteenth century Cardinal
Pietro Foscari, the nephew of the Doge of Venice of the time . It is where he is
A Venetian , officially created cardinal by Sixtus IV in 1477, it is said Paul II had already secretly bestowed upon him this honour nine years earlier .
Listen to the first episode of the series by the title of 'Tales of Scarlet' in which historian Stella Fletcher steps back in time and brings us the stories of some of the cardinals of the Catholic Church , following a route which begins at the 'Porta del Popolo ', once the northern gate of Rome, and ends up at Saint Peter's .
A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick .