One of the surprise delights of Trastevere for Martha and I was a visit to the Museo di Roma in Trastevere to see the exhibits on photography from back when it was an art practiced with harsh chemicals and odd hand gestures under the enlarger lens that brought a picture to life. The exhibits were:
- Paul Strand & Walter Rosenblum. Corrispondenze elettive
- La Fotografia e il Neorealismo in Italia, 1945-1965
But also intriguing was the collection of watercolors. My favorite, however (don’t laugh, please) were the life-size “dollhouse” exhibits reflecting scenes from Rome’s recent past, like the horse-drawn wine buggy which brought wine to Rome’s taverns up until the early 1950s!
The Museum is housed in an interesting building:
in what was once the Monastery of Sant’Egidio, where discalced Carmelite nuns lived until the capture of Rome. The building was restored and, in 1976, became a museum of Roman folklore and poetry, displaying material on the Roman people and their traditions, which had previously been kept in the Museum of Rome and the Municipal Ministry of the Press. In the year 2000 the museum was reopened to public with the name of The Museum of Rome in Trastevere.
Rome’s museums have a great website called I Musei in Comune. The English is perfect, and if you sign up for the newsletter you can get a discount on tickets and books. Lots of interesting museums in Rome!
Here’s a map showing the location of the Museum of Rome in Trastevere:
Find out more about the neighborhood attractions with a Map of Trastevere and Travel Guide