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It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time ... More
It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time of Augustus and continued to do so until the end of the 19th Century. Trastevere then became a down-market residential quarter and has now developed into a very desirable quarter. The heart of the district is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere with its lovely church, a 17th-century palazzo, and a fountain in the middle which is probably Rome's oldest, having been designed by architects such as Bernini, Fontana and Della Porta. There are still some well-conserved medieval houses. On Sunday mornings, you can visit the Corte dei Vigili in Via dei Salumi, and if you enter the guard's rooms, you will see graffiti on the walls written by Roman soldiers who served the emperors from Septimus Severus to Caracalla, in addition to notations of their guard duty.
The collection housed in this Neo classical building includes works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The 19th century works
are mostly those of the macchiaioli (Florentine impressionist painters), a similar movement to puntinismo (pointillism), a style based on ...
Tradition has it that throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain guarantees a swift return to the
world's most beautiful city. Anita Ekberg's dip in it was immortalized in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Earlier Fontana ...
Santa Maria in Trastevere is the first Rome church to be consecrated to the Madonna. Its foundations were laid in
approximately AD 400, when Christianity was only just beginning to take root in Europe. The present edifice is dated ...
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