CategoryExhibition Space, History
Good To KnowOpen until Late
SpecialisationHistory of Roman folkore
The permanent collection of the Museo di Roma in Trastevere shows key aspects of Roman life between the late 18th century and the second half of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of the artists who recorded this period.
The collection includes paintings, prints, drawings and watercolours, as well as six realistic life-size representations of 19th-century Roman folk life, known as the Roman scenes. The leading themes of the collection are the crafts, secular and religious festivals like carnival and Christmas, traditional dances like the saltarello, and traditional costumes.
In 2000, the museum re-opened after renovations, which created the ground floor spaces for temporary exhibitions and events.
Trastevere in the name of the museum refers to the district in which it is located. The centre of Rome is divided into 14 districts (rioni in Italian) and Trastevere is the 13th rione, on the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City. Thanks to its narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, the district has maintained much of its original character, and popular Roman culture is considered to remain strong here.