Chiesa e Monastero di Sant'Egidio (Book 8) (Map D3) (Day 6) (View D10) (Rione Trastevere)
The small church of S. Egidio associated with the nearby nunnery
is the excuse for sketching life in Trastevere, which even at Vasi's time
had a reputation for being inhabited by the "true Romans". The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) S. Egidio; 2) Tribuna di S. Maria in Trastevere; 3) Palazzo Velli. The small map shows also 4) Oratorio del SS. Sacramento; 5) Palazzo Del Cinque.
Today, everywhere in Trastevere is not authentic, but here it is.
In the plate the church has the coat of arms of Urbanus VIII which is now lost. On the right external wall one of the many sacred images which one can find in the streets of Rome (it's shown in the plate at the far right).
The little square under the Tribuna di S. Maria in Trastevere is used in summer as the extension of a very typical Trastevere style trattoria. In a nearby alley Oratorio del SS. Sacramento with a very theatrical 1675 fašade is today yet another typical trattoria.
The building has been slightly altered, but it retains its two old doors, one of which is visible in the plate.
In the XVIIIth century the Del Cinque family built a very decorated "apartment block" near Piazza di
Montecitorio, but the origin of the family can be traced in this simpler Renaissance house in Trastevere. The madonnella shown above is in the nearby alley by the same name.
Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Susanna
Next step in Day 6 itinerary: Monastero di S. Pietro in Montorio
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