Chiesa e Monastero di Sant'Apollonia (Book 8) (Map C3) (Day 6) (View D10) (Rione Trastevere)
Vasi's views of Trastevere never show the elegant carriages which
populate so many views of Via del Corso, they offer instead much more interesting
details on the everyday life of the large majority of the population. 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. Margherita; 2) S. Apollonia; 3) Palazzo Leoni. The small map shows also 4) S.
Maria in Trastevere; 5) SS. Rufina e Seconda; 6) Palazzo Leopardi.
It takes a while to realize that this view is the same as the plate, because the name of the square is apparently all that is left of the Monastery of S. Apollonia.
The thickness of the walls and a sign of the decoration show that the apparently anonymous building is part of the Monastery.
Piazza S. Apollonia opens on Via della Lungaretta (the high street of Trastevere) and from the square one can see the bell tower of S. Maria in Trastevere. The image above shows the sunny side of Palazzo Leoni in Piazza S. Maria di Trastevere and one of its windows.
The church of S. Margherita, unlike S. Apollonia was not modified and it retains its late XVIIth century façade designed by Carlo Fontana. The monastery of S. Margherita is adjoined by another monastery dedicated to SS. Rufina e Seconda. The church of this latter monastery is inside the building and from the street the viewer can only see its XIIth century bell tower.
Palazzo Leopardi in Piazza S. Maria in Trastevere is also known as Palazzo Cavalieri after the name of the family
which once owned the building. It was built in the XVIth century but the decoration of the portal was added in the XVIIIth century.
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