Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere

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Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere

Going across the river from the Isola Tiberina you end up in a little place of Trastevere neighborhood called piazza in Piscinula. The name of this square derives from the swimming pool baths (Roman spa) that probably existed here belonging to the Anici family which had a sumptuous palace on the square (it.piscina=pool). Should also be noticed the 14th century houses of the Mattei family, called Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House). In the house at the angle with via Lungarina lived for a certain period of time a Roman poet Trilussa.

Piazza in Piscinula, Trastevere, Rome
The Mattei family owned the buildings opposite the Ponte Cestio. Rich and powerful, the Mattei family lived here until the 16th century, when, after a series of murders on the premises, they decided to move out of the district entirely, crossing the river to build their magnificent palace in the Ghetto. On the other side of the Mattei building complex, you'll find Piazza in Piscinula. This small irregularly shaped piazza is just one of Trastevere's fascinating corners.
Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) - Image 1.jpg Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) - Image 2.jpg
Piazza in Piscinula was the center of the most ancient folklore of Trastevere district. The visitors are advised to go along the numerous little streets close to the square and breath the Medieval atmosphere and grace of their constructions.
windows of Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House).jpg Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House), opposite the Ponte Cestio, Piazza In Piscinula, Trastevere
One not very trustworthy tradition says that S.Benedict da Norcia (the founder of the monasticism in Europe) was born in a noble Anici family in Rome, in the zone of Piazza in Piscinula. Thanks to this legend here was erected a church dedicated to S.Benedict (Chiesa di S.Benedetto in Piscinula).
Chiesa di S.Benedetto in Piscinula
A visit to the piazza church - San Benedetto in Piscinula - is worth a detour. There you will find the place where St. Benedict lived before going to Subiaco. The church itself is medieval and basically everything is original. It is a construction in Roman style on a basilica plan with the four columns on each side and very little bell-tower which is dated since the 11th century and contains a bell of 1069, the oldest bell of Rome.

Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere
Piazza In Piscinula, Via della Lungaretta
Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) is opposit of Piazza In Piscinula, Trastevere
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Piazza in Piscinula and Casa dei Mattei (Mattei House) of Trastevere is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "16"
Bus: Catch Bus nr: H, 23,271,280 to stop in the nearby piazza Gioacchino Belli. Furthermore, the electric streetcar (Tram) n. 8 (Closest), 23, 125, 280, 780 provides quick access to Largo Argentina and, from there, to any other part of Rome's historic centre.
Nearest Subway/Train Station (Less than 1 km away): Trastevere

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