Rome Sights

Piazza in Piscinula

  • Via della Lungaretta, Piazza della Gensola, Via in Piscinula, and Via Lungarina Map It
  • Trastevere
  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 04/26/2016

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One of Trastevere's most historic and time-burnished squares, this piazza takes its name from ancient Roman baths on the site (piscina means "pool"). It's said that the tiny church of San Benedetto on the piazza was built on the home of Roman nobles in which St. Benedict lived in the 5th century. Opposite is the medieval Casa dei Mattei (House of the Mattei), where the rich and powerful Mattei family lived until the 16th century, when, after a series of murders on the premises, colorful legend has it that they were forced to move out of the district, crossing the river to build their magnificent palace close to the Jewish Ghetto. Less colorful facts suggest the house belonged to a different branch of the family.

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Via della Lungaretta, Piazza della Gensola, Via in Piscinula, and Via Lungarina, Rome, Latium, 00153, Italy

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Published 04/26/2016


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