ROME’S HOUSE MUSEUMS
all year round
Self-guided walking tour of 12 historical buildings. Best places to visit: Casa-museo Accademia d’Armi Musumeci Greco, Casa-museo Mario Praz, Studio del pittore Francesco Trombadori, Casa-museo di Giacinto Scelsi, Studio di Luigi Pirandello – Istituto di Studi Pirandelliani e sul Teatro Contemporaneo, Casa-museo Alberto Moravia, Museo Fondazione Venanzio Crocetti, Museo Pietro Canonica, Casa-museo Hendrik Andersen, Casa di Goethe, Keats-Shelley House, Casa-museo di Giorgio de Chirico
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An outstanding itinerary for those willing to explore the Eternal City from another perspective. An impressive walk in the footsteps of the great writers, poets and artists who used to live in the Italian capital. A house museum can be defined as a historic house converted into a museum where furniture, books, souvenirs and everyday objects become part of the exhibition and faithfully reconstructed environments allow visitors to tune into the world of the artist who once lived there.
The tour starts in Piazza di Spagna with 2 stunning locations: the house of Giorgio de Chirico (at number 31), the founder of the scuola metafisica art movement and the Keats-Shelley House (at number 26), where the English Romantic poet died in February 1821 at the age of 25. Leaving the square you can walk through via del Corso: here – at number 18 – you can reach the Goethe House, where the German writer used to live from 1786 to 1788. The tour goes on with the house of Mario Praz, a celebrated scholar of English literature. The Pietro Canonica Museum can be found right in the heart of Villa Borghese: the sculptor used to live on the first floor, in a private apartment full of precious furnishings and paintings. More than 100 works by sculptor Venanzo Crocetti, including bronzes and paintings are on display at the Crocetti Museum located in the northern district of the city. Other small museums worth mentioning are the Alberto Moravia House Museum, set up in the apartment where the Italian writer created his personal library; the Studio of Luigi Pirandello, the final house of the writer consisting of a study, a bedroom and a terrace with more than 2.000 volumes among manuscripts, autograph letters, photographs and prizes; the House Museum of Giacinto Scelsi, home to all the musical instruments of the Count of d’Ayala Valva (1905-1988); the Studio of Italian painter Francesco Trombadori, a leading light in the so called “Roman School”; the House Museum of Hendrik Andersen, a Norwegian-American sculptor, painter and urban planner whose sculpture, paintings and writings demonstrate a fondness for large monumental classically inspired pieces; the Casa Museo Musumeci Greco located on the first floor of a 15th century small building hosting a collection of weapons dating from the 15th to the 20th century.