Trilussa Square in Rome, in the past called “Piazza Ponte Sisto”, can be considered as a must-have for visiting Trastevere, being one of the gateways to the Lungotevere.
It is among the main attractions of the capital, both for tourists and for Roman citizens, surrounded by restaurants, pubs, cocktail bars and clubs to have fun or eat something.
Much lived during the day, especially during the beautiful season, crowds of art exhibitors, street musicians and many people sitting on the stairs near the fountains.
Trilussa Square in Rome: where to find it
In the vicinity we find the Tiber waterfront of Trastevere “Raffaello Sanzio” and Ponte Sisto on the other side. This bridge was wanted by Pope Sisto IV della Rovere during the Jubilee of 1475 to facilitate the transit between Trastevere and the Vatican with the rest of the city.
Continuing along the Rione Regola (the name derives from “Renula”, the soft sand that the Tevere still deposits during the floods), you can easily reach the suggestive via Giulia (considered today one of the most luxurious streets of Rome) and Palazzo Farnese.
We can also admire Ponte Garibaldi, built at the end of the 19th century by the architect Angelo Vescovali, until to see Circo Massimo.
Trilussa Square in Rome: tribute to the poet
The square is a tribute to the Roman poet Carlo Alberto Camilo Mariano Salustri (1871-1950), known as Trilussa. At the heart of the area is the beautiful fountain of Ponte Sisto, also known as the Fountain of the Cento Preti, made by the Dutch architect Jan van Santen (known under the pseudonym of Giovanni Vasanzio), author of the construction of the Casino Nobile of Villa Borghese Pinciana (location of the Borghese Gallery), with the collaboration of Giovanni Fontana for the hydraulic part in 1613.
Trilussa Square in Rome: anecdotes on the fountain of Ponte Sisto
In its original location the fountain was not in Trilussa Square, but at the bottom of Via Giulia. In 1870, with the decision to widen the Tiber river banks, the palace to which it leant against was demolished and the fountain was necessarily “moved” and stored in the city’s strorage. In 1898 it was recovered and reconstructed by the architect Angelo Vescovali exactly where we see it now, located on the slopes of a staircase.
This reconstruction allows you to enjoy a spectacular view: on the other bank of the Tiber, practically overlapping the other, you can admire the fountain of the Cento Preti and at the top of the Gianicolo the water fountain of Acqua Paola (called by the Romans “er fontanone”, which is the same as quoted by the famous song “Roma Capoccia” by Antonello Venditti).
Carlo Alberto Trilussa, the statue
Is this Trilussa? The statue depicting it, forged in bronze in 1954 by the sculptor Lorenzo Ferri four years after the disappearance, is in a corner of the square, in a defiled position. He has a “curious” posture, like that of a rising man, with a moving hand in declaiming verses. The effigy was criticized by the poet’s friends, who did not recognize him in that pose, as well as in the aspect.
Next to the statue of Trilussa there is a tombstone with the text of his poem “In the Shadow” (Italian: “All’Ombra”):
”Mentre me leggo er solito giornale spaparacchiato all’ombra d’un pajaro, vedo un porco e je dico: – Addio, majale! vedo un ciuccio e je dico: – Addio, somaro! Forse ‘ste bestie nun me capiranno, ma provo armeno la soddisfazzione de poté dì le cose come stanno senza paura de finì in priggione”.
Probably it was chosen because it is the work that best reflects the moralism, the open and friendly wit, and the “quid” of contempt that the poet was nourishing towards “people”.
Trilussa Square today
Trilussa Square continues to be today the favorite place for tourists and all those Romans who do not want to give up the taste of the real Rome.
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