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Modern architecture of Rome at Trastevere museum

Rome, known as “The Eternal City” carries a lot of history with it. Nowadays, we recognize Rome by its splendid historical heritage, although, as modern and of the dynamic cities of Europe.

During our Segway tours, we will show you some of the greatest historical monuments from different times and you will hear the stories of Rome’s history.

But have You ever wonder, how Rome was turned in this vibrant city of 21st century’s Europe? How modern and ancient were melted together?

Currently, till 9th of July, in Museo di Roma in Trastevere you can see the changing process on exhibition “City in Black and White. Pictures 1951 – 1984”. It shows 50 before unseen pictures for public, from Italian architect, urban planner and historian Italo Insolera. He was particularly interested in relationship between archeology and the modern city, which helps us to understand the modernization of Rome better.

Insolera was a keen amateur photographer who wanted to record the processes of urban development and transformation, the main aim of his work. Black and white photography, was the tool chosen by this architect – urban planner to document his commitment to defending cultural and environmental heritage, and a constant search for solutions for governing the territory in the interests of the community. The images on display relate not only to Rome, but follow the author’s development. From early shots of Rome related to his training in the 1950s, to Sicily and Abruzzo, where Insolera held his first professional roles. After the publication of the essay “Modern Rome”, in 1962, come photographs from middle age, taken in Sardinia and Valneria. These photos show a growing interest in the signs that man leaves on a city and on the landscape. Finally, in the 1970s, Insolera devoted himself once more to Rome, creating images with stronger contrasts, and a greater emotional tension.

Italo Insolera, il bianco e nero delle città. Immagini 1951-1984.


Museo di Roma in Trastevere

Piazza S. Egidio, 1b – 00153
Tel. +39 060608

Tuesday – Sunday
10.00 – 20.00
Closed on Monday


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