Trastevere’s “Festa di Noantri”

Smartypants Chick Goes to Roma

In the movie Eat Pray Love, one of the characters says something along the lines of Romans think of themselves as Europeans third, Italians second and Roman’s first. Another character then says that Romans think of themselves as Romans third, Romans second and Romans first. They are proud to be Roman. Well, there’s a group of Romans that feel that they are the true Romans and those people are the Trasteverini. As Hughes’ writes in Rome “the Trasteverini’s persistent habit of seeing and speaking of themselves as the only true and authentic Romans, and of all other Romans as foreigners” was meant to be dissuaded by Borgo’s unification and inclusion of the Trastevere area, but it didn’t work. The sentiments of pride are evident in Trastevere’s annual festival “Festa di Noantri” which is translated to mean Festival of Us Others. This festival has been held annually since 1535 on July…

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