The permanent collection of the Museo di Roma in Trastevere exhibits the salient aspects of popular life in Rome from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, filtered through the tastes and convictions of the artists and folklorists who represented it. The major themes present in the collection are the costumes, the popular dances, the secular and religious festivals and the crafts.
In particular the collection includes a collection paintings, prints, drawings and watercolours, a crèche in the form of a nineteenth century Roman room, six realistic representations of rooms, better known as the Roman scenes, which reproduce at life size, aspects of popular Roman life of the Nineteenth Century. The belongings of the great poet Trilussa (Rome 1871 - 1950) were donated to the City of Rome after his death. They now make up part of the museum’s collection and are partly on display in the video installation known as Trilussa’s room.
The museum periodically rotates its works, to allow the visitors to appreciate as many of them as possible.
Among the views of Rome and the Roman countryside on display are a Nocturnal view of Rome by Amedeo Simonetti (1874-1922), a view of Piazza Colonna by night by Pasquale Ruggero (1851-1915) and several small views by Diego Angeli (1869-1937). Among the paintings on display dedicated to the crafts are a roast chestnut stand on the Via Sistina by Arnoldo Corrodi (1846-11874) and, among those showing religious scenes, The blessing of the horses at St Antony on the Esquiline (1855). Also on display are a terracotta sculpture by Achille Pinelli (Roma 1809-1841), Barbaro, barbaresco and masks, created in 1833, which shows a scene from the Roman carnival.