|Moravia's study. He personally answered every|
Yet a great writer he was, and we can breathe in the atmosphere he shared with his wives (the third one 40-some years younger than he) and other intellectual companions, including Pier Paolo Pasolini. Moravia's life, in addition to being shaped by his wives and friends, was also heavily influenced by his 5-year bed rest as a teenager with tuberculosis, a life-long disease for him, and by Fascism. His father was Jewish, and the family name was Pincherle. The Fascist regime kept track of his activities.
|Moravia, by Renato Guttuso|
Moravia was much painted by his artist friends; as a result, a significant part of the tour is the guide pointing out paintings. There are 3 by Renato Guttuso (one of our favorite 20th-century Italian painters) alone.
|via della Vittoria, 1, in boring Prati. Moravia's |
apartment occupied the top floor on the rounded corner;
the terrace is quite something.
Casa Moravia was opened only a couple years ago, though the State has owned the apartment and its belongings basically since Moravia died. Tours are given only at 10 and 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month, and reservations must be made in the month preceding the one in which you wish to take the tour. Euro 5; Lungotevere della Vittoria, 1. Web site in English: http://en.casaalbertomoravia.it/. For reservations, call: +39 339 2745206 (ArcheArte).
For RST's other "Home in Rome" postings, see those on German writer and philosopher Goethe, Nobel prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, and artist Giorgio de Chirico (in birth order).