Unexpected Rome: Ospedale Nuovo Regina Margherita in Trastevere

It seems strange to tell someone that they really need to go check out this hospital…

But you really have to go check out this hospital.

ospedale nuovo regina margherita in Trastevere

I know, I know. I hate hospitals too.

But Ospedale Nuovo Regina Margherita is not your typical hospital.

Trastevere hospital

Or, I mean it IS your typical hospital(?)

As you can see, the diabetes clinic is just up this way.

But most hospitals are not set in an old monastery.

Cloisters of Regina Margherita hospital in Rome

Construction of the monastery ended in 1069, so this some legit old building stuff that you can see right in the middle of Trastevere.

Well, then a bunch of stuff happened with a lot of Popes and monks and it was eventually left in such disrepair that it had to be rebuilt from its foundations in 1475.

Verdict: still pret-ty old.

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Then there was the sack of Rome, then some more invasions, but still the monastery stood.

It was not until 1891 that the monastery was converted into a hospice.

porticoes in Trastevere Rome

The beautiful porticoes betray the monastic history.

Regina Margherita hospital in Trastevere, Rome

But the walls are also lined with ancient artifacts from even earlier.

Courtyard of Italian hospital

In the central garden you can find a quiet place to sit among urns that date back to the 6th century.

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Fragments and tombstones have been imbedded into the still-fairly-ancient walls.

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All you have to do is pass through the gate off of Piazza San Cosimato like you own the place. The cloisters are in the dead center.

Sorry. Hospital joke?

Afterwards, you can shop at mercato San Cosimato or grab one of the best gelatos in Rome from Fatamorgana.

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Reply Maria Pasquale November 17, 2016 at 3:10 am

    This is my favourite oasis in Rome! So beautiful and peaceful!

    • Reply Natalie November 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Such an incredible corner of Rome!

  • Reply dena landry November 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Beautiful, bet you can just feel the history in there, like many of the building there and in rome

    • Reply Natalie November 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Absolutely. It is sometimes hard to know how many things of hidden beauty sit just behind a wall in Rome.

  • Reply Lucy November 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, I can’t imagine going for an appointment there! It’d at least distract me from my usual hospital anxiety I’m sure! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Reply Natalie November 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Right?? I would still be a bit nervous. Hate the doctor’s office… but at least I would have a place to calm down when I inevitably arrived 30 minutes early.

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