The Old Workshop Hamlet

… infatti si ha dalle antiche memorie, che questo Castello [Subiaco] colle sue vicinanze chiamavasi Mandre; denominazione, che derivò dalla moltitudine de’ giumenti, schiavi, e armenti che in que’ luoghi si congregarono, e presero stanza in occasione de’ grandiosi lavori, che si fecero e nella predetta Villa [di Nerone], e negli Acquedotti, e ne’ laghi medesimi.

 

Sante Viola, Storia di Tivoli

 

If we had been here one century ago, we would have listened to all the hamlet’s sounds. Blacksmith’s anvil and the beaten copper, the scent of bread and the smell of the leather handled by the cobbler. The old Workshop Hamlet (Borgo degli Opifici) is Subiaco’s most ancient settlement, founded on the right bank of Aniene river, in order to exploit its force when the electricity was far from being invented. During the ages it became the waterfront of a city basing its economy on its river resource.

Today the river doesn’t move complex machineries anymore and the workshops have folded up, what remains is the charming silence of a place in which is possible to read the relationship that links Subiaco and the Aniene river. A relationship today renewed by the activities of young Sublacensis who guide the tourists with their rafts along the “blue artery” of Subiaco.

We could write an entire book about the anecdotes, the characters, and the meaning this hamlet takes on Subiaco. But trust me: it’s a story that’s worth heard from the voices of the nephews of those craftsmen, so as to not lose the memory of the old Italy. Ethea has collected these memoirs, and is at your disposal to tell them to you.

Per riassumere:

 

Cosa c'è da vedere?

– Il quartiere: il più antico nucleo urbano di Subiaco. Due vicoli che si incontrano racchiusi fra quattro archi medievali, a ridosso del fiume Aniene.

– Il Borgo dei Cartai, situato sul fiume, ultimo custode dei saperi artigiani

Quanto costa?

Passeggiare non costa nulla e fa bene al corpo e allo spirito. 🙂

Il Borgo dei Cartai prevede specifici tempi e modi di accesso: meglio consultare il sito o contattarli per sapere se è aperto!

Posso andarci tutto l'anno?

Le strade degli Opifici puoi percorrerle quando ti pare. D’estate è particolarmente piacevole: la freschezza del fiume si sente!

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If we had been here one century ago, we would have listened to all the hamlet’s sounds. Blacksmith’s anvil and the beaten copper, the scent of bread and the smell of the leather handled by the cobbler. The old Workshop Hamlet (Borgo degli Opifici) is Subiaco’s most ancient settlement, founded on the right bank of Aniene river, in order to exploit its force when the electricity was far from being invented. During the ages it became the waterfront of a city basing its economy on its river resource.

Today the river doesn’t move complex machineries anymore and the workshops have folded up, what remains is the charming silence of a place in which is possible to read the relationship that links Subiaco and the Aniene river. A relationship today renewed by the activities of young Sublacensis who guide the tourists with their rafts along the “blue artery” of Subiaco.

We could write an entire book about the anecdotes, the characters, and the meaning this hamlet takes on Subiaco. But trust me: it’s a story that’s worth heard from the voices of the nephews of those craftsmen, so as to not lose the memory of the old Italy. Ethea has collected these memoirs, and is at your disposal to tell them to you.

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