Mary Berry in Monte Testaccio, Rome - 20 October, 1822

from Diary of Mary Berry, 20 October 1822, page 323:

Went at three o'clock to Monte Testaccio to see the Saturnalia of Modern Rome in the month of October. They eat and drink every day at all sorts of cabarets, which are open and inhabited only in this month. Thursdays and Sundays there is always a crowd and dancing there. These dances are worth seeing, though the dancers are often dirty, and rarely pretty; they have a grace in the management of their apron or of their handkerchief, which they hold out displayed like a piece of drapery, which is quite remarkable, and which strongly reminds one of the ancient bas-relievos. …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 20 October 1822. In Lady Theresa Lewis, Lady Theresa Lewis and Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 3 (London, 1865), p. 323. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: Monte Testaccio, Rome


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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music accompanying Roman peasant dances performed by Roman peasants

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 October, 1822
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:50:58 +0000
Approved on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:44:11 +0000