CLOISTER OF THE CHURCH OF SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA DE’ GENOVESI
The main venue of the International Piano Competition “Roma” is located in the area of the port of Riva Grande, in the heart of Trastevere, where the Genoa’s colony since XV Century owned warehouses and stores. Meliaduce Cicala, the Ambassador of Genoa to the Pope, bequeathed that with his inheritance, was built a hospital for sailors in need of treatment. This hospital, born of own will of Pope Sisto V, was built where now is the area of the Confraternity and was called S. Giovanni Battista, because it adjoined the church entitled to the Saint, beloved by the citizens of Genoa. After the “Sack of Rome” by the Lansquenets the church and the hospital, partially transformed in workhouse, were closed. In 1553, with bull of Pope Julius III, was founded the Confraternity, noble institution of the catholic laity, having since XVI Century noteworthy privileges. It was entrusted with the management of the hospital that could receive sailors coming from different parts. After the first repairs in XVIII Century Roman baroque, followed the existing one in Roman neo-classical.
Once again, this year the “Roma” International Piano Competition will take place in the picturesque frame of the Cloister of the Church of San Giovanni Battista de’ Genovesi.