Manifactory is on via dei Funari 21/A
in the Sant’Angelo District, also known as the Jewish neighbourhood because of the presence of one of the most ancient ghettos in the world, with its Synagogue. Around the corner there is the Fontana delle Tartarughe (“The Turtle Fountain”), that get its name from the turtles usually attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
It is the area of Rome that has historically hosted artisans. The name of the street itself, via dei Funari, refers to the artisans who worked with hemp to create ropes.
Near Via dei Funari, there are Via dei Giubbonari (the street of the tunics artisans); Via dei Sediari (the street where chairs were made); Via dei Baullari (the street of the chests artisans); Via dei Chiavari (the street of metalworkers specialized in making keys and locks); Via dei Cartari and Via dei Librari (the streets of paper and book workers); Via dei Coronari (the street where merchants sold rosaries and holy objects to pilgrims directed to St. Peter’s Basilica); Via dei Falegnami (“The street of carpenters”) and Via dei Fornari (“The street of bakers”).
The tradition of the area can be known also by visiting the Crypta Balbi (on Via delle Botteghe Oscure), which is one of the branches of the National Roman Museum. Indeed, there are thousands of findings linked to artisan activities that date back between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
This is the perfect location for Manifactory, as it is a place that communicates the passion for the artisan old-school and well-made tradition.
Manifactory is a treasure dedicated to handicraft in the centre of the open-air museum that is Rome.