rem – Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen

19. September 2010
bis 20. Februar 2011

Ausstellung der Länder
und Hessen

Die Staufer und Italien

The Italian Way of Life in Mannheim

The Italian Way of Life in Mannheim

The Italian Way of Life in Mannheim

Picturesque narrow streets lined with greenery, which suddenly open onto expansive bustling squares? Long bars at which game scores and current affairs are animatedly discussed over a morning espresso? Historic landmarks in the shadow of which one can observe this hustle and bustle in relaxation?

Laid out like a chessboard by the Elector Palatine Frederick IV around 1600, Mannheim’s downtown admittedly does not initially appear to offer everything associated with typical urban Italian life.

Nonetheless, a closer look is worthwhile because Italian flair is on hand all over Mannheim. Among Mannheim’s 310,000 residents, the nearly 8,000 Italians in the city make up the largest number of residents from other EU countries. Their Mediterranean tradition has unique blended with the penchant for conviviality and good food in the Electoral Palatinate. Today, a particularly broad range of Italian influenced restaurants, specialty stores, street cafés and market stalls enrich the city life in downtown Mannheim. On the occasion of the medieval exhibition “The House of Hohenstaufen and Italy”, the city is presenting its Italian side.