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Serranda 101

Posted on Apr 12, 2009 | 4 comments

So today I went to Frascati for a delicious Easter lunch, but I stupidly forgot to bring my camera. I had intended to, in fact I even packed a second lens in my bag, but forgot to bring the actual camera. My lovely friend Katie let me borrow hers and I’ll be getting the pics from her tomorrow, so until then I’m doing one of my daily life (ie. inane objects) posts. Tonight we’re talking about the serranda. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my post about painted serrande in San Lorenzo. Now it’s not like these don’t exist in other countries, but I didn’t grow up in the city and so never really noticed them before I moved here. Now I raise and lower one each day when I am at work and this is the security measure of choice for most shops here in Rome. The top photo shows the electronic mechanism for raising and lowering the metal door. This is key, as opening and closing them by hand is a major pain. We’ve had to do it before when the electricity was out and it is not fun! I think it’s kind of funny how the raise and lower words are written sideways (no idea why). You’ve got to be careful when putting your key in these things, we’ve actually broken a few off inside ours without even trying because the keys were too flimsy. The second photo is the funghetto or mushroom that acts to lock down the serranda. You put your key in and rotate the mushroom sideways, making it so the grate can’t be raised. I had no idea what this thing was called in Italian until one day when we had an emergency at the office and I needed to call the repair man. I can’t even remember what ridiculous phrase I used to try and describe this thing, but mushroom makes a lot of sense. Lastly I just want to show you that in case you should ever need help with your serranda, you will never be without aid for long. Can you believe how many stickers these fools put up? I wonder who they pay to go around and do this? Literally every serranda has a ton of these surrounding it. Between these and the stickers that moving companies put on all the trash bins, sticker makers must earn a fortune here. And there you have it….serranda 101.


  1. Thanks for the crash course in Serranda. It was very interesting. I took a look at your previous post and the pictures were quite artistic and well done. wonderful grafitti

  2. Hi Clueless in Boston, it was my pleasure. Glad you like these pics, as well as the others. The graffiti is pretty cool. And thanks for your blog as well…I’m from the Boston area so it gives me a nice reminder of home.

  3. I love these photos, especially the one of the fungo. I’m STILL trying to upload the pics from Frascati and will let you know when I succeed!

  4. Wonderful photos. I’m so glad I found your blog – I fell in love with Rome when I first visited a little more than 6 months ago, and seeing the details of daily life makes me feel like I’m there all over again!

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