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In pre-Hispanic times, the Roma colony was an islet surrounded by canals, a neighborhood called 'Aztacalco', which means 'place of the herons', according to historian Manuel Orozco y Berra. Today the Roma neighborhood is barely a century old and has currently positioned itself as one of the most important colonies in CDMX. In this period of more than 100 years, many episodes have happened in its streets and houses, and so much so that it has become involved in the history of cinema and literature like few other areas of Mexico City.
Today La Roma is one of the most trendy areas of CDMX with endless galleries, cafes, bookstores, museums. But it also houses buildings where incredible stories happened that transport us back in time. Beyond the tangible, the Roma neighborhood is all those stories that make it have so much magic and presence.
Walking this neighborhood is living it, and that is why at Stanza Hotel we have decided to write down our experiences and share with you the best walks in the neighborhood. So we made a list of hikes categorized by type of activity so you can explore one of the best neighborhoods in Mexico City.
THE WALK THROUGH THE MUSEUMS OF COLONIA ROMA
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If you are at Stanza Hotel you can exit on the iconic Álvaro Obregón Avenue, and at number 73, you will find the Casa del Poeta Ramón López Velarde Museum. This standard of Mexican poetry lived here and the beautiful classic Porfirian building was rescued and converted into a cultural space for the purposes of literary dissemination. In this space you will find on display the graphic work of great designers, national or foreign, especially in the poster format used as a classic means of dissemination and artistic expression. The Poet's House completes its attractions with the Salvador Novo and Efraín Huerta Library. With just over eleven thousand volumes, this cultural space becomes a mandatory point of reference for those concerned about national literature and a place for specialized studies in poetry. The service is for consultation in the room.
You can turn the corner to continue to Colima Street and at number 145 you will find the Museo del Objeto (Modo). This museum has more than a thousand pieces, some dating back to 1810 and which are representative of the historical stages that Mexico has gone through since then.
We recommend stopping at the Rosetta bakery for a delicious coffee and bread to continue your walk. From the prestigious chef Elena Reygadas, this cozy place is one of the most beloved places in Rome due to its homely personality. It has options for vegans and vegetarians and its leaf cake and red fruit cake are very well known. It is in Colima 179.
On the other side of the street, you will find the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana, at number 196; with temporary exhibitions that honor and remember the work of the engravers and painters who give and gave color to Mexico, practically, "all current currents in current Mexican art and all generations of artists have a place in this venue."
You can continue turning the corner towards Tabasco Street where Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo is located. Although it is not a museum but an art gallery, on this route you are just passing through. Arróniz arises from a particular interest in working with a new generation of artists from Mexico and Latin America. They strive to support and closely follow the careers of our artists both locally and internationally.
Also, at Chihuahua 194, there is the Leonora Carrington Casa Estudio Museum. This is the house where this renowned surrealist painter lived; You will take a walk through her intimate space, from where she was surely inspired to bring us her characters.
Very close to the Glorieta Cibeles, on Valladolid Street #52, you will find the Guillermo Tovar de Teresa House Museum, here you will find the personal collection of this historian, but you will also find the third headquarters of the Soumaya Museum.