Lady's Rome Explorations

Explore Garbatella with Lady

It’s Saturday, the sun shines and we can feel the spring around us. Yes, this is the perfect day for an exploration of the neighbours of Rome. Today we go to Garbatella, now one of the trendiest places to live in Rome. I have to confess that this is my first tour in Garbatella even if many times I went to attend concerts at the local Palladium theatre.

Let’s start with some information. Garbatella was born in 1918 and at that time was a “Borgata”, a hamlet. Rome was experiencing a housing expansion and Garbatella was surrounded by the fields. The new neighbour was built following the idea of the British garden city but with some difference. There were family houses with backyards and plots of land, called “lotto”. At the beginning, there were about 60 lotti, then Garbatella had a further development that gave to the neighbour a unique architectural identity.

We start our exploration from Parco di Commodilla, where are the same name catacombs. Unfortunately, they are closed but it’s possible to visit them upon request to Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (email:  pcas@arcsacra.va). So, we go straight to Via della Garbatella.

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We feel like being in a village instead of Rome

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While walking we start to discover the famous lotti della Garbatella

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We enter in some of the lotti and we find a romantic spot

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We head to Palladium, a theatre designed  in 1927 by the architect Innocenzo Sabbatini

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In the same square, Piazza Bartolomeo Romano, there’s a pretty good restaurant, Al Ristoro degli Angeli, where they serve the typical Roman dishes.

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Once the place was a food shop and was called Ente Comunale di Consumo

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In Piazza Ricoldo da Montecroce, we discover a fountain famous by the name of Fontana Carlotta and la Scalinata degli Innamorati, the Lovers’ steps

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As we walk through the courtyards

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we arrive at another square, Piazza Benedetto Brin, the place where Garbatella was born the 18th February 1920

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We relax at the bench while we wait for the sunset. It’s time to go home, but it was a really interesting exploration.

How to get to Garbatella

Take B line of the Metropolitana and get off at Garbatella Station

 

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