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: firstname.lastname@example.org). So, we go straight to Via della Garbatella.
We feel like being in a village instead of Rome
While walking we start to discover the famous lotti della Garbatella
We enter in some of the lotti and we find a romantic spot
We head to Palladium, a theatre designed in 1927 by the architect Innocenzo Sabbatini
In the same square, Piazza Bartolomeo Romano, there’s a pretty good restaurant, Al Ristoro degli Angeli, where they serve the typical Roman dishes.
Once the place was a food shop and was called Ente Comunale di Consumo
In Piazza Ricoldo da Montecroce, we discover a fountain famous by the name of Fontana Carlotta and la Scalinata degli Innamorati, the Lovers’ steps
As we walk through the courtyards
we arrive at another square, Piazza Benedetto Brin, the place where Garbatella was born the 18th February 1920
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