Garbatella is a poetic neighbourhood.
Garbatella is a maze of courtyards, each one with its own gardens, squares, stairs, balconies and fountains.
Garbatella is street art, don’t forget to look up!
I love this neighborhood so much that when I moved back to Rome I looked for an accommodation around here, fascinated by its relaxed lifestyle, its authenticity and most of all its courtyards, where the life of the neighborhood still takes place.
Actually all my best Garbatella’s memories are all somehow linked to its beautiful courtyards: one night I had a romantic walk under the stars crossing one courtyard after another and ending up at the railway -which is the border of the neighborhood- and I was impressed by the fact that you can cross the whole neighborhood off-the-beaten paved path, taking a charming walk across Garbatella’s picturesque courtyards instead.
Garbatella: a bit of Background
When Mussolini destroyed the urban structure of the historic centre, many residents were evicted and moved inside the two big buildings at the entrance of Garbatella -which served as hotels to host people that were waiting for an accommodation- and eventually brought to their assigned social houses.
Also Jews moved to Garbatella during WWII persecutions and once there they didn’t built a close community as everywhere else but mingled with locals, who themselves showed great solidarity and protected them from the Fascist troops.
Everything changes, especially in such a big city as Rome; and Garbatella already started its transition from a working class neighborhood to a cultural district (with the re-opening of the Palladium theatre and the inauguration of the third University of Rome) but the neighborhood hasn’t lost its authentic charm.
Garbatella: Eating out
Al Solito Posto, largo delle Sette Chiese 16: a gourmet bar perfect to have a draft beer with friends, often it organizes live music concerts and many other live events.
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