The “suburb neighbourhood” in the Italian capital
Between Via Cristoforo Colombo and the Palazzo della Regione Lazio lies the vast Garbatella neighbourhood. Founded as a hamlet under Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, over the years it has retained its original humble appearance.
The Garbatella neighbourhood is divided into lots, where you can see small buildings, no more than three storeys high, surrounded by gardens and inner courtyards, with laundries and clotheslines, just like in a typical village. It is a popular gathering place among locals, amid walls, shops and wine cellars. Lot 24 is the most famous, thanks to its 13 Roman Baroque-style buildings. Known as “model houses”, these small villas bear the name of the architect who designed them at their entrance.
When visiting Garbatella, don’t miss the iconic Piazza Sant’Eurosia, which Nanni Moretti rode across on a Vespa in the film Dear Diary. We recommend admiring the Fontana Carlotta fountain in Piazza Rinaldo da Montecroce, with its “Lovers’ Staircase”, the “scoletta” building in Piazza Nicola Lombardi, and Villa Rosselli, which was built on a 1st-century Roman domus and featured in some scenes of the film Toto and Marcellino.