Historic township in Rome
On the eastern outskirts of the capital, specifically in the Alessandrino district, between Via Prenestina, Via Casilina, Viale Palmiro Togliatti and Via Tor Tre Teste, lies the ancient suburb known as Quarticciolo. So called from the linguistic corruption of 'Quarto', due to its four-mile distance from Porta Maggiore, the area was originally an estate, transformed first into an anti-fascist suburb, then into a resilient micro-community.
At Quarticciolo, the local soul echoes throughout and blends with architectural and artistic peculiarities. Visit the Blue mural on the façade of the former Questura, depicting two classical icons – Venus de Milo on one side and Michelangelo's David on the other – in a contemporary reinterpretation: she is covered in designer accessories, complete with a poodle on a leash, and he is taking a selfie, wearing a gold wristwatch.
Right where history, symbolised by the Acquedotto Alessandrino, intertwines with the lives of the people, a neighbourhood is born, where acceptance and integration are its watchwords.