This district has always maintained its humble, country-like origin, but today it has
gained a reputation as a site of significant cultural value.
Its true Roman soul has always expressed the values of the working class, as shown
when it was chosen as set to the popular TV series I Cesaroni.
Today it hosts several important cultural centres such as the Ambra Theatre at
Garbatella and the Palladium Theatre.
Here you can also find many interesting restaurants such as Acino Brillo and Molo
The origin of the name Garbatella is explained in various ways; one version tells
about a tavern in the neighborhood held by a gentle hostess, so gentle as to become famous, the “Garbata Ostella” (kind hostess) which was contracted into “Garbatella”. According to the legend, the name of the attendant was Carlotta, and the inn was located in the area of St. Paul’s Basilica, near Via delle Sette Chiese, the road that pilgrims travelled on their pilgrimage to the seven churches of Rome.
This neighborhood is the only one in Rome that sees the development of houses around courtyards and common spaces, due to its popular origin as these were rural, man-made spaces.
Originally conceived as a town separate from the city and surrounded by the countryside, it shows a variety of interesting architectural styles, appreciated by architects and urbanists all over the world.
Every year I discover something new in this neighborhood thanks to my two dear friends who live there.
Especially my friend Marco is very much concerned with the place, since he is a real artist and delights in drawing on cardboard various subjects including this one, which very well represents the spirit of Garbatella!