Quartiere Garbatella

Quartiere Garbatella information

Rome , Italy
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metro Garbatella
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Lonely Planet review

A favourite location for TV and film-makers, Quartiere Garbatella is an atmospheric, idiosyncratic district. It was originally conceived as a workers’ residential quarter, but in the 1920s the Fascists hijacked the project and used the area to house people who’d been displaced by construction work in the city. Many people were moved into alberghi suburbani (suburban hotels), big housing blocks designed by Innocenzo Sabbatini, the leading light of the ‘Roman School’ of architecture. The most famous, Albergo Rosso , is typical of the style. Other trademark buildings are the Scuola Cesare Battisti on Piazza Damiano Sauli and Teatro Palladium on Piazza Bartolomeo Romano.