Garbatella

Garbatella is the type of neighborhood where sprightly Italian grandmothers serve you pasta just like they did in the old days.

Garbatella is Rome's living proof that things don't always go according to plan. This Fascist-designed web of curved sidewalks and angular plazas was forced to convert to Communism in the 1970s. Garbatella’s residents responded to the totalitarian policies and now their freewheeling, free-thinking spirits are reflected in the neighborhood's delightfully diverse food offerings and relaxed nightlife. Garbatella might not be the stringent utopia envisioned by its founders, but it remains one of Rome’s most intriguing neighborhoods.

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On the Map

Garbatella is within Ostiense and bordered by Testaccio, San Paolo, Ripa, Portuense, and Roma Centro

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 10 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 10 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 25 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Infused With Community Spirit In Central Rome

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Garbatella's crumbling facades and laundry-pinned clotheslines recall a Rome of the past.

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The community in this neighborhood has loved its plazas, piazzas, and comfortable cafes for generations.

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Surprising angularity contrasts with smooth edges in Garbatella, and their curious lines remain a Roman oddity.

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Garbatella's inconspicuous buildings often hide beloved trattorias and private courtyards within their walls.

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When you find yourself inside one, you sit back and enjoy.

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Similar to Garbatella's secret garden spaces, street art nestles itself into nooks throughout the neighborhood.

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Some of the art publicizes local opinion while other works reflect local support.

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Garbatella residents display their support for their soccer team proudly upon the walls of their neighborhood.

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Many interesting excursions on foot can be made from here to important sites such as the Via Appia with its Roman ruins and catacombs, the basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls where the apostle is buried, the beautiful houses of the 1930's in Garbatella, and the Sunday market at Portaportese..."

Garbatella's Culinary Culture

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Trattorias typify Garbatella.

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Its casual dining spots are revered for their simple cuisine and strict adherence to grandmotherly traditions.

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In the mood for bucatini all'amatriciana?

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Care for a plate of rigatoni alla carbonara?

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Crave a serving of saltimbocca alla romana?

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You'll encounter countless Italian specialities inside Garbatella's ristorantes.

Garbatella's Fresh Food Market

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Food is foremost in Garbatella.

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Fresh produce stalls line the sides of the neighborhood's local market.

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In Garbatella, raw ingredients become living canvases for culinary artists. To admire their work, you must eat.

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Mangia, mangia.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Thomas Toti

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Thomas Toti is a photographer and director of photography. He has been burning film since he was 15 years old. A fascination for different cultures has led him to travel and this passion manifests itself in his work, where he applies a fresh approach to every shoot. He is intrigued by Rome and loved shooting for Airbnb as it allowed him to pay homage to both the city and its tourists.

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