“We absolutely recommend an exchange with Luca and Marina in Rome. We enjoyed walking through the historical area of Garbatella, and were very close to all the highlights in the city centre (about 20 minutes from the heart of the city).Throughout the exchange we got detailed, accurate advice from Luca, who also entertained us with his amusing emails! The house was spacious, clean and comfortable, and they left our home spotless. We want to go back!”
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Where is it?
Garbatella neighbourhood, at the border of city centre delimited with the Aureliano's walls, is a kind of a Roman Notting Hill or Belleville, although here the melting pot includes less immigrants. The area is very popular with Romans because of its peculiar character and strong vitality on political and cultural points of view. You will see and could join many activities engaging typical Roman elderly people, young professionals and students from the third state university of Rome.
The university also run Palladium theatre proposing cultural and experimental theatre and movie.
Near the theatre the former public baths are a public library.
According with a tale, the name Garbatella (little and nice kind girl) came after an innkeeper who used refresh gentlemen during their hunts. On the fields just out city walls, a garden town was built mostly in '20ths and '30ths of XXth century.
Going out from the house and crossing the circonvallazione Ostiense street it is very relaxing walking in the little streets among fairy tale houses and reaching little restaurants, gardens with children park, pubs, out door cafes, almost without tourists (but with many middle class resident foreigners).
This is the main area of catacombs between ancient via Appia and the basilica of San Paolo fuori le mura both easy walks.
Allow 5 or 6 minutes on foot to reach the underground train station, from where the Colosseo is 3 stops away (five minutes ride). But walkers can go there in half an hour instead.
Bus lines 716 and 30 are very good to reach Testaccio (as an alternative, 15 / 20 minutes if you like better walking), the Campidoglio, and bridges for Trastevere.
Ten minutes on foot from the house there is the largest Eataly food department store in the world, with several restaurants for different Italian meals. But we like better farmers stalls in open air and in door markets, and little trattorie and pizzerie in the same Garbatella and, for even wider and more animated proposal, in the near Testaccio: two areas still belonging to romans.
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