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Luiss Guido Carli


The Unusual Rome series: Garbatella, the poetic side of Rome


Garbatella is a maze of courtyards, each one with its own gardens, squares, stairs, balconies and fountains. The legend says that its name comes from an innkeeper known as Carlotta who fed construction workers, which led to the shortening of Garbata Ostella meaning ‘well-liked hostel’ to Garbatella.

The area was a development plan for working class families in the 1920s copying the British ‘Garden City’, a utopian ideal where residents live in harmony with nature. The architectural style is a mix of Baroque-like Barocchetto with naturalistic botanical and animal motifs along with Medieval and Renaissance flourishes.

All LUISS students are invited to join!

  • When: Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Meeting point: piazza Benedetto Brin (5 minutes walking from Metro B Garbatella)
  • Fee: €5 per person

To join the tour, please register before Thursday, March 2.


The registration for the tour works on a first come, first served basis for a maximum of 50 spots, therefore LUISS recommends students to register only if actually participating.