Beginning at the edge of the 3rd century Aurelian Walls and progressing eastward, we will delve deeply into the history and culture of Pigneto, a pleasantly tourist-free district of Rome. The well-preserved Porta Maggiore, an Imperial gate, and the adjacent Baker’s Tomb will be the first monuments to greet us. Using them as a backdrop, we will discuss the development of this part of Rome and gain an understanding of the area’s geography and history. Our walking tour will progress into the Pigneto district, which is flanked by the ancient Via Prenestina and Via Casilina. Built in the 1920s and 1930s for housing Roman rail workers, Pigneto gave inspiration to Pasolini’s Neorealist films and has evolved in recent years to become a haven of young artists and a thriving, diverse immigrant community. As we meander through one of Rome’s hippest neighborhoods, we’ll explore everything from ancient aqueducts and transit to contemporary street art and urban gardening. Finally, we will stroll through the villini, a section of Pigneto populated by villas made for Fascist era transit managers, before ending in Mandrione, Pasolini’s former stomping ground and home to aqueduct ruins. You can preview Pigneto by watching the video on the left.
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