Mayor Raggi opened “a new meeting place for everyone, full of greenery and history”
After years of construction works on the Metro C project, the city of Rome has reopened the gardens on Via Sannio, in the city’s San Giovanni district. The large public gardens, completely renovated, were opened by the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi.
“Today we have opened to the public the new Gardens in via Sannio, a large space completely renovated and redeveloped close to the Basilica of San Giovanni. For eight years this area was closed to allow the works of metro C and today it is back available to citizens and residents: a new meeting place for everyone, full of greenery and history”, said mayor Raggi.
“The redevelopment project was made possible thanks to the precious work of the Special Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Rome, the metro C consortium and Roma Metropolitane, with the contribution of the Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage.
In the garden, shrubs and cypresses have been planted that enhance the central avenue where there is also a path that will tell the story of the archaeological finds made during the excavation. For the little ones, on the other hand, a play area has been created near the Walls and the goal is to further increase the space dedicated to children. In this way, we return to the neighborhood a precious place that gives a new face to the whole area”, she added.
The 9,500 square meters green area is located in the shadow of the ancient Aurelian Walls, just between the Via Sannio markets and the Basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano.
Rome has also recently opened a new sports area for young people in the central Colle Oppio district, overlooking the Colosseum.
The recreational facilities, located directly over the Baths of Titus, include a skate park, two soccer pitches and a basketball court.
The open-air sporting area, donated to the city by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), is directly across the street from the Colosseum, parallel with the second tier of the ancient amphitheatre.
The sports ground has proved an instant success with young people and is seen as a positive step towards regenerating an area long associated with urban decay.
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