Tor Bella Monaca was born between
the 20s and 30s around the weapon
factory Breda. In the 80s the
neighborhood became a site of
council housing expansion and was
thus transformed into a sort of
Lately the Council has tried to
improve this area in fact a
modern theatre and a new
University, Tor Vergata, have
been built there.
In Tor Bella Monaca there‟s a high rate of drug-selling, prostitution and
youth problems. The reason for all this is a high concentration of
deprived families in the bigs condos of “le torri” (the towers) and the
lack of cultural faciliities, in fact there‟s just a shopping Centre in the
Youths are trying to improve their situation, especially through music
and art. An example is the rapper Saga er Secco, a new musician who
talks about his problems and his life in the lyrics of his songs.
Centocelle developed as an
illegal surburbin at the Nowadays Centocelle is not
beginning of 60s. It soon the most degraded suburb in
became a place teeming with the city, but there are still
crime because a lot of poor some crime problems.
people moved there.
Nowadays crimes are mostly linked with
the presence of lots of illegal car the park in the old military
wreckers airoport (a place of election for
the presence of the gypsy camp
In Rome there are lots of illegal gypsy camps where Roms are forced to
live in shacks with precarious hygiene conditions, often without
electricity and heating. Given these conditions they can hardly get a
legal job, so their camps become crime ridden places.
Pigneto developed in the same way
as many other roman suburbs: it
started in 1870 as a poor illegal
suburb. The name Pigneto is due to
the long road surrounded by pine
trees which crosses the area.
Pigneto isn‟t a center of petty
criminality any more, but it has
become the hiding place of the new
“Red Brigades”, a nextreme leftist
group that in the „70 used armed
fighting to destroy the state.
This place was chosen by
lots of film directors as a
set for their films (for
example “Roma città
aperta” by R. Rossellini).
In particular Pasolini, an important
Italian director, loved this place and
chose it as the set of his most
important film “Accattone”. He
called this place “the draft crown of
Magliana is also called “portuense” since it is situated along the
road that leads to Ostia, Rome seaside suburb and tourist port. In
the history of Rome criminaity its name is linked to the “banda della
Magliana”, a criminal gang that dominated criminality in the 80s.
From the criminal deeds of “banda della magliana” the writer Giancarlo De
Cataldo, who is also a former judge, wrote a famous and succesfull novel,
“Romanzo Criminale”. It is a reality-based story: the autor used the
members of the original gang to tell his story. Michele Placido, a famous
actor and film director, made a film and a TV series from this novel.
Eleonora Di Pinto