San Paolo – The area to watch


Want something unusual to do for a day? Try San Paolo, the suburban overspill of a crowded city. It has vintage shopping, surprising historical giants, and the coolest new bars and eateries.

New ambitious cafes, bars and developments are popping up among the slanting apartment blocks and cracked aging pavements of San Paolo. It began as an ex village turned huge housing project sitting alongside the river Tiber south of the centre. The whole area sunk in the soft earth so there has been a recent need to redevelop. When I lived there with lots of other students and went to the local Roma Tre University there wasn’t much excitement, even if we did hang out in leaning towers. But that’s all set to change. Even the heavy hitters of graffiti art have marked this as the area to watch. It’s a great area to visit or to live as it has the metro and night buses etc and now there’s lots of bars, clubs and culture to keep you occupied, with the added bonus that you’re away from the hectic flow of tourists in the nearby centre. Get off the metro blu line at ‘Basilica San Paolo’.  All signs point to San Paolo as the next local’s hang out haven.

To see what the area has to offer check out the different sections of UI eg. Shopping, Aperitivo etc and look for San Paolo, then get out a map and mark all the nice spots you can try in the area.




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