« Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who can maintain the ability to see beauty will never get old. ».
The idea of Villaggio della Pace was born on an autumn afternoon in front of the Palladium, and is perhaps also inspired by the origins of the district hosting that theater (and that now observes its centenary) – “La Garbatella”, launching and concluding its celebration on the International Day of Peace (21 September 2020), in a tribute to one of the neighborhoods in Rome most adapted to human dimensions. Today one of the most coveted in the capital, as a hamlet it signals redemption for an area long considered a bit infamous.
They say, credibly, that its name derives from the presence in the neighborhood of a tavern whose owner was so notoriously kind and polite (garbata in Italian) that it took on the name “the polite hostel” (la garbata ostella). According to legend, the name of the hostess was Carlotta, and the tavern was located on the main road that pilgrims walked while visiting the seven main churches in Rome. QuotingGianni Rivolta, “The original name Concordia was given by the King as a sign of social détente in the period of the Red Biennium (1919-20) and during the Fascist period the Regime tried to call it Remuria with little success”, but in the end the popular name was imposed: Garbatella.
With Villaggio della Pace, we want to create an international, institutional, and civic awareness – built by, with, and for young people. An inclusive society, without any discrimination based on sex, gender, race, or political or religious affiliation, is achievable through dialogue between young people all over the world to promote peace and human rights. Let’s act together.
A society that promotes peace and human rights in each field also needs a revaluation of environmental and urban systems, to adapt public spaces to change and to include each and every individual. Villaggio della Pace pursues this objective through:
TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE
TO SCHOOL MANAGERS
FONDAZIONE GIOVANNI PAOLO II
EX CARTERIA LATINA
TO THE INSTITUTIONS
TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THIS ADVENTURE POSSIBLE