Zappata Romana


The Zappata Romana project is web platform of a research in progress that investigates the spontaneous shared gardens in Rome as a collective action for the appropriation of urban public space and the development of environmental, economic and social innovative issues.


It begins in 2010 with a survey of the existing community gardens with an interactive icon-based map on Google. Since then, when the spontaneous phenomenon was still fairly unknown, over 100 sites have been uploaded. The main objectives are: to describe such emerging phenomenon of positive reaction to vacant or abandoned urban spaces, to observe social sites where the relationship with the land encounters themes of public space as collective and shared space along with the integration of social and environmental sustainability, to to encourage the dissemination of experience and skills and to promote green space like an active and attractive that deserves to be visited. One of the most famous project of Zappata Romana is Horto Urbis.


Roman land owner
If you let your land be used you could get in exchange either a symbolic rental, part of the harvest (fruits, vegetables, flowers) or save on maintenaince.

Roman citizens, gardeners and farmers
You can improve your neighborhood, obtain part of the produce and develop projects together with other citizens and bring benefits to your community.


+ dissemination of experiences

+ promotion of collectives actions for urban public space

+ social or community goals/benefits


– complex work of management and organization of works and subjects