Firstly, I have a secret to tell: this is a place where, some years ago, I filmed a real trashy TV show of which, happily, no evidence has survived!
For a few years I also lived in a flat just around the corner and could almost see Casa dell’Architettura from my window: I’ve always kept a good memory of it, and still love to come and spend an afternoon either reading a book, eating a sandwich, or working on my laptop (enjoying the free Wi-Fi provided here by the Municipality of Rome).
Here’s where the Board of the Architects of Rome is headquartered, a place many people usually pass by without noticing its beauty: it also often hosts exhibitions, festivals and conferences related to architecture (free entrance), while temporary installations are frequently changing the landscape of its gardens, guarded by very attentive and nice watchmen (especially along the “archaeological corners”).
So, if you get tired of sitting in your sunny – or shady – spot, you then have the opportunity to visit the building, which once hosted an Aquarium (hence the name by which the area is usually called – the Acquario Romano), and was then used as a warehouse for the Opera Theater before becoming the House of Architecture.
This is such a relaxing place for me that sometimes, if I have to travel by train, I come here well in advance and wait on a bench with my luggage… and a good book (Termini railway Station’s just a few steps away)!