Rome's forgotten places
A journey through the forgotten places of Rome: the unfinished works of the eternal city, the center of the work of Carmelo Battaglia, visual artist.
A journey starting from the Flaminio stadium, designed by architect Antonio Nervi and his father Pier Luigi. The structure was built between 1957 and 1958, initially to host the matches of the Olympic Football Tournament in 1960, then hosted the 70s matches of the Italian National Rugby and Rugby Roma before being decommissioned in 2011. The structure looks abandoned, with brambles that have invaded the stands and water in the interior spaces, gyms and swimming pool, places that were once open to sportsmen of Rome and today delivered the neglect and degradation.
The complex of Confcommercio is located in Piazza dei Navigatori. A convention signed in 2004 granted the building of the complex together with the developmente of a series of services for the community. After 12 years, only the first one out of the three buildings called Z1, Z2, Z3, has been built. The other two facilities are in a state of neglect.
Totally abandoned, the futuristic and unfinished work by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava is located in Tor VErgata. Visible even from a great distance, the coverage has been shaped in the form of sailing and shark's fin, today also called Calatrava's sail. The project started in 2005 to host the World Swimming Championships in 2009 but was never completed due to the high cost of the building process.
The Tor di Valle racecourse is situated in a large area, named after the area of Rome where it is located. Opened in 1959 , the Roman Horses races were held in this seat until 2013, when it was closed to host the future stadium of the A.S. Roma football team. The structure is abandoned, but permanently manned by the supervisory service of the new stadium construction.