In the winter, Rome can be positively dreary.
During the long gray days, you start to crave a cheery spot of color – which is exactly what you will find in La Piccola Londra.
Rome’s “Little London” is an architectural anomaly.
The short street was an experiment in city planning that was built around 1909.
Rome had ambitions to become a modern European capital and was expanding outside the Aurelian walls.
The Flaminio neighborhood was the first to be developed under the plan, and architect Quadrio Pirani tested out a very un-Roman design: a row of small, independent houses with stairs leading up to the front door and gardens in the back.
Exactly the kind of houses you might hope to find in London.
The design never moved beyond this one small street, but it remains a perfectly preserved Piccola Londra tucked away in bella Roma.
If you want to visit, Piccola Londra is located on Via Bernardo Celentano, directly off of Via Flaminia.
Just keep in mind that there may or may not be a little old lady sitting on said stoop, mean mugging you.
There is a gate to keep cars out, but it should be unlocked if you give it a light tap.
It is a tiny, and charming residential street.
Little London may not be worth going out of your way for, but it certainly warrants a peek if you happen to be in the area for the Maxxi or the stadium.