The Olympic village, a series of boxy, mostly two-storey buildings on stilts, was built to house athletes for the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Situated beside the Flaminio quarter on the opposite side of the Tiber from the Foro Italico sports complex, and extending under the Corso Francia flyover towards the new Auditorium, over the decades the originally well-designed Villaggio became an unsafe run-down quarter surrounded by better-kept residential areas, not far from the city centre.

Now the city has set aside