Redevelopment of the Railway line Rome – Civitavecchia

Type Masterplan, Mixed-Use

Location Rome, Italy

Year 2014


The proposed scheme consists in the transformation of the former railway line Rome-Civitavecchia which is located along Via Portuense, in particular, along the stretch between via Quirino Maiorana to Trastevere station. The context of the site is characterised by a former industrial area, currently the subject of many proposals for redevelopments.

The Railway was inaugurated in 1859 and played a significant role in the industrialization of the city following the proclamation of Rome as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The railway line was commissioned as a result of the need for a station located in a more strategic place and able to support the intensified traffic of trains.

My proposal aims to become a further stratification along the time, not erasing the peculiarities of the place, but introducing an intervention that has the railway as a common thread for the narrative.
I tried to understand how to motivate people to invest and actively participate in the life of these places aiming to achieve a heterogeneous urban core.




The functional mix of uses and paths and their distribution are inspired by the existing site condition and desire routes. The scheme takes down the barrier created by the difference in height in between Trastevere and Portuense, sewing up the neighborhoods in the mesh of the urban fabric.
1.6 km long elevated linear path to reimagine the role and the power that public spaces have, to create connected healthy neighborhoods and cities.
An archeological park with an exhibition pavilion and Roma 3 university form the two main attractors at the two ends of the redeveloped railway route.
A sequence of new focal points happen along the landscaped path to respond to the everyday life needs. Through a careful site analysis strategic underdeveloped plots have been identified to strengthen the scheme network. A new office building faces onto a public square where people can enjoy climbing activity. A sport centre offers in and outdoor facilities to the residents and forms an access point to the path.
The former railway station S.Paolo covers a new role hosting a permanent exhibition about the railway, it is an iconic space to invite visitors to take part to its past complementing the industrial experience.
The station is reinforced by a public space for events that links the difference in height to respond to the need of access to the station from the southern side of the city.
Just before to meet the river, a former wheat mills complex hosts hospitality activities, cafes, restaurants and retail spaces.
A pedestrian bridge, structurally connected to the existing railway bridge allows people to cross the river. This forms an important urban link with the recently redeveloped river side and the university of Roma3.
Visitors are invited to walk through gardens, view art, experience a performance, savor delicious food, play sports or connect with friends and neighbors. Many access points from both neighbourhoods invite people to take part to the experience.
Its positive impact aims to improve the quality and dynamism of the city life.