Testaccio: Not the Usual Rome

by APortante / Jul 31, 2012 /

This presentation is directed to anyone visiting Rome but especially those with a passion for lesser known places that hide a great story (and history). Or simply those who have seen it all already.

Testaccio is a still a very genuine neighborhood in Rome, despite a vibrant night life. Few tourists bother to go and see the hill made of discarded clay containers, that witness the economic history of the city. Archaeologists read from the marks still readable on them the year to year change in quantities and origin of the imports.

From that time the neighborhood had a productive/industrial mission that disappeared after the fall of the empire, when population shrank and the place became countryside but came back in XIX century with the main city abattoir (slaughterhouse) now a contemporary art museum.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Portante
a.portante[at]gmail.com

 

 

 

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