Rome District Testaccio

Posted 11.04.2014 by Leigh

The area of Testaccio in Rome lies on the east bank of the River Tiber in the south of the city centre district. It is the city's 20th rione (district) and was named after Monte Testaccio, a large artificial mound of broken clay vessels (amphorae) which were left there in days gone by when the area was an important trade and industry district. Similar to Trastevere, the area was originally populated by the working class, but after much gentrification it has become a hip place to be for Romans and is slowly being discovered by tourists too. Testaccio is now home to some of Rome's best eateries, serving traditional Roman cuisine, side-by-side with more modern Mediterranean culinary delights, as well as cool bars and clubs. Also noteworthy, is the MACRO Exhibition Complex that is housed in the ex-abattoir.

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