Guide to the Testaccio Neighborhood of Rome

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Monte Testaccio

Testaccio is skipped by visitors to Rome but there’s really quite a few touristic things. The neighborhood isn’t far away from the more hip places of Rome, but has plenty to offer for tourists and sailors alike. The Rome neighborhood was found by me on a walking trip on my very first day in the Eternal City.

Protestant Cemetery

The region was home to many industries because Testaccio was predominately a low-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome. The Romans used vases to store oil but on account of this oil’s corrosive qualities, every amphorae needed to be discarded after being used. All these amphorae necessarily built up at the Testaccio neighborhood and eventually the place became a garbage dump for amphorae. From the 300s, olive oil was transported and kept in various ways but the busted testae (or fragments in the broken amphorae) remained.

Food in Testaccio

The mound was covered with dirt in parts, but it’s still possible to see shards of pottery that was Roman. The mound is estimated to have as many as 50 million testae that would have kept over 6 billion liters of olive oil!

Another interesting tourist site in the Testaccio Area is That the Protestant Cemetery.

The cemetery has traditionally become the burial home for the non-catholics at Rome. Most noteworthy would be the English poets John Keats and Percy Shelley.

Keats’ tomb is particularly notable since there’s no name on it:”Here lies one whose name was writ in water.” Keats the English Romantic, was never known for his work and died at only the age of 25.

Also in the cemetery is a pyramid dating back to 12 BC. The pyramid was built as a tomb for Caius Cestius, a magistrate of ancient Rome.

Guide to the Testaccio Neighborhood of Rome

There are many traditional restaurants and food markets because the region was traditionally a blue-collar place. The meals market has over 70 new food stalls–everything from Carmelo the Tomato Poet to seafood mongers.

Just around the corner in the sector is the Volpetti gourmet food shop which has over 150 varieties of Italian cheese. If you’re searching for an authentic Italian restaurant, try Flavio al Velavevodetto (site ). They’re famous for their Rigatoni alla Carbonara recipe– even that a Rome dish.

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