Testaccio is perhaps the world's only neighborhood built on broken pots: the eponymous hill grew from discarded amphorae used to store oil, wine, and other goods loaded from the nearby Ripa, when Rome had a port and the Tiber was once a mighty river to an empire. Quiet during the day but buzzing on Saturday—with the very loud music from rows of discos and clubs, it's sometimes hailed as Rome's new "Left Bank" neighborhood.The area is also a must for those seeking authentic and comparatively cheap Roman cuisine.
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Piled up against the ancient Aurelian Walls, this famed cemetery was intended for the interment of non-Catholics. This is where…Learn More >
Piramide di Caio Cestio
This monumental tomb was designed in 12 BC for the immensely wealthy praetor Gaius Cestius in the form of a…Learn More >
San Paolo fuori le Mura
A couple of Metro stops farther down Via Ostiense from Testaccio, in a rather dreary location near the river, St.…Learn More >