Unknown for many, Testaccio neighborhood was once essential to Rome’s economy. It was the “port of Rome” where different goods used to arrive in amphoras. And indeed, pots or vases are the symbol of the neighborhood. Good examples of that are its shield and the monument that just a few weeks ago recovered its usual location in Piazza Testaccio.
And indeed these vessels are also some of the best proofs of history in this area of Rome (if Rome had a lack of history!). So much so, that the “Hill of Testaccio” is due to the accumulation of remnants of broken amphoras after emptying. Otherwise, we would be in a district easy to walk with a minimum cost. This hill, also known as Monte dei Cocci, is visitable.
For many the district continues undiscovered after a visit to Rome (and many Romans confess that they have never set foot here in his life). However, the gentrification of the area and the arrival of new attractions such as the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art), mean that the area slowly gets to be included in the “hipster” itineraries (slowly erasing its category as a working class neighborhood).
And if you need one more reason to spend a morning or afternoon in this neighborhood, let me recommend you the Angelina a Testaccio. An exquisite Italian restaurant (yes, pizza and pasta). Escaping the bustle of downtown has double award: tranquility and culinary excellence “local-taste-proof”. Moreover, not having the pressure of the center mass audience, will make you enjoy lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere without sitting down 30 centimeters away from next table.
Best way to get there is to take the underground to Piramide and go all around the monument, continuing all along Via Marmoratta.