Testaccio is known as Rome’s “popular district” and to this day remains the only one, alongside Trastevere, to maintain a genuine and strong sense of “Romanity”. Just across the river Tiber, close to the Boutique Hotel, Rome centre in its authenticity.
This is where Elsa Morante was born and among its streets and many attractions, it’s possible to have a unique personal experience, just right for both romantic souls and business travellers looking for a pleasant distraction.
Any journey through Testaccio district starts from Pyramid of Cestius, a funerary monument erected by Caius Cestius Epŭlo between 18 and 12 b.C., following the wave of the oriental style that struck Rome after the Egypt conquest. 36.40 metres high, it has a square base, with the exterior covered in slabs of Carrara marble. It was erected in only 330 days because the heirs of the Roman politician would have lost his considerable inheritance if they had not succeeded.
Taking via Marmorata, in the direction of the Tiber, you can stumble upon Porta San Paolo, one of the best preserved gates of the Aurelian wall. Its original name was Porta Ostiensis and it connected the city to its ancient port.
Very close by you will notice some imposing Fascist buildings, including Palazzo delle Poste, an example of rationalism built between 1933 and 1934.
A small diversion onto Via Galvani, and there are numerous street art masterpieces, including the old air force barracks revisited by Blu and “Jumping Wolf” by Roa. The next destination is Piazza dell’Emporio, where you can admire a Roman arch belonging to the Roman Emporium, a group of buildings constructed between the 2nd century b.C. and the 2nd century a.C.
Between Via Manarola and Via Rubattino you will also find Porticus Aemilia, a majestic building near the city’s river port.
A central stop is Monte de’ Cocci, a hill created by the accumulation of fragments or discarded Roman amphorae.
The last destination of this little tour is the Non-Catholic Cemetery, a park through which one can walk with the good company of some cats. Here you can encounter some great masters of the past, including John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Antonio Gramsci, Andrea Camilleri, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Jannis Kounellis, Emilio Lussu, Gottfried Semper and many others.ALSO DISCOVER TRASTEVERE DISTRICT