Looking for interesting areas in Rome to explore? Testaccio is a region located on the Tiber River and was built on the Testaccio Hill. The name Testaccio comes from Monte Testaccio, which is an artificial hill. This man made hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome which were occupied by small settlements, before the recognition of the city as Rome that we know today. By the way, if the name of these hills rings a bell, then you must have seen the movie “Seven Hills of Rome” starring Mario Lanza. The hill had a religious significance throughout the years but lots of changes occurred since then.
Today this area located on the southwest of Aventino, is considered one of the main nightlife zones, and features traditional Roman restaurants and other great culinary highlights. Have breakfast at the Testaccio Market, which offers fresh delicious products! The locals are mainly young and “hipster”.
Hip neighborhoods – Testaccio in Rome
When you visit a place like Testaccio make sure you know all about the other attractions around. Watch our video guides about must do attractions in the area so you can use your time over there in the best possible way. You are so close to the river banks, so maybe you would like to take a stroll along the river? Or visit the Parco Savello church and the 5th century Basilica of Santa Sabina, where 18 beautifully preserved bible scenes are carved on the door.
Just one more suggestion… Consider a visit to the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, that was built at 18 BC as a tomb to a member of the Septemviri Epulonum, Gaius Cestius. This is one of best preserved buildings in Rome. Next to it you’ll find the Porta San Paolo, one of the gates in the Aurelian Walls of Rome. And if you love football you will appreciate the fact that the A.S Roma football team club is located in Testaccio Rome!
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