The district of Testaccio

The district of Testaccio

Outside the city of Ancient Rome, this district  takes the name from the ancient garbage heap where for more than 250 years the ancient Romans methodically piled up broken terracotta amphorae, or oil jars, which created Monte Testaccio over the years.  Our meeting point will be at the entrance of the only Pyramid still surviving in Rome,  built between the years 18 and 12 bC as a tomb for Caius Cestius , a magistrate, tribune of the pleb and inspired by  the Egyptian pyramids, quite fashionable in Rome during the Augustan age. The pyramid itself is included in the Aurelian Walls and in Rome’s Non-Catholic Cemetery containing possibly the highest density of famous and important graves anywhere in the world. It is the final resting-place of the poets Shelley and Keats, of many painters, sculptors and authors, a number of scholars, several diplomats of any other religion but Catholic.

From there we will reach and visit the the ancient garbage heap (special visit) and soon after the Horrea Galabae warehouses (special visit), today an underground archaeological site, which was used to store important goods like olive oil, in ancient time. The latter is exactly underneath the present and pleasant Market of Testaccio, a delicious place where, hopping from stall to stall, you can eat delicious. On the way, the early XIX district with a stop at the street art and also the XIX century mattatoio slaughter house, today converted in art and architecture centre for university, museums, theatre

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