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Shopping
CASA BLASERNA "nel cuore dello shopping a Roma"
Via Pietro Blaserna, 9
9 Via Pietro Blaserna
CASA BLASERNA "nel cuore dello shopping a Roma"
The best and cheapest boulevard of shopping in Rome
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Viale Guglielmo Marconi
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The best and cheapest boulevard of shopping in Rome
Porta Portese market THE BIGGEST MARKET OF ITALY opened: The only one opened on Sundays, 6.30am-2pm This is the main flea market in Rome held at the back of Trastevere quarter. Here you'lll find a bit of everything (including the occasional stolen item), though you wont't find a real bargain. They also have terracotta copies of antique decoration and the occasional oil lamp. Of course, you should haggle, if only for the pleasure. (watch out for pickpockets!)
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Porta Portese
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Porta Portese market THE BIGGEST MARKET OF ITALY opened: The only one opened on Sundays, 6.30am-2pm This is the main flea market in Rome held at the back of Trastevere quarter. Here you'lll find a bit of everything (including the occasional stolen item), though you wont't find a real bargain. They also have terracotta copies of antique decoration and the occasional oil lamp. Of course, you should haggle, if only for the pleasure. (watch out for pickpockets!)
Sightseeing
The Mouth of Truth is an image, carved from Pavonazzo marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The sculpture is thought to be part of a first-century ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover, portraying one of several possible pagan gods, probably Oceanus. Most Romans believe that the 'Bocca' represents the ancient god of the river Tiber. The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. There was also a medieval legend, wrongly believed to originate with the Roman poet Virgil, of an adulterous empress who managed to deceive her husband in a trial using the Mouth. This is an infrequent subject in medieval and Renaissance art, forming part of the Power of Women literary topos. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century. This church is also home to the relics of Saint Valentine.
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Bocca della Verità
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The Mouth of Truth is an image, carved from Pavonazzo marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The sculpture is thought to be part of a first-century ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover, portraying one of several possible pagan gods, probably Oceanus. Most Romans believe that the 'Bocca' represents the ancient god of the river Tiber. The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. There was also a medieval legend, wrongly believed to originate with the Roman poet Virgil, of an adulterous empress who managed to deceive her husband in a trial using the Mouth. This is an infrequent subject in medieval and Renaissance art, forming part of the Power of Women literary topos. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century. This church is also home to the relics of Saint Valentine.
Because Rome was built on 7 hills and our hill is the AVENTINE HILL. The Orange Garden of Rome, also known as Parco Savello, is considered one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Rome. The name derives from the presence of bitter orange trees and was built in 1932 by Raffaele de Vico. What characterizes the garden is definitely the fountain at the entrance created by Giacomo della Porta. In addition to Pincio and the Gianicolo, this is a great place to take beautiful pictures of Rome. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And since the AVENTINE KEYHOLE is where the locals bring their friends to marvel over the splendor of Rome, you should not miss out. It’s just a little bit off the beaten tourist track although you might still find yourself having to wait patiently while others take their turn to look through the ornate keyhole at the splendid vista of St Peter’s Basilica floating at the end of an avenue of carefully trimmed trees. It might not sound that exciting but what is special about it is the sense of artistic vision which went into creating this perfect sightline, and which really is the drive behind the aesthetic splendor of the Rome we go to admire. The keyhole is in the locked gates of the Church of Our Lady of the Priory (Santa Maria del Priorato), which is the church of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill. The Knights of Malta – who actually have nothing to do with the country of Malta – is a Roman Catholic lay religious order; it’s the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalrous knights. In the 18th century, they employed the architect and artist Piranesi to renovate the buildings of the priory and also create the piazza in front. Piranesi is known for his etchings of Rome and he had a love of the city and an obsessive eye for architectural detail – hence his creation of this wonderful viewpoint from the Aventine Hill priory. He himself became a Knight of the Golden Spur for exceptional duties to the Catholic Church and is buried inside Santa Maria del Priorato. To see the keyhole view of Rome, head up Via di Santa Sabina from the Circus Maximus, passing lovely rose gardens, a walled orange grove, some pretty churches and some parks which also have nice views. It’s a lovely tour of Aventine Hill anyway, but peeping through the keyhole gives it that extra special touch.
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Giardino degli Aranci
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Because Rome was built on 7 hills and our hill is the AVENTINE HILL. The Orange Garden of Rome, also known as Parco Savello, is considered one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Rome. The name derives from the presence of bitter orange trees and was built in 1932 by Raffaele de Vico. What characterizes the garden is definitely the fountain at the entrance created by Giacomo della Porta. In addition to Pincio and the Gianicolo, this is a great place to take beautiful pictures of Rome. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And since the AVENTINE KEYHOLE is where the locals bring their friends to marvel over the splendor of Rome, you should not miss out. It’s just a little bit off the beaten tourist track although you might still find yourself having to wait patiently while others take their turn to look through the ornate keyhole at the splendid vista of St Peter’s Basilica floating at the end of an avenue of carefully trimmed trees. It might not sound that exciting but what is special about it is the sense of artistic vision which went into creating this perfect sightline, and which really is the drive behind the aesthetic splendor of the Rome we go to admire. The keyhole is in the locked gates of the Church of Our Lady of the Priory (Santa Maria del Priorato), which is the church of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill. The Knights of Malta – who actually have nothing to do with the country of Malta – is a Roman Catholic lay religious order; it’s the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalrous knights. In the 18th century, they employed the architect and artist Piranesi to renovate the buildings of the priory and also create the piazza in front. Piranesi is known for his etchings of Rome and he had a love of the city and an obsessive eye for architectural detail – hence his creation of this wonderful viewpoint from the Aventine Hill priory. He himself became a Knight of the Golden Spur for exceptional duties to the Catholic Church and is buried inside Santa Maria del Priorato. To see the keyhole view of Rome, head up Via di Santa Sabina from the Circus Maximus, passing lovely rose gardens, a walled orange grove, some pretty churches and some parks which also have nice views. It’s a lovely tour of Aventine Hill anyway, but peeping through the keyhole gives it that extra special touch.
Circus Maximus, (Western end begins just behind S.M in Cosmedin. Circo Massimo metro station at east end.). The contours of the ancient stadium, first built in the 6th Century B.C., are still visible in what is now a park in the shadow of the Palatine. Circus Maximus was primarily devoted to chariot races and was used for this purpose until around 550 A.D. The stadium could seat up to 150,000 people. Originally built of wood, it burnt down twice, on the second occasion starting the great fire when the Emperor Nero was said to fiddle while Rome burned. It was in one of the tunnels here that Caligula met his end. Excavations began in April 2009 at the east end of the circus and are likely to go on for some years.
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Aventino/Circo Massimo
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Circus Maximus, (Western end begins just behind S.M in Cosmedin. Circo Massimo metro station at east end.). The contours of the ancient stadium, first built in the 6th Century B.C., are still visible in what is now a park in the shadow of the Palatine. Circus Maximus was primarily devoted to chariot races and was used for this purpose until around 550 A.D. The stadium could seat up to 150,000 people. Originally built of wood, it burnt down twice, on the second occasion starting the great fire when the Emperor Nero was said to fiddle while Rome burned. It was in one of the tunnels here that Caligula met his end. Excavations began in April 2009 at the east end of the circus and are likely to go on for some years.
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla (Continue southeast from the end of the Circus Maximus. The entrance is 300m. on your right, immediately after you pass the athletics stadium.). 09.00 until one hour before sunset. Inaugurated in 217 A.D. and used until the 6th Century. The baths were big enough for 1600 bathers at a time. Impressive and well-preserved. Used for operas in summer months (see Opera di Roma for details) and was the location for the famous "three tenors" concert in July 1990, at the time of the World Cup (soccer). € 6.00 for the Appian Way ticket which also permits access to the tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Villa dei Quintili.(see Rome/South)
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Baths of Caracalla
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Viale delle Terme di Caracalla (Continue southeast from the end of the Circus Maximus. The entrance is 300m. on your right, immediately after you pass the athletics stadium.). 09.00 until one hour before sunset. Inaugurated in 217 A.D. and used until the 6th Century. The baths were big enough for 1600 bathers at a time. Impressive and well-preserved. Used for operas in summer months (see Opera di Roma for details) and was the location for the famous "three tenors" concert in July 1990, at the time of the World Cup (soccer). € 6.00 for the Appian Way ticket which also permits access to the tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Villa dei Quintili.(see Rome/South)
Food Scene
What is the typical Roman dish? Obviously the pasta Bucatini carbonara and Bucatini Amatriciana. Where to eat? Obviously at the restaurant "Da Bucatino" in Testaccio area
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Da Bucatino
84 Via Luca della Robbia
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What is the typical Roman dish? Obviously the pasta Bucatini carbonara and Bucatini Amatriciana. Where to eat? Obviously at the restaurant "Da Bucatino" in Testaccio area
Il Grottino is an amazing Pizzeria and restaurant with a great atmosphere and delicious food.
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Il Grottino
165 Via Marmorata
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Il Grottino is an amazing Pizzeria and restaurant with a great atmosphere and delicious food.
Good Italian and Roman cuisine!!!
Il Cantinone
31 Piazza Testaccio
Good Italian and Roman cuisine!!!
The most famous Pizzeria in Rome !!! Go in advance there's a queue to do if you want to taste the best roman pizza
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Pizzeria Da Remo
44 Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice
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The most famous Pizzeria in Rome !!! Go in advance there's a queue to do if you want to taste the best roman pizza
Eataly is “the largest place in the world dedicated to high quality Italian food & wine”. 4 floors and 160.000 square feet space 23 restaurants and other eating areas 8 classrooms for cooking classes and professional courses 14.000 goods for sale 8 artisan production points a food market conference area Eataly Rome is devoted to beauty and a “Manifesto dell’Armonia” was issued: they want to be “a place for everybody where it’s possible to spend some time in harmony”. Is it only marketing stuff? Not in our opinion, at least after the pre-opening visit we had together with food journalists and other bloggers few days ago. It’s going to become a “Mecca” (or a “fan fair” if you prefer) for foodies in Rome! A useful venue for people living in Rome and a must-visit place for who is staying just few days in Rome (indications on how to get there are at the end of the post). Let’s move to the other spaces. In one sentence, you can find at Eataly every kind of Italian food you can imagine, to eat there or to take away. Pasta, Pizza, Bread, Meat, Fish, Fried delicacies, Panino, Gelato, Pastries just to mention “few” of the available type of food. Live making of Mozzarella, fresh pasta and other artisanal products. Interesting events w ithspecial guests are planned for the coming weeks. And for a really exclusive dinner you can try to buy one of the 10 tickets that will be sold by auction on their website each month of the first year of operation, to seat at the “Tavolo dei 10 fortunati” with a dinner prepared at the same table by some of the world’s most famous chef (Ferran Adrià, Alain Ducasse, etc). After the first year the show cooking table made by Whirlpool will move to New York City at the MOMA museum. Craft Beer and Wine lovers will also be more than satisfied such as people looking for food shopping and kitchen equipment. But we don’t want to describe in detail all the many spaces you’ll find. We prefer to let the pictures we took during the “press tour” give you some highlights. Posted by tavoleromane on Jun 21, 2012 in Bakery, Cocktail Bar, Food Shopping, General, Happy Hour, Ice Cream Parlour, Light Lunch, Pizza, Restaurant, Restaurant - Trattoria | 2 comments eataly_pic01_960 Today is an important day for Rome food lovers: Eataly finally opens its branch in Rome and it’s going to be “the largest place in the world dedicated to high quality Italian food & wine”. 4 floors and 160.000 square feet space 23 restaurants and other eating areas 8 classrooms for cooking classes and professional courses 14.000 goods for sale 8 artisan production points a food market conference area Eataly Rome is devoted to beauty and a “Manifesto dell’Armonia” was issued: they want to be “a place for everybody where it’s possible to spend some time in harmony”. Is it only marketing stuff? Not in our opinion, at least after the pre-opening visit we had together with food journalists and other bloggers few days ago. It’s going to become a “Mecca” (or a “fan fair” if you prefer) for foodies in Rome! A useful venue for people living in Rome and a must-visit place for who is staying just few days in Rome (indications on how to get there are at the end of the post). Nearby area is still “under construction” but it already looks like a miracle the renovations and valorization of a building that was emblematic of the waste of public money for Italia ’90 soccer world championships. One of the most degraded points of Rome until few months ago. Thank you Mr Farinetti! Since we write about many Rome restaurants let’s start just from the high-end restaurant at the top of Eataly building, named “Italia”. We can bet easily it will be the most talked one between Rome foodies during the next months! We can’t yet write about its food since we haven’t tried it, but the young (29 years old) chef Gianluca Esposito is an interesting name coming from Eataly Bologna, open-plan kitchen is amazing, decor is superb with a minimalist style not easy to find in Rome and three true Modigliani sculptures around enrich it! At one side of the room a contemporary mirror-wall-cellar is an artwork itself. Restaurant is located at the highest floor of the building and has a 180° panorama. But you could be astonished by the view! Don’t expect to see Rome historical center from there. Remember, you are in Ostiense district that is located few miles from city hearth and built (not so well) in the XX century. Hope the local government will let Eataly realize a vegetable garden on the horrible roof just in front of the windows as they’d like to do. The restaurant menu will include seasonal dishes representing Italian Regions diversity. About 20 dishes from 20 different areas of Italy with frequent changes. A potential candidate for a Michelin-star and maybe for our future traditional with a twist sit-down meals in a “splurge” version? Let’s move to the other spaces. In one sentence, you can find at Eataly every kind of Italian food you can imagine, to eat there or
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Eataly Roma
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Eataly is “the largest place in the world dedicated to high quality Italian food & wine”. 4 floors and 160.000 square feet space 23 restaurants and other eating areas 8 classrooms for cooking classes and professional courses 14.000 goods for sale 8 artisan production points a food market conference area Eataly Rome is devoted to beauty and a “Manifesto dell’Armonia” was issued: they want to be “a place for everybody where it’s possible to spend some time in harmony”. Is it only marketing stuff? Not in our opinion, at least after the pre-opening visit we had together with food journalists and other bloggers few days ago. It’s going to become a “Mecca” (or a “fan fair” if you prefer) for foodies in Rome! A useful venue for people living in Rome and a must-visit place for who is staying just few days in Rome (indications on how to get there are at the end of the post). Let’s move to the other spaces. In one sentence, you can find at Eataly every kind of Italian food you can imagine, to eat there or to take away. Pasta, Pizza, Bread, Meat, Fish, Fried delicacies, Panino, Gelato, Pastries just to mention “few” of the available type of food. Live making of Mozzarella, fresh pasta and other artisanal products. Interesting events w ithspecial guests are planned for the coming weeks. And for a really exclusive dinner you can try to buy one of the 10 tickets that will be sold by auction on their website each month of the first year of operation, to seat at the “Tavolo dei 10 fortunati” with a dinner prepared at the same table by some of the world’s most famous chef (Ferran Adrià, Alain Ducasse, etc). After the first year the show cooking table made by Whirlpool will move to New York City at the MOMA museum. Craft Beer and Wine lovers will also be more than satisfied such as people looking for food shopping and kitchen equipment. But we don’t want to describe in detail all the many spaces you’ll find. We prefer to let the pictures we took during the “press tour” give you some highlights. Posted by tavoleromane on Jun 21, 2012 in Bakery, Cocktail Bar, Food Shopping, General, Happy Hour, Ice Cream Parlour, Light Lunch, Pizza, Restaurant, Restaurant - Trattoria | 2 comments eataly_pic01_960 Today is an important day for Rome food lovers: Eataly finally opens its branch in Rome and it’s going to be “the largest place in the world dedicated to high quality Italian food & wine”. 4 floors and 160.000 square feet space 23 restaurants and other eating areas 8 classrooms for cooking classes and professional courses 14.000 goods for sale 8 artisan production points a food market conference area Eataly Rome is devoted to beauty and a “Manifesto dell’Armonia” was issued: they want to be “a place for everybody where it’s possible to spend some time in harmony”. Is it only marketing stuff? Not in our opinion, at least after the pre-opening visit we had together with food journalists and other bloggers few days ago. It’s going to become a “Mecca” (or a “fan fair” if you prefer) for foodies in Rome! A useful venue for people living in Rome and a must-visit place for who is staying just few days in Rome (indications on how to get there are at the end of the post). Nearby area is still “under construction” but it already looks like a miracle the renovations and valorization of a building that was emblematic of the waste of public money for Italia ’90 soccer world championships. One of the most degraded points of Rome until few months ago. Thank you Mr Farinetti! Since we write about many Rome restaurants let’s start just from the high-end restaurant at the top of Eataly building, named “Italia”. We can bet easily it will be the most talked one between Rome foodies during the next months! We can’t yet write about its food since we haven’t tried it, but the young (29 years old) chef Gianluca Esposito is an interesting name coming from Eataly Bologna, open-plan kitchen is amazing, decor is superb with a minimalist style not easy to find in Rome and three true Modigliani sculptures around enrich it! At one side of the room a contemporary mirror-wall-cellar is an artwork itself. Restaurant is located at the highest floor of the building and has a 180° panorama. But you could be astonished by the view! Don’t expect to see Rome historical center from there. Remember, you are in Ostiense district that is located few miles from city hearth and built (not so well) in the XX century. Hope the local government will let Eataly realize a vegetable garden on the horrible roof just in front of the windows as they’d like to do. The restaurant menu will include seasonal dishes representing Italian Regions diversity. About 20 dishes from 20 different areas of Italy with frequent changes. A potential candidate for a Michelin-star and maybe for our future traditional with a twist sit-down meals in a “splurge” version? Let’s move to the other spaces. In one sentence, you can find at Eataly every kind of Italian food you can imagine, to eat there or
Testaccio Market (Mercato Testaccio), Via Galvani and Via Alessandro Volta. Mon-Thu 07:00-14:00, Fri 07:00-18:30, Sat 07:00-15:00, Sun closed. Great place to see the wide range of fresh produce available in Italy. Fish and flower stalls as well. Stock up here for picnics to sustain you while sightseeing. See as roman people live in the heart of Rome
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Mercato Testaccio
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Testaccio Market (Mercato Testaccio), Via Galvani and Via Alessandro Volta. Mon-Thu 07:00-14:00, Fri 07:00-18:30, Sat 07:00-15:00, Sun closed. Great place to see the wide range of fresh produce available in Italy. Fish and flower stalls as well. Stock up here for picnics to sustain you while sightseeing. See as roman people live in the heart of Rome
To show me the real Testaccio, my friend takes me to the kind of place that used to proliferate throughout Rome—an "old man bar" where a euro-and-a-half will pay for a mezzo litro of the most common Frascati wine. In this much too bright Formica canteen on Via Galileo Ferraris, senior Testaccini with the kind of features that used to inspire foreign painters (one missing an eye, the other a slice of nose) and who speak only the local dialect, play cards and scarf down prosciutto. Like most of Flavio’s own family, they are retirees from the slaughterhouse, and one can certainly say these gentlemen are rooted in place. I literally have to climb over a patron, muttering "Permesso, permesso," to get to my seat...... (it's a comment)
Via Galileo Ferraris, 7
7 Via Galileo Ferraris
To show me the real Testaccio, my friend takes me to the kind of place that used to proliferate throughout Rome—an "old man bar" where a euro-and-a-half will pay for a mezzo litro of the most common Frascati wine. In this much too bright Formica canteen on Via Galileo Ferraris, senior Testaccini with the kind of features that used to inspire foreign painters (one missing an eye, the other a slice of nose) and who speak only the local dialect, play cards and scarf down prosciutto. Like most of Flavio’s own family, they are retirees from the slaughterhouse, and one can certainly say these gentlemen are rooted in place. I literally have to climb over a patron, muttering "Permesso, permesso," to get to my seat...... (it's a comment)
This was definitely one of the biggest surprises while being in Rome. Trapizzino is one of the newest things in the street food and I am not even sure that I want to write about it, because I am scared that it will become too "mainstream" and lose its specialty, since it is not that famous out of Rome. The trapizzino are delicious but not huge so we had two each. I had the aubergine and the chicken both were tasty my favourite was the aubergine as it came with a bit of cheese and some special sauce on top. Be warned these aren't easy to eat but they are worth it.
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Trapizzino | Testaccio
88 Via Giovanni Branca
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This was definitely one of the biggest surprises while being in Rome. Trapizzino is one of the newest things in the street food and I am not even sure that I want to write about it, because I am scared that it will become too "mainstream" and lose its specialty, since it is not that famous out of Rome. The trapizzino are delicious but not huge so we had two each. I had the aubergine and the chicken both were tasty my favourite was the aubergine as it came with a bit of cheese and some special sauce on top. Be warned these aren't easy to eat but they are worth it.
Parks & Nature
Rose Garden, (overlooking Circus Maximus just up the hill from S.M. in Cosmedin). May-Jun. A relaxing place to sit and recover from the exertions of sightseeing. Permanent collection plus annual competition
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Rosaleda comunal de Roma
6 Via di Valle Murcia
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Rose Garden, (overlooking Circus Maximus just up the hill from S.M. in Cosmedin). May-Jun. A relaxing place to sit and recover from the exertions of sightseeing. Permanent collection plus annual competition
Protestant (or non-Catholic) Cemetery. Behind the pyramid, entered by the Via Caio Cestio, is the Protestant Cemetery where the poet John Keats was buried in 1821 and Percy Bysshe Shelley's ashes were also buried after his drowning in 1822. Richard Dana, author of "Two Years before the Mast" was buried there and a more recent interment was that of the "beat generation" poet Gregory Corso who was buried there in 2001.
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Cementerio protestante
6 Via Caio Cestio
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Protestant (or non-Catholic) Cemetery. Behind the pyramid, entered by the Via Caio Cestio, is the Protestant Cemetery where the poet John Keats was buried in 1821 and Percy Bysshe Shelley's ashes were also buried after his drowning in 1822. Richard Dana, author of "Two Years before the Mast" was buried there and a more recent interment was that of the "beat generation" poet Gregory Corso who was buried there in 2001.
A famous park with a nice lake in the modern area in Roma
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Lake Central Park
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A famous park with a nice lake in the modern area in Roma
Arts & Culture
Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, (Piramide metro station). A tomb for the wealthy Gaius Cestius, who died in 12 B.C. Next door to the Pyramid, this fine gate in the Aurelian Wall is named after St. Paul as the Via Ostiense leads to the basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls. Museum of Via Ostiense, (Close to Ostiense Railway station. Metro line B. Buses 3, 23, 30, 75, 95, 118, 271, 280, 716), ☎ +39 6 574 3193. Tu,Th 09:30-13:30, 14:30-16:30, W,F 09:30-13:30. This is a small museum housed inside Porta San Paolo, which records the importance to Rome of the road that connected it to the harbour at Ostia. There are models of old Ostia and Trajan's harbour. FREE ENTRANCE
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Pyramid of Caius Cestius
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Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, (Piramide metro station). A tomb for the wealthy Gaius Cestius, who died in 12 B.C. Next door to the Pyramid, this fine gate in the Aurelian Wall is named after St. Paul as the Via Ostiense leads to the basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls. Museum of Via Ostiense, (Close to Ostiense Railway station. Metro line B. Buses 3, 23, 30, 75, 95, 118, 271, 280, 716), ☎ +39 6 574 3193. Tu,Th 09:30-13:30, 14:30-16:30, W,F 09:30-13:30. This is a small museum housed inside Porta San Paolo, which records the importance to Rome of the road that connected it to the harbour at Ostia. There are models of old Ostia and Trajan's harbour. FREE ENTRANCE
Railway and tramcar museum, Via Bartolomeo Bossi,7 (just behind the Roma-Lido or Porta S. Paolo station opposite the Pyramid). Small collection of railway carriages and related stuff. Really just for those with special interest in the topic. Entrance through the station if the main entrance is closed
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Piramide
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Railway and tramcar museum, Via Bartolomeo Bossi,7 (just behind the Roma-Lido or Porta S. Paolo station opposite the Pyramid). Small collection of railway carriages and related stuff. Really just for those with special interest in the topic. Entrance through the station if the main entrance is closed
The Celio (At the Caracalla end of Circo Massimo is the Porta di Capena. Take the small road to the left that runs parallel to the tram line.). The Celian Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome. You immediately see the church of San Gregorio Magno. On this site monks were trained before setting off as missionaries to England at the end of the 6th Century. Further up the hill is Santi Giovanni e Paolo. At this point it is difficult to believe you are in the middle of a major city. This church was built in 398 over the home of two Roman soldiers, John and Paul, who were martyred for their Christian beliefs in 362. Excavations show that there were several burials on the site, a risky business as burials were illegal at that time. After the church you come to the back entrance of the Villa Celimontana park (jazz festival nightly in late June-August). The modern buildings before you reach the park are owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s television company. By the main entrance of the park note the boat-like fountain known as the “Navicella”. As you exit the main entrance to the left is the church of S. Maria in Domnica, which has some interesting mosaics. Next to this church is the Porta Esquilina, one of the gates from the original Servian walls of Rome. It dates back to the 4th Century BC.
Caelian Hill
The Celio (At the Caracalla end of Circo Massimo is the Porta di Capena. Take the small road to the left that runs parallel to the tram line.). The Celian Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome. You immediately see the church of San Gregorio Magno. On this site monks were trained before setting off as missionaries to England at the end of the 6th Century. Further up the hill is Santi Giovanni e Paolo. At this point it is difficult to believe you are in the middle of a major city. This church was built in 398 over the home of two Roman soldiers, John and Paul, who were martyred for their Christian beliefs in 362. Excavations show that there were several burials on the site, a risky business as burials were illegal at that time. After the church you come to the back entrance of the Villa Celimontana park (jazz festival nightly in late June-August). The modern buildings before you reach the park are owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s television company. By the main entrance of the park note the boat-like fountain known as the “Navicella”. As you exit the main entrance to the left is the church of S. Maria in Domnica, which has some interesting mosaics. Next to this church is the Porta Esquilina, one of the gates from the original Servian walls of Rome. It dates back to the 4th Century BC.
Museum of Contemporary Art very nice to visit
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Mattatoio
4 Piazza Orazio Giustiniani
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Museum of Contemporary Art very nice to visit
Drinks & Nightlife
L’Oasi della Birra, Piazza Testaccio 41. In a basement underneath a wine shop opposite Testaccio market, L’Oasi della Birra is a bar with a wide selection of beers from Italy and around the world on offer, as well as some interesting food to go with the beer. The selection of Italian wines in the shop above is excellent too. Ageing red wines are stored in the cellar next to the bar.
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L’Oasi della Birra
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L’Oasi della Birra, Piazza Testaccio 41. In a basement underneath a wine shop opposite Testaccio market, L’Oasi della Birra is a bar with a wide selection of beers from Italy and around the world on offer, as well as some interesting food to go with the beer. The selection of Italian wines in the shop above is excellent too. Ageing red wines are stored in the cellar next to the bar.
The Scene A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city's club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Testaccio, Rome – A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city’s club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Built into the side of a hill, the circular area features a road around its perimeter that leads patrons from one club to the next. Some of the highlights include Akab (Via di Monte Testaccio, 69) or Joia (Via Galvani, 20) for dancing, Villaggio Globale (Via di Monte Testaccio, 22) for live music, and On the Rox (Via Galvani, 54) for a lively bar setting. Entertainment varies by venue, but revelers can expect high-energy crowds packing the dance floors no matter where they go. Most venues have both indoor and outdoor seating, some serve food, and all usually charge a cover and may entail some waiting. Those who arrive in Testaccio early may want to grab a few moderately-priced drinks at Il Buongustaio (Via Campitelli, 1) before entering the clubs. The district is known to attract a dressier mainstream crowd, but the live music venues like Conte Staccio and Villaggio Globale – which presents well-known artists and DJs in outdoor tents – are far more alternative and punk. Although many of the clubs close in July and August – or move operations to the river for the summer months – a few like Coyote, On the Rox, and Conte Staccio do stay open, keeping the heart of Testaccio pumping no matter what time of year.
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Monte Testaccio
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The Scene A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city's club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Testaccio, Rome – A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city’s club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Built into the side of a hill, the circular area features a road around its perimeter that leads patrons from one club to the next. Some of the highlights include Akab (Via di Monte Testaccio, 69) or Joia (Via Galvani, 20) for dancing, Villaggio Globale (Via di Monte Testaccio, 22) for live music, and On the Rox (Via Galvani, 54) for a lively bar setting. Entertainment varies by venue, but revelers can expect high-energy crowds packing the dance floors no matter where they go. Most venues have both indoor and outdoor seating, some serve food, and all usually charge a cover and may entail some waiting. Those who arrive in Testaccio early may want to grab a few moderately-priced drinks at Il Buongustaio (Via Campitelli, 1) before entering the clubs. The district is known to attract a dressier mainstream crowd, but the live music venues like Conte Staccio and Villaggio Globale – which presents well-known artists and DJs in outdoor tents – are far more alternative and punk. Although many of the clubs close in July and August – or move operations to the river for the summer months – a few like Coyote, On the Rox, and Conte Staccio do stay open, keeping the heart of Testaccio pumping no matter what time of year.
Akab has been a fixed staple and one of the most popular nightclubs in Testaccio for years. It's best known for the quality of live entertainment that it puts on. If you come here in the early evening, you're likely to hear some live rock and jazz music. After 11pm, the dance floor opens up and the music changes to house, dance, reggae, acid jazz, disco, funk and soul music. Like most dance clubs in this area, Friday and Saturday nights can be quite busy and it's best recommended you arrive early.
Akab Club
69 Via di Monte Testaccio
Akab has been a fixed staple and one of the most popular nightclubs in Testaccio for years. It's best known for the quality of live entertainment that it puts on. If you come here in the early evening, you're likely to hear some live rock and jazz music. After 11pm, the dance floor opens up and the music changes to house, dance, reggae, acid jazz, disco, funk and soul music. Like most dance clubs in this area, Friday and Saturday nights can be quite busy and it's best recommended you arrive early.
Essentials
The best bread in Rome ! Between 17.00 and 19.00 ask "il pane della sera" (the evening bread)..... I will not say anything ... taste it
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Panificio Passi Srl
87 Via Mastro Giorgio
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The best bread in Rome ! Between 17.00 and 19.00 ask "il pane della sera" (the evening bread)..... I will not say anything ... taste it
Walking through the doors of Volpetti is like entering Italian gastronomic heaven. Opened by brothers Emilio and Claudio Volpetti 40 years ago, this gourmet food store boasts hundreds of varieties of cheese, an awe-inspiring selection of cured meats, top quality oils, balsamic vinegars and condiments and much, much more.
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Salumeria Volpetti
47 Via Marmorata
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Walking through the doors of Volpetti is like entering Italian gastronomic heaven. Opened by brothers Emilio and Claudio Volpetti 40 years ago, this gourmet food store boasts hundreds of varieties of cheese, an awe-inspiring selection of cured meats, top quality oils, balsamic vinegars and condiments and much, much more.