Walk in Testaccio: between Romans and Romantics

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: Italian
Guru: Beatrice
Quality Verified Registered on October 05, 2021

I'm Beatrice, a graduate in Renaissance art history at the La Sapienza University of Rome and a licensed Tour Leader. During my university years I worked as an intern at the Quirinal Palace, organizing guided tours. After graduation I held the role of intern at the Royal Palace and Castel Sant'Elmo, in Naples, and worked in contemporary art galleries. Passionate about art, history, cinema and literature, I hope to convey the same love that I have for my city, Rome!

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Testaccio, a district that has its roots in the 2nd century BC We will take an authentic journey through time, from the remains of the Roman age to the settlements of the Fascist era, up to the most modern structures. The tour begins behind the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, enigmatic and mysterious, to continue to discover the Emporium, the ancient commercial port of Rome. Between fountains and stumbling blocks, we observe the architecture of the Fascist era and introduce the industrial establishments of the 1900s, such as the former slaughterhouse. A stop will not be missing in front of the Non-Catholic Cemetery, a magical place where some of the most important writers of English Romanticism rest, as well as famous figures of Italian culture, including Andrea Camilleri and Antonio Gramsci. The visit will end in front of Monte Testaccio, nicknamed "Monte dei Cocci", the unmistakable symbol of the district.
If you are looking for a rich tour, which ranges from archeology to the contemporary, you are in the right place. You will discover Testaccio under another guise: an ancient, traditional and industrial district, endowed with a special "romantic" vein.

Highlights of the tour:

Porta San Paolo
2 Pyramid of Caius Cestius
3 Non-Catholic Cemetery
4 Via Marmorata
5 Testaccio Square
6 Emporium Square
7 Square of Santa Maria Liberatrice
8 New Testaccio Market
9 Monte dei Cocci
10 Former slaughterhouse

NB If requested , it will be possible to visit the Non-Catholic Cemetery, providing explanations about the most important characters buried there (each participant is advised to leave a donation of € 5.00).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Piazzale Ostiense, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
    Piazzale Ostiense, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
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    You will find me in front of Porta San Paolo (the Gate next to the Pyramid of Cestius), with my identification card.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Pyramid of Caius Cestius
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Non-Catholic Cemetery
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Via Marmorata
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Piazza Testaccio
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Santa Maria Liberatrice
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Testaccio market
  • 7
    Outside visit
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Climb Monte Dè Cocci

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Flavio 12 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Beatrice è stata una guida molto gentile e disponibile;durante il giro c'è stato modo e tempo per approfondire delle tematiche che avevano catturato la mia attenzione (il cimitero acattolico consigliatissimo!)e ho trovato competenza e amore per il lavoro che stava svolgendo ; quindi Top! Il quartiere merita di essere visto : conserva infatti lo spirito "romanesco" perche i Romani lo vivono e non è ridotto a luogo instagrammabile . Con un tour cosi , si è aiutati a cogliere e ad apprezzare la densità e la stratificazione di storia e di storie che anche questo rione ha.
paola 22 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Meraviglioso tour in giro per Testaccio. Avendo già fatto un tour con Beatrice sapevamo che ci saremmo trovate benissimo e infatti così è stato! Beatrice è un'ottima guida, molto preparata, professionale, simpatica, cordiale e molto competente! Durante il tour abbiamo visitato anche il cimitero acattolico, luogo particolarmente interessante e suggestivo. Consigliamo vivamente questo tour, anche per scoprire una parte di Roma meno frequentata. Grazie Beatrice!
Monica 26 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Beatrice è davvero cordiale e molto professionale! Ci siamo trovati davvero molto bene!
Raffaella 03 Oct 2022

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Travelled in group - Oct 2022
Il tour al Testaccio con Beatrice è stato interessante. Ci ha permesso di conoscere una zona di Roma diversa dalle mete più tradizionali. Beatrice è preparata, molto cordiale e disponibile. Assolutamente consigliato
Rosanna 04 Sep 2022
Montecchio Maggiore

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Tour molto particolare, assolutamente da fare
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 25 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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