Testaccio

No need to keep up appearances in this delightfully indiscriminate central Roman neighborhood.

Testaccio is in-your-face, no-holds-barred Rome. On the edge of the old city, it sports a solitary ancient ruin that seems almost an afterthought. Testaccio's delightfully cramped restaurants and nightclubs are the opposite of trendy. Instead, their inelegance succeeds in making the neighborhood wildly popular with Romans who value exquisite food and bawdy fun more than seeing-and-being-seen. If you tire of gazing at fading frescoes or feeling like the frumpiest person around, Testaccio is the spot for you.

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On the Map

Testaccio is bordered by Trastevere, Ripa, Monteverde Vecchio, Portuense, Garbatella, Ostiense, and Roma Centro

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 60 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 25 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 20 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 30 minutes by public transit

Affable, Artistic, Sociable: Simple Rome

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Testaccio's small-town charm and big-time amiability lend the neighborhood its distinctive flair.

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Testaccio is a place where people do more than greet.

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Testaccio is a place where people meet.

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Young artists, young professionals, and young families spend time together at its many cafes and trattorias.

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Once an industrial center for Rome, Testaccio's reclaimed machine-laden spaces now feature art exhibitions and cultural events.

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During the day Testaccio is similar to a country town: market stalls, children playing in the square, dinner in local restaurants. At night, especially over the weekend, the neighbourhood is lively and full of a variety of events, from live music to theatres and exhibitions."

The Face of Testaccio

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Testaccio is everyone.

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Younger ladies. Older ladies.

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Classic couples.

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Park-goers.

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Beetle owners.

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Friendly faces.

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Testaccio is everyone.

Pixel
Testaccio is where the historic and the contemporary join in a creative and unusual combination. Also home to one of Rome's best and most colourful daily produce markets, and to a very trendy organic market."

Testaccio Market: Perfect Produce and Cured Meats

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Testaccio's market feeds locals' stomachs and their souls.

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The market effervesces with activity during the daytime.

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Food stalls and specialty kiosks serve more than tonight's supper essentials.

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They serve as gathering places for shared conversation between neighbors.

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Handmade In Testaccio

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Testaccio feels like home.

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Its intimate atmosphere emanates from its attention to detail.

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In Testaccio, crafts are handmade and chalkboards are hand-written.

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Buzzing Nightlife In a Neighborly Place

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Testaccio's wholesome eclecticism doesn't end with the day.

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Testaccio Market square Night Toti IMG

Bars, dance clubs, and late-night music venues attract young Romans from all over the city to Testaccio.

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The neighborhood is known for its vast array of auditory options.

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Latin, electronica, or hard rock... you'll find your sound and your style in Testaccio.

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In this laissez-faire neighborhood, late nights end in the early morning hours.

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Say hello to tomorrow.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Thomas Toti is a photographer and director of photography. He has been burning film since he was 15 years old. A fascination for different cultures has led him to travel and this passion manifests itself in his work, where he applies a fresh approach to every shoot. He is intrigued by Rome and loved shooting for Airbnb as it allowed him to pay homage to both the city and its tourists.

Thomas Toti

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Marco Giarracca lives in Rome and works around the world. After four years studying music he took up photography in 2001. His work mainly focuses on interiors, architecture, food, still-life, and portraits. When he’s not working he loves good food, hiking, climbing, traveling, and meeting new people. He was delighted to photograph his beautiful home city for Airbnb.

Marco Giarracca

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Pauline Boldt is a freelance photographer and creative director who works globally. She takes pictures of where she is and what is around her. While spending two weeks in Rome photographing for Airbnb, she loved getting to know the historic city intimately. Pauline's current work can be found on her internationally featured blog, 26mertonroad.com.

Pauline Boldt

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