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Considered a diffused museum, Testaccio is a symbol of popular Rome and of new industrial architecture, and this neighborhood is characterized by a strong personality, just like Hotel Abitart and its Estrobar restaurant.
Abitart is located in theOstiense area, right in front of Testaccio, and it's perfectly located to visit the same places that inspired Pier Paolo Pasolini's poetry and Ferzan Ozpetek's best movies.
In order to get the most out of Testaccio, we recommend that you rend a bike, head into the labyrinth of streets, and discover Rome's most seductive surprises.
Just a few hundred meters from Abitart, you'll find this colossal pyramid, built between 18 and 12 BC, as a tomb for the noble Caio Cestio Epulone, as part of the Egyptian style which was in vogue at the time. Inside, the splendid sepulchral room is decorated in a lush, Pompeian style.
The Testaccio neighborhood takes its name from the Mons Testaceum, or mountain of pots, upon which it is built. During ancient Roman times, this area was used to discard old pots and other earthenware, which ended up creating a veritable, multi-strata mountain. In the following centuries, caves were dug out along the base and used as cellars and stalls, above which rose the houses which still exist today and have been transformed into bars, restaurants, and pubs
These former slaughterhouses now house the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, and part of the University Roma Tre's faculty of architecture. They host exhibits, as well as courses for professionals or for children with a strong tendency for experimentation and innovation.
A perfect example of an industrial building converted into a museum complex. In the ultramodern spaces of a perfectly restored former thermo-electric power station, the Capitoline Museums have found a place for hundreds of recently acquired sculptures, and the result is one of the most satisfying combinations of ancient and modern in Italian history.
Stop by the lungotevere at sunset to enjoy a beautiful view of the urban landscape, topped off by the most famous and beloved "monument" in Testaccio, which adds a suitable amount of surrealism and nostalgia to the neighborhood.
Thanks to its numerous restaurants and nightlife hot spots, Testaccio is one of Rome's liveliest neighborhoods. There are many trendy places where you can organize cocktails, spend the night dancing or drinking with friends: from the Alibi, with its famous open-air terrace, or the caffè Latino, where you can dance to rock, jazz, or tango, to the Mucca Assassina.