€40

Walking tour with special access to Monte Testaccio

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Bar dello Mattatoio

Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 3

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A 1.5 hour walking tour with special access to the usually closed site of the Monte Testaccio, ancient Rome's rubbish dump. One of the city's major imports was olive oil, which was used not only in cooking, but also as fuel for lamps, and for personal hygiene. It arrived at the nearby river port in vast quantities in terracotta amphorae which were disposed of here in their millions. This ancient landfill site is testament to Roman ingenuity, and to the practicalities which underpinned the much celebrated grandeur of the Imperial city. They had rubbish to dispose of too.

We will begin with a wander through the immediate area, including the former abbattoir, and a discussion of Testaccio's fundamental role in the functioning of the city's ancient and modern incarnations. We will then crunch our way over Rome's man-made hill.

As well as the junk beneath our feet, and what it tells us about how the ancient city worked, we will discuss the hill's role in the city's history after the fall of Empire, including religious traditions dating back to the Middle Ages which still continue today. At the summit we will enjoy unusual views across the city; towards the bucolic pines of the Aventine and over the relics of twentieth century industrial heritage. Bell towers and gasworks, seen from Golgotha.

NB Pre-booking is essential and numbers are limited. All fees are included in the ticket price.

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Bar dello Mattatoio

Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 3

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