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Easter in Rome involves a famous Via Crucis procession on Good Friday afternoon.To avoid the crowds, try the Via Crucis in the Testaccio district instead.

Visiting Rome at Easter: the Via Crucis procession in Testaccio on Good Friday

The Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross, is a well-established Christian ceremony where worshippers attempt to walk in the steps of Christ on his journey to Calvary, held each year on Good Friday. In Rome, the Pope’s evening Via Crucis is one of the most atmospheric traditions of Easter Weekend, with the pontiff presiding…

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Natural Critical Wine: this weekend in Testaccio

You’ve still got one more day to catch the Natural Critical Wine event in Testaccio, a meeting of organic wine producers – and an exemplary cheese maker – at the Città del Altra Economia. It’s that time of year when the wine harvest is on everyone’s minds, but for a weekend only, a group of…

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Channel your inner Romantic poet as Autumn arrives in Rome

With last weekend’s equinox ushering in the autumn, it’s a great time to turn your thoughts to the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” and channel your inner Romantic poet. Keats wrote his famous ode ‘to Autumn’ on September 19th 1819 after a Sunday walk in the English village of Winchester, but here are four…

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PREVIEW: Garbatella’s Festa per la Cultura, Saturday June 15th 2013

Testaccio’s neighbouring rione, Garbatella, celebrates 20 years of bringing culture to the masses this Saturday with the twentieth edition of its annual Festa per la Cultura. Five piazzas and the roads that join them will be closed to traffic and filled with music, theatre, dance, street artists and stalls promoting local causes. This annual fixture…

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PREVIEW: Testaccio’s Imperial Beer Party

After the raucous, joyful and messy success of Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival, this week the former slaughterhouse complex welcomes a second round of beer fest. The organisers are the same, with foodie association Terra e Sapori,  Beer Style Beer shop, Beerbaccione Beer Shop and Arrosticini Tornese  bringing together some of the best craft beer makers in…

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PREVIEW: Ciemmona gets Rome on its bike for a three day Critical Mass event

Ci-emm-ona. The letters C and M, spelled phonetically in Italian – plus that slightly elusive ona, the augmentative which basically means “the big one”. This weekend, Rome’s Critical Mass movement – which meets on a monthly basis to remind Rome’s motorists that they’re not the only road users in town – organises three days of…

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PREVIEW: This week, Testaccio celebrates its beloved Santa Maria Liberatrice

The annual festa patronale is almost upon Testaccio – the day when the rione’s patron saint, Santa Maria Liberatrice, is celebrated in the piazza with a parade and party. The official festival period officially opened Friday evening with a church service and over the next eight days, the main piazza will be filled with music and…

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Sunday at Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival

You still have one more day to make the most of Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival.  Last night U2 cover band The One wowed the crowds with their impeccable Irish rock and the stands were full of good natured beer drinkers. There’s still a chance to sample cheese, cold cuts and beer at a series of…

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UPDATE: Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival – workshops, breweries, music and more!

The opening on Thursday of Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival has got us foaming at the mouth… so here’s the full programme of events. Remember, it’s free to get in! Brewers Over 15 Italian brewers and a few important international names will be present at the four day beer festival. From Italy, look out for Birrificio Emiliano,…

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