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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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Testaccio braces itself for the Coppa Italia final

Roma plays Lazio in the Coppa Italia final tonight, and the district of Testaccio is bracing itself for a particularly poignant clash. The TIM Cup has brought together the city’s fiercest rivals for the final match, taking place at 18.00 in the Stadio Olimpico.  Extra police are on standby after the stabbings that took place…

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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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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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PREVIEW: Spring Beer Festival, Testaccio

The popularity of artisanal beers has grown rapidly in Italy over the past decade, and while there are great breweries located all over the country, Rome has become something of a melting pot for real ale enthusiasts. Every month, new beer stores pop up in the city and beer-tasting events, led by legendary drinking establishments…

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Eggstra sweet, eggstra special…

Italy’s fine chocolate making tradition means that sweet temptation is never that far away around Easter. One of the largest and most spectacular eggs I’ve seen over the last few days was this ornate masterpiece in the window of Gay-Odin in Parioli, a branch of Naple’s oldest chocolate makers. Weighing in at six kilos of…

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REVIEW: Breakfast at Linari

Dear Audrey, you can keep breakfast at Tiffany’s… love, Testaccina The only experience I can liken it to is a bun-fight. You stand three deep at the counter, two queues snaking back from the cash register. The few tables inside are overflowing with pensioners and families, while the ones on the street are occupied by…

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A wandering fountain and the market that moved

There’s a big hole in the ground where Testaccio’s market used to be. The market has in fact been physically moved, picked up and dropped about 200 metres away, into a purpose built space near Monte dei Cocci. I’ll blog about the new market another day. Today I walked through piazza Testaccio and marvelled at…

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Spring is coming

Yesterday was one of those mornings when the sun splits the streets in two. Ten degrees in the shade, maybe 17 in the light. The benches were half full in Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice. I walked up to Via Marmorata, keeping to the sunny side of the street. Words & photo © Isobel Lee

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