Tag: Testaccio

Ciemmona’s Critical Mass weekend concludes in sunshine at the sea

Ciemmona’s three-day Critical Mass event last weekend in Rome concluded with a great outing to the sea and a good-natured celebration on the beach. Following rain-spattered meet-ups on Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday dawned sunny and hot as thousands of cyclists convened in Piazzale Ostiense for a coordinated ride to Ostia. As the pack of…

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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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Biker beware: dead ends and debris along the Tiber

Rome should be a great city for cycling. Its climate is the envy of much of Europe (including northern Italy) and while it suffers from rather wet winters, they are short and mild. Warm days return in April and can last right through to December. As far as the city’s topography goes, the seven hills…

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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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The world beyond the river wall

For most, the Lungotevere is just the western border of Testaccio, a busy road flanked by a cracked pavement that runs the length of the river wall. Beyond that, there is only a sparse canopy of trees on a steep slope and the fast running Tiber. The Tevere is tobacco-coloured in the winter, carrying debris…

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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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PREVIEW: Extra Large, MACRO Testaccio

For a few months, the oversized art installation “Big Bambu” has been towering above MACRO Testaccio, the contemporary art museum and exhibition space in the district’s former slaughter-house. Created by two American artists – and twins – Mike and Doug Starn, the 25 metre-high structure of interlocking bamboo canes (which can be freely climbed by…

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Review: Breakfast at Linari

Dear Audrey, you can keep breakfast at Tiffany’s… love, Testaccina Linari, Testaccio review 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 Linari are overflowing with pensioners and families, while the ones on the…

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