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Monte Testaccio, Rome

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#192 of 524 in Historic Sites in Rome
Monte Testaccio (alternatively spelled Monte Testaceo; also known as Monte dei cocci) is an artificial mound in Rome composed almost entirely of testae (Italian: cocci), fragments of broken ancient Roman pottery, nearly all discarded amphorae dating from the time of the Roman Empire, some of which were labelled with tituli picti. It is one of the largest spoil heaps found anywhere in the ancient world, covering an area of 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) at its base and with a volume of approximately 580,000 cubic metres (760,000 cu yd), containing the remains of an estimated 53 million amphorae. It has a circumference of nearly a kilometre (0.6 mi) and stands 35 metres (115 ft) high, though it was probably considerably higher in ancient times. It stands a short distance away from the east bank of the River Tiber, near the Horrea Galbae where the state-controlled reserve of olive oil was stored in the late 2nd century AD. The mound later had both religious and military significance.
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  • Monte Testaccio is quite hard to get into, as the tours run at odd times. But the place is a wonder because you can actually take a little time to look at everything. Yes, the gardens are amazing...  more »
  • Met a local who recommended the area; went after the Protestant Cemetery [Keats Shelly graves] and found a Saturday morning market and artisanal street area behind a car park. Area seems to be...  more »
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  • Awesome neighborhood! Testaccio feels like the heart of modern day Rome in many respects. There are some great shops around, a nice park, and an awesome market nearby.
  • Beautiful night of cocktails. Felt so looked after by the bar staff in this cozy little bar! Loved it!

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