The Monte dei Cocci, or Monte Testaccio, is an authentic “waste tip”, an artificial mound dating from the Roman era rising in the very heart of the city.
The ancient Romans in fact used to dump their broken pieces of pottery and fragments of oil amphorae which had arrived for market and had been unloaded at the nearby river port on the Tiber. This gathering pile of earthenware over time swelled into a hill, where today a pleasant stroll may be taken hunting for exciting relics dating from the third century A.D.
Then over the following centuries, grottos were dug, used as cellars and stables, which have today been turned into restaurants and disco-pubs, popular haunts for the night-lifers.
Via Nicola Zabaglia, 24
Telephone: 060608 tutti i giorni ore 9.00-21.00
Telephone booking: 060608 tutti i giorni ore 9.00-21.00
Web site: www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/i_luoghi/roma_antica/monumenti/monte_testaccio
Open to organized groups by reservation only.
Max. 30 people per group.
Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, December 25.
Phone Booking required: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)
For April, May and June 2016 booking will be open on December 14th 2015
For July, August and September 2016 booking will be open on March 14th 2016
For October, November and December 2016 booking will be open on June 13th 2016
For January, February and March 2017 booking will be open on 14 September 2016