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.
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 7.00 pm)