Monte Testaccio, aka Monte dei Cocci, is an artificial hill formed exclusively by the fragments of millions of amphorae used to transport goods that were unloaded from the ships in the nearby river port in the Roman Age. The hill, which dates between 140 BC and 250 AD, constitutes an important source of historical documentation about the economic development of the Roman Empire, the commercial relations between the Capitol and its Provinces, as well as the food habits of the Romans. The Monte Testaccio tour begins with some background of Testaccio, a hub of commercial activity in antiquity and during the industrial revolution. The area still clings to those traditions as it becomes ever more gentrified. After exploring the concepts of ancient commerce and modern industrialization, you will hike up to the top of Monte Testaccio for views over the old slaughterhouse, the Testaccio district and Ostiense’s industrial ruins.
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