A guide to local favorites in Testaccio
- By Erica Firpo
- Photos by Ginevra Sammartino
Once a bustling Tiber River port that transformed into the city’s slaughterhouse headquarters by the early 1900s, Testaccio has grit as well as bragging rights to being the original home of AS Roma, the city’s beloved football team. AS Roma and the slaughterhouse may be long gone, but the rough-around-the-edges area still retains its community vibe through its busy market, locally owned shops and even late-night discos.
Meet Erica Firpo
Erica has lived in Rome since 2004, but she has been visiting the Eternal City since she was a child, thanks to her Roman mother and grandparents. Philadelphia is her hometown, Los Angeles is where she started her career and Rome is the end-all, be-all. She loves piazza life but misses backyard barbecues.
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