I didn’t know all of Rome’s districts until recently so one morning I decided to take a walk in the lesser known neighborhood of Testaccio. It was local life at its best! Romans going about their businesses, shopping at Mercato Testaccio, nonni playing with their grandchildren, women chatting with the butcher. It was essentially Rome without the crowds.
From the main piazza to the end of the road I chanced upon the Tram Depot-an old inoperative tram carriage made into a kiosk serving coffee, cocktails and much more. This place was a win win for me with its brilliant garden swing, shady sitting area and retro styled chairs. I enjoyed their fresh cornetto and cappuccino and friendly service. It was a good way to immerse in speaking Italian even though most of it concerned about the many pigeons in the area 😉
Address: Via Marmorata 13, Rome
After a long pausa, I headed to the latest street food craze called Trapizzino! In simple terms- a comfort food place offering small triangular shaped pizza with a topping of your choice! Trapizzino was packed and there were many delicious toppings to choose from. There was eggplant parmesan and marinated artichokes. Oh well….I was in Italy! But I went for the polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce) with a chilled beer.
My trapizzino was super yumm at just €3.50. The place had a small sitting area which was a perfect spot for people watching. Now here is where I heard English and also saw tourists like myself!
Address: Via Giovanni Branca 88, Rome
Have you been to any of these places?? If not, I’d recommend you to try them #WhenInRome
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