I hadn’t explored all of Rome’s neighborhoods. So one morning I decided to take a walk in the lesser known neighborhood of Testaccio. And what a bliss! It was local life at its best! Romans going about their businesses, shoppers at Mercato Testaccio, nonni playing with their grandchildren, women chatting with the butcher….. It was essentially Rome without the crowds. The Testaccio market was full of different sounds and smells.
From the Testaccio market towards the main piazza, I kept walking till I reached the end of the road on the right. There was an old tram converted to a kiosk serving coffee! Aptly named “Tram Depot”, this place is a serious WIN WIN if you are looking for a quirky setup of Bars in Rome. The brilliant garden swing, sitting area and retro styled chairs were adorable!
I enjoyed the fresh cornetto and cappuccino along with a very 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 and some reading, I got hungry and searched for the street food craze called Trapizzino! In simple terms Trapizzino offers small triangular shaped bread pizza filled with delicious toppings of your choice! There is so much to choose from but I went for the classic flavors of eggplant parmesan and marinated artichokes. (Oh Italy!!)
Later, I also packed a polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce) to go along with my chilled beer. My trapizzino was super yumm and costed €3.50. The store in Testaccio is very tiny but a perfect spot for people watching. This is also where I heard English and 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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