• Just across the Tiber River from the historical center, Trastevere was the neighborhood where foreigners and worshipers of foreign cults dwelled during early Roman times. Its charming maze of medieval streets and picturesque squares make it the ideal setting to discover Rome’s growth and development through ancient, medieval, and modern times. Along the way we will visit churches like the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, which was built on the ruins of ancient Roman houses, and Santa Maria Trastevere, with its intricate Cosmati floors and richly decorated mosaic apse. Time permitting, we will climb the Janiculum Hill beside Trastevere for a visit to the Fontanone, a Baroque era fountain, and for views over the city’s skyline. Contact [email protected] for details.
  • Beginning at the edge of the 3rd century Aurelian Walls and progressing eastward, we will delve deeply into the history and culture of Pigneto, a pleasantly tourist-free district of Rome. The well-preserved Porta Maggiore, an Imperial gate, and the adjacent Baker’s Tomb will be the first monuments to greet us. Using them as a backdrop, we will discuss the development of this part of Rome and gain an understanding of the area’s geography and history. Our walking tour will progress into the Pigneto district, which is flanked by the ancient Via Prenestina and Via Casilina. Built in the 1920s and 1930s for housing Roman rail workers, Pigneto gave inspiration to Pasolini’s Neorealist films and has evolved in recent years to become a haven of young artists and a thriving, diverse immigrant community. As we meander through one of Rome’s hippest neighborhoods, we’ll explore everything from ancient aqueducts and transit to contemporary street art and urban gardening. Finally, we will stroll through the villini, a section of Pigneto populated by villas made for Fascist era transit managers, before ending in Mandrione, Pasolini’s former stomping ground and home to aqueduct ruins. You can preview Pigneto by watching the video on the left. Contact [email protected] for details.
  • 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. Contact [email protected] for details.