Industrial Archaeology of Rome 3-Hour Walking Tour
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Pick-up servicePick-up from your hotel in Rome on request. Please note that transportation may be by taxi at your own expense
- Explore the industrial heritage of Rome on a walking tour of Testaccio
- Go to the old slaughterhouse, now home to the Rome Museum of Contemporary Art
- Visit Rome's first public power plant at the Montmartini Thermoelectric Centre
- See stunning examples of civil engineering
- Get tips on the best places to eat in Testaccio
Start at the Musei Capitolini in the former Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre, the 1st public power plant to produce electricity for Rome. The center opened at the beginning of the 20th century on Via Ostiense. Its modern machinery, including diesel motors and alternator steam turbines, provide a futuristic counterpoint to the Roman statues and mosaics of the museum.
Walk pass the Gasometer and General Markets, and head to the old slaughterhouse in Testaccio, Rome’s 1st industrial district. The area saw a significant expansion when the leather, soap and candle industries started to grow, and new machineries and infrastructures were created.
Learn about the working class communities that used to live here, and listen to stories about the inauguration of one of the most advanced abattoirs and cattle markets in 1888. Built according to designs by the architect and engineer, Gioacchino Ersoch, the slaughterhouse is one of the best examples of civil engineering from 19th century Rome.
Now home to Macro Future, Rome's Museum of Contemporary Art, the gallery’s collection showcases a selection of some of the most significant expressions of Italian art since the 1960s. Marvel at the transformation of the building, and see how an industrial complex can be repurposed for modern use.
Along the way, your guide tell you about some of the most typical restaurants in Testaccio for you to enjoy at a later time!
- Private guide
- Entrance fees (Montemartini Museum and MACRO Future)
Meet at the Montemartini Museum, Via Ostiense 106, Rome. The guide will wait for you just outside the entrance, holding a sign with your name on it (Open in Google Maps)
• Please note that the MACRO Future Museum of Contemporary Art is only open in the afternoon
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