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Tram Depot: Testaccio’s Quirky Coffee Cart

One of the best things about Testaccio is very practical: location.

Living here, we are within a short walk to the center, a few minutes from Trastevere, and well connected to everything else by the train, metro, tram and bus lines that skirt the edges of the neighborhood.

My preference is always for the tram because it tends to be slightly less crowded than the bus.  But the most interesting tram is the one that is no longer operational, and popped up in the neighborhood the summer before last: Tram Depot.

Tram depot Testaccio

Sandwiched between busy Via Marmorata, Via Galvani, a car park and the post office, they have managed to create a small outdoor refuge.

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The de-commissioned tram dishes out drinks, where they have transformed the kind of awkward space into a cozy and workable retreat.  The sound of the road fades away and you can catch up with friends or tap away at a laptop.
seating tram depot

I am a sucker for retro chairs, which is exactly why I stopped in the first time.

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I prefer to stop in for wine, local beer, or finger food.  I am less a fan of the coffee, which looks good but does not quite live up to expectations.

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But, it is a nice place to relax after a day of exploring, particularly after touring the Non-Catholic Cemetery and Piramide, which are just down the street.

Tram Depot
Corner of Via Marmorata and Via Galvani
Hours are supposedly 7:00 am to 2:00 am, but I find this hard to guarantee.


Post-Shopping Beer

I often walk to the centro storico, and since I live in Testaccio, this is a bit of a stroll.

Certainly nothing outrageous, but it’s more than a quick jaunt around the corner.

What starts out as a great idea for some exercise, turns to self doubt as I round Teatro Marcello and find myself in the crowds of the ghetto, Largo Argentina, Pantheon and finally Via del Corso.

As soon as I hit del Corso, I cannot imagine that I ever thought that I needed/wanted anything badly enough to deal with the crush of humanity that makes up Rome’s concentrated shopping area.

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I want to get in and out and then spend an hour recouping somewhere quiet.

Which is where Enoteca comes in.

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This is one of Jimmy’s favorite places.  I think the food is passable. But when I need a break from the grind of the centro, or likely because I am way too early to meet someone and I need to kill some time, Enoteca is perfect place to pop in for a beer.

For me, the center is a series of perilous pit falls of restaurants.  Located a one minute walk from the Spanish Steps, Enoteca is at the dead center of the hazard zone.

Enoteca Interior

The decor is a tad affected, but the wait staff are young and friendly (and cute).  It’s cool and dark in the summer, and cozy and warm in the winter. The perfect place for a drink, where you won’t be hurried or overcharged.

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Your bill will come with huge English writing declaring that Service Is Not Included. And yes, I have complained about this… but it’s still a favorite place in a pinch.  And if you are Jimmy, it’s a favorite. Period.

Antica Enoteca
Via della Croce 76B
12pm- 12 am daily
+39 06 679 0896