Rome’s Recycling Program Accepts Plastic Bottles for Free Metro Tickets

plastic bottles for recycling

A new program launched in Rome in August has been enthusiastically embraced by the public. The recycling initiative accepts plastic bottles in exchange for free ATAC public transportation tickets, which are good on the city’s buses and metros.  Commuters can bring their plastic bottles to three metro stations to use specially designated machines to earn […]

How to Spend One Perfect Day in Rome’s Monti Neighborhood

people in the piazza sitting by a fountain in Monti Rome

Officially known Rione Monti, Monti prides itself on being Rome’s very first neighborhood because it has existed since ancient times and is listed as Rione I in the city’s list of numbered municipalities. Today, the central district is a mix of bohemian boutiques, contemporary street food spots, trendy bars, and traditional artisan workshops. Bordered on […]

Ex Mattatoio: Former Slaughterhouse in Rome’s Testaccio District

mattatoio exterior of restored slaughterhouse building

To many visitors, One of Testaccio’s most unexpected landmarks is the ex Mattatoio – the old slaughterhouse. But this hulking, half-abandoned urban relics is exactly why Testaccio exists. The mattatoio was inaugurated in 1890, replacing the slaughterhouse that was located in Piazza del Popolo. As the population of Rome grew, it simply wasn’t prudent to […]