Il Mattatoio


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The bizarre statue of a winged hero slaughtering an ox atop the Mattatoio (slaughterhouse) leaves little doubt about its mission. Hailed as Europe's most advanced abattoir when it opened in 1891, the 24-acre complex extending from the Tiber to Monte Testaccio and the Aurelian Walls coped with an eightfold increase in the city's population, was the source of meat for the whole of central Italy and provided Testaccio's residents with work until 1975.

For decades, bickering between politicians, architects and planners left the structure in picturesque abandon: now, the whole area - including the campo boario (cattleyards), home to the Villaggio Globale centro sociale - is being reclaimed and transformed into a university architecture department, a centre for fair-trade sales, spaces for multimedia projects and exhibitions, as well as an outpost of the MACRO gallery. In the meantime, you can wander in for a look: the Mattatoio is still home to the horses that draw tourist carriages (and the homeless, who rent mattresses in the stables).

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Il Mattatoio details

Piazza Guistiniani/via di Monte Testaccio

Area Rome

Transport Bus 23, 30Exp, 75, 95, 170, 280, 673, 716, 781/tram 3.

Telephone 06 574 1900