14 Sep
216/365(+1) by Luca Rossini
216/365(+1), a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr.

Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO1600, f2.8, 1/40, raw

The new market at Testaccio. Five thousand square meters, 103 stalls, 270 parking slots, and a new archeological attraction. Its construction started in 2008 and finished just a few months ago, for a cost of around eighteen million euros. It’s finally open. It should collect here the old, smelly and uncanny stalls which disfigure the main square of the area, Piazza Testaccio, and, together with the transformation of the old slaughter house into the Faculty of Architecture, the modern art museum MACRO, and many other things, it should drive the deep redevelopment of the whole area of Testaccio.
The area of Porta Portese, which faces from the other side of the river Tiber, should be the next one to get some redevelopment. At least this is what the city hopes. A few months ago, the Regione Lazio (the regional governmental office) allocated 11 million of euros to the Comune di Roma (the local city council) to address issues as the reorganization of the (messy) Sunday market of Porta Portese, and the architectural renovation of the whole area.
I really hope we’ll see these plans actuated in the near future, I love when proper city planning actually boosts the quality of life of the citizens. I saw it happening at Villaggio Olimpico, where we lived before, and I look forward to seeing it happening at Porta Portese as well.

3 thoughts on “216/365(+1)”

  1. HOLD ON HOLD ON! You are telling me, that in Rome, the wife can say “lets go shopping!” and I can say “Alright!” because I know once I get there, she can shop and I get to be Indiana Jones at the archeology attraction? You Rome boys got it made! Maybe a picture of the attaction for me to see, drop it on flickr or something?

    All the best as always

    1. Erich, I’m sorry to tell you that “Attraction” here in Italy refers to something that people can watch (by their own), without any kind of physical involvement. So, in this case it is much more that you can take a look to a bunch of very old Roman jars more than you can actually play Indiana 🙂
      And we have so many very old Roman jars here that we don’t get much excitement anymore… If I manage to get to the market at daytime (as you know, I go out mostly at night…), I’ll take a snapshot of the thing and I’ll post it 🙂

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