Party Earth Review A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city’s club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Built into the side of a hill, the circular area features... ... read full review
Via di Monte Testaccio
Daily; Hours vary by venue
Testaccio, Rome –
A bit isolated from the rest of Rome, Testaccio is the city’s club district and home to more than a dozen nightspots heavily frequented by a hip local clientele. Built into the side of a hill, the circular area features a road around its perimeter that leads patrons from one club to the next.
Some of the highlights include Akab (Via di Monte Testaccio, 69) or Joia (Via Galvani, 20) for dancing, Villaggio Globale (Via di Monte Testaccio, 22) for live music, and On the Rox (Via Galvani, 54) for a lively bar setting.
Entertainment varies by venue, but revelers can expect high-energy crowds packing the dance floors no matter where they go.
Most venues have both indoor and outdoor seating, some serve food, and all usually charge a cover and may entail some waiting. Those who arrive in Testaccio early may want to grab a few moderately-priced drinks at Il Buongustaio (Via Campitelli, 1) before entering the clubs.
The district is known to attract a dressier mainstream crowd, but the live music venues like Conte Staccio and Villaggio Globale – which presents well-known artists and DJs in outdoor tents – are far more alternative and punk.
Although many of the clubs close in July and August – or move operations to the river for the summer months – a few like Coyote, On the Rox, and Conte Staccio do stay open, keeping the heart of Testaccio pumping no matter what time of year.
Hip and happening Italian partygoers, early 20s to mid-30s.
Music varies from club to club, but often includes drum and bass, techno, and house.
Several of the venues serve sandwiches or larger meals. A few kebab and panini stands also stay open as late as the clubs. The metro shuts down right when Testaccio gets going, so plan on taking a taxi home.
Cover charges average €7–€15. Beer €3.50–€6, wine €4–€6, cocktails €7–€12.
Whenever the mood hits to dance to house, hip-hop, or Top 40 on a large-scale dance floor. Fridays and Saturdays are densely crowded during the spring and fall.
A ten-minute walk past Via Ostiense to Via Libetta leads to a smaller club area that includes Goa (Via Giuseppe Libetta, 13) and the Linux Club (Via Giuseppe Libetta, 15c).