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City planners gave Rome's market quarter an industrial-neoclassical overhaul in the 19th century, but the flavors of ancient Rome remain remarkably intact in Testaccio. Romans and adventurous eaters flock here for such classic Roman dishes as trippa alla romana (tripe with mint and tomato) and coratella (entrails), dishes made from animal parts left over after Roman legions took their prime cuts of meat. Meat is major in Testaccio, where Rome's official slaughterhouses sliced and diced daily until 1975. Today the hulking slaughterhouse complex houses university architecture programs, art galleries, cultural centers, and major music festivals in summer. Testaccio is Rome's outpost of edgy industrial cool and foodie authenticity, especially now that the local train station office has been converted into Eataly, a three-story Slow Food emporium featuring regional specialty foods, gourmet classes with star chefs, pasta, and espresso galore.
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The fall of Rome is greatly exaggerated: much of the ancient Roman imperial forum and the Colosseum is still standing, pilgrims are lining up at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City for a glimpse of the pope and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Centro Storico counters are packed for afternoon espresso and aperitivi before vast dinners in Testaccio. And Valentino-clad fashionistas stomp the bar-lined cobblestone streets of Trastevere in stilettos without even a wobble.
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