Prenestino-Centocelle District Rome

Prenestino-Centocelle is the 19th quartiere of the city of Rome and is situated between the Via Prenestina and the Via Casilina, east of the Prenestino-Labicano district. Although there is not that much to see, lately parts of the neighborhood have become popular with the restaurant crowd.

Prenestino-Centocelle District Rome (Quartiere XIX)

History and description

Parco Archeologico di Centocelle Rome
Parco Archeologico di Centocelle

The area used to have a rather unsavory reputation, not in the least because of the number of illegally constructed houses, but the present situation is far better.

The quartiere can boast a small airport, called Aeroporto di Roma-Centocelle. In reality this airport lies in the quartiere Don Bosco, across from the Via Casilina. The Parco Archeologico di Centocelle has the same misleading name and is also located in Don Bosco. This park is interesting for tourists, since there are multiple Roman ruins.

What to see in Centocelle

Alessandrino Aqueduct in the Via dei Pioppi.
Alessandrino Aqueduct

The Via Palmiro Togliatti forms the eastern border of the district. An impressive stretch of the 3rd century AD Alessandrino Aqueduct can be seen near the point where this street crosses the Via dei Pioppi.

The biggest park of the neighborhood is the Parco Archeologico di Villa Gordiani. As the name indicates, its grounds are full of Roman ruins, including the Giordani Mausoleum and the Octagonal Hall. The park is cut in half by the Via Prenestina.

The cultural center Forte Prenestino, a former military fortress built toward the end of the 19th century, often hosts concerts and other events. Big parts of the fortress are covered with graffiti.

Eating in Centocelle

Hostaria 100Celle Rome
Hostaria 100Celle

One of the district’s most popular restaurants is Hostaria 100Celle, which serves traditional Roman food (Via delle Acacie, 122; tel: 39 3389563342; Mondays to Saturdays from 12:45 till 15:00 and from 19:30 till 23:00, Sundays from 12:30 till 15:00, Mondays closed).

Prenestino-Centocelle District Rome map

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