Over the last decade, Testaccio has been regarded by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma as a laboratory to experiment new strategies aimed at exploiting the historical and archaeological heritage as well as cooperating with other administrative and research institutions. To better explain the history of the rione’s landscape, the Museo Diffuso del Rione Testaccio (Ecomuseum of Rione Testaccio) was created, in cooperation with the First municipality of Rome.
The Porticus Aemilia is a key element shaping the rione’s inhabitants’ perception of Testaccio. It is therefore one of the ecomuseum’s main points of interest. At the beginning of the century, this area and its monumental remains were in a state of neglect. The cooperation between the Soprintendenza and other local authorities (the first municipality and Roma Capitale) together with the projects launched with the KNIR (Porticus Aemilia Project and Challenging Testaccio) contributed to regenerating the area as well as setting up a research and enhancement programme.
The valorization programme aims at creating a green urban space which may also serve as a ‘laboratory’ for art exhibitions and performances involving local and international cultural actors. The first result of this is a redevelopment project, started by architect Boudewijn Kaiser and elaborated by architects Irma de Ceglia and Teresa De Mauro. The plan and section drawings presented here represent the first draft of this project.