Ostiense is a very dynamic neighbourhood. I was born and raised here and watched the whole area changing constantly. It ends where Roma Sud (Southern Rome) begins and has a privileged position: 2 underground stations away from the Colosseum, 20 mins walk to Circo Massimo or Terme di Caracalla. Outside of the ancient city's boundaries, it gives much to discover anyway.
The Basilica di San Paolo - where the neighbourhood actually ends - is one of the most stunning churches in the city; the old power plant, Centrale Montemartini, now a museum, shall not be missed, especially if some exhibition is running.
In the last couple of years, the neighbourhood has become the canvas of many independent artists. Remarkable is Sten+Lex's artwork in Via dei Magazzini Generali, where the alphabet is represented by 26 international personalities, whose surnames' initial is each of the letters.
Make sure to take a walk around this area, as more wallpainting marvels are to be spotted here and there.
Nowadays, Ostiense's nightlife is considered one of the most fashionable in the whole city.
Lots of good restaurants and cocktail bars - from aperitivo to pizza, or sushi, to ice cream - (DoppioZero, Andreotti, H20, etc) and many clubs to help you digest the dinner: at its very ends (San Paolo on one side and Testaccio on the other): Goa, Rashomon, AKAB, are just a few. If you like rock, try Sinister Noise's live concerts (next to Burger King). And if you haven't had enough, the door next to SInister Noise is a punk-rock-goth tiny pub, Without, that won't close its doors till it's 6am.
Do you need more reasons to come by and enjoy your visit? :)
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