The cobblestone streets of Monti wind through vintage clothing shops, hip wine bars, stylish boutiques, and mom-and-pop trattorie. A quiet neighborhood tucked between the busy streets of Via Nazionale and Via Cavour, Monti offers the feel of an intimate village with the advantage of remaining in the heart of the city. With the Roman Forum and the Colosseum lying just beyond, this artsy quarter is an ideal place to stay for holidaymakers.
Its main square, Piazza Madonna dei Monti, is a popular spot for locals, and in the evening it’s not uncommon to see the small piazza buzzing with life. Groups congregate around the octagonal fountain, making plans for the evening, while others sit on its steps, sipping a pre or post-dinner beer.
Monti draws a cool crowd of twenty and thirty-somethings to its trendy wine bars that start filling up around the aperitif hour at 7 o’clock and then again after dinner around 10:30. If you want to play it like the locals, Ai Tre Scalini is your best bet. This ever-popular wine stop is filled to its brim – a tight, two-room brim – every day of the week. If you’re lucky enough to land a seat, sit back and order a cheese or salumi platter with your wine. Otherwise, it’s you and your pinot on the street with the fresh-off-of-work Romans, gesticulating and chattering. For a more relaxed vibe, head over to Caffè Bohemien or Libro Divino on Via degli Zingari. Feel at home in the cozy, bookshelf-lined Caffè Bohemien and sink into a vintage armchair, or venture into the more modern Libro Divino, where large plasma TV screens hang from the walls like paintings.
At dinnertime, Alle Carrette is great for pizza, especially during the summer when you can sit outside. For Roman cuisine at a great price, Hosteria La Vacca M’briaca (literally “The Drunk Cow”) is – as they say in Italian – lick-your-mustache good! The family-run La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali also offers Roman cuisine, but with a sophisticated edge.
Though Monti isn’t a hotspot for high energy clubs, it offers up a nice range of bars. For those who want to keep it simple with a draught beer, Finnegan’s Irish Pub is the place for you. If you’re looking for something trendier, try Black Market or 2 Periodico. In both bars an eclectic collection of vintage furniture creates a bohemian-chic atmosphere. In addition to hosting art exhibits, 2 Periodico has live music on Tuesdays, a DJ on Fridays, and brunch on Sundays.
What more could your hip heart desire? A vintage market, of course! On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm, MercatoMonti Urban Market sets up shop in the conference hall of The Grand Hotel Palatino, showcasing not only vintage clothes and accessories, but also clothing from new designers and handcrafted items.
Rome for the Holidays has recently acquired two new apartments in the Monti area, The Gregory and the Bloomberg. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay in this diverse neighborhood!
(Photos courtesy of viviconstile.it and appside.it)
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