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My Rome neighbourhood: Fabio Quaranta

Fashion designer Fabio Quaranta is known for his modern take on tailoring. In 2010, he won the Who Is On Next? Uomo award in the prêt-à-porter category, and he was also selected for a New Performer prize at Pitti Uomo 79 in 2011. Born in Rome, he still lives and works in the Eternal City – here he shares his favourite haunts, from his local neighbourhood to the must-see sights of the city as a whole

Theresa Harold
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Theresa Harold,

‘It’s hard to define my favourite area, as I’m lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Rome. But if I had to choose, I’d have to say Monti – the whole of Esquilino, really. I love it because it has this fresh attitude and yet a conservative feeling at the same time. There are old junk shops, vintage boutiques and a bunch of different international groceries. My shop/gallery, Motelsalieri, was based there but sadly it closed in July 2014. The headquarters of my brand is still on Via Giovanni Lanza, though.

‘My favourite bar has to be Bar D’Amore for its super-relaxed atmosphere. For food, I adore Ristorante La Campana on Vicolo della Campana. It’s the oldest restaurant in the capital and its location – just a stone’s throw away from the Pantheon – makes it the ideal place to soak in the atmosphere after sightseeing.

‘When friends from out of town are visiting, I find the simplest way to win them over is to take a walk. I always tell them to leave the map at home and try to let the city inspire and guide you. The best way to get around is by bicycle or on foot – that way you can lose yourself. Try heading towards the historical centre, arriving at Trastevere, south of Vatican City. Go into some of the minor churches that you didn't know existed – there is always a church you didn’t know about.

‘Then, I might take them to my favourite view in Rome: standing on the steps of the Pincian hill, overlooking Villa Borghese. I recently discovered the Casa delle Armi building, which is an architectural masterpiece by Luigi Moretti. For drinks we might head to the cocktail bar at the Sacripante Art Gallery on Via Panisperna.

‘On my days off, I take my daughter to the park, maybe the Orto Botanico di Roma, or a flea market. Sometimes, we’ll just stay at home and relax!’



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