Just off Via Nazionale and close to big sights such as the Colosseum, Monti is a characterful district in its own right. It renowned as one of the more vibrant areas of Rome thanks to its array of independent shops and its quirky charm. Its avant-garde boutiques have made it popular with the city’s young fashion crowd who come here for unique buys and cool vintage shops. Those looking beyond Rome’s more traditional shopping areas should spend a day in Monti.
Centro Storico, or the historic centre, is what many people will think of when they envisage Rome. Cobbled streets, baroque churches, stately piazzas and major sights such as the Pantheon can all be found here. The neighbourhood is one of the most affluent in the city and its central location makes it a very desirable area to stay. Accommodation costs tend to be high but the quality of the boutique hotels, along with the narrow streets and the quaint alleys, give the area special appeal. Interested in shopping? Head to Via del Pellegrino and Via di Monserrato for top boutiques; a five minute walk from there will take you to Campo de’ Fiori and its famous market.
Trastevere is across the River Tiber from the city centre and is Rome’s most bohemian district. Once frequented by artists and intellectuals, the area has been gentrified and its narrow streets are lined with trattorias. With its distinctive charm, it offers some of Rome’s best nightlife and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep both locals and visitors entertained. Antica Pesa on Via Garibaldi is one of the biggest places to see and be seen in; its clientele includes celebrities and local residents.
Pigneto was once regarded as down-at-heel but it has been given a new lease of life thanks to an influx of chic cafés, top restaurants and cool bars. Today it is an enclave of cool, attracting Rome’s hipster set. It is often described as the answer to the vibrant New York borough of Brooklyn, and like its American counterpart it is on the outskirts of the city, around 25 minutes from the centre. Thanks to the more remote location, hotels here are reasonably priced.
Via Vittorio Veneto
Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film La Dolce Vita had Via Vittorio Veneto (colloquially known as Via Veneto) as its centrepiece. It is one of Rome’s most elegant and striking streets. The area around it is full of chic attractions, with Villa Borghese garden a must-visit for those wishing to lose the crowds. It is a quiet district, with many streets lined by banks and hotels. There are several luxury hotels here, making the area popular with discerning visitors as well as Rome’s social elite.