For one of the best ice creams in Rome, head to Fatamorgana in Monti. The artisanal gelateria is a famous spot in the neighbourhood, offering an incredible array of flavours with each more fantastic than the next. Choose from white chocolate, basil honey and walnut, matcha green tea, panettone or wasabi chocolate. The cobbled streets of Monti are perfect for walking around and exploring, so order your ice cream to go. The square just opposite also offers the ideal spot to enjoy your delicious treat.
Fatamorgana, Piazza degli Zongari 5, 00184 Rome, +39 06 4890 6955
Looking for unique souvenirs from Rome? Step away from the luxury store-lined street of Via del Corso and head to Monti, where you will find some of Rome’s best boutique shopping. Pifebo caters to the area’s hip locals and discerning visitors looking for quality vintage finds. Offering everything from denim to sweaters, leather jackets to cool accessories, this is the place to hunt down a vintage bargain. With pieces from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, this is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures.
Pifebo, Via dei Serpenti 141, 00184 Rome, +39 06 8901 5204
While Monti is known for its quirky boutiques, it is also home to Trajan’s Market, Rome’s ancient shopping centre. The architectural complex was built between 107 and 110AD, and was the site of shops and offices, where Romans would gather to conduct business. Despite its age, it is in surprisingly good condition and a fascinating place to explore Roman architecture and get a feel for the daily lives of citizens in ancient Rome.
Ai Tre Scalini
For one of the best enoteca wine shops in the area head to Ai Tre Scalini. With its ivy-lined doorway and rustic wooden bar it is the very picture of Italian living. Founded in 1895, it has built up a loyal following and the place is packed out by 7pm. Get here early and enjoy a selection of small plates from the daily changing menu. The wines are also very impressive, with a huge list of over a hundred labels. Warm and inviting, this is a wonderful place to enjoy the atmosphere of Monti.
Ai Tre Scalini, Via Panisperna 251, 00184 Rome, +39 06 4890 7495
It comes as no surprise to learn that Monti, one of Rome’s coolest areas, is home to a great urban market. The perfect place to visit on the weekends, MercatoMonti is a unique shopping experience in the city. The market offers a huge selection of vintage wares that would make ideal souvenirs, as well as top items from young designers. From vintage clothes to cool accessories and homeware, this place is bound to inspire.
MercatoMonti, Via Leonina 46, 00184 Rome