Rome is divided into twenty districts, or Municipi, which are identified by Roman numerals. Each of these neighborhoods is subdivided into neighborhoods, or rioni, (which also have Roman numerals). In the district I or Centro Storico of Rome, you’ll find Monti (No. I) neighborhood.
The Monti neighborhood is located in the eastern part of Rome, between the Rione Trevi and Campitelli at the end of the Rione Celio and Esquilino-Castro Praetorium. It is the largest and one of the oldest Rioni, where a great number archaeological remains are located. Nearby, there’s also the Foro di Nerva and the Colosseo Romano and il Parco di Colle Oppio and delle Terme di Traiano. Thus, judging from its ruins, this was a densely populated area in Roman times. It’s divided into two parts. The upper part, or Vicus patricius, was where the wealthy lived (today it is the Via Urbana) and the lower, or Suburra, was where the populace lived, a place full of brothels and disreputable venues. The dangers of the neighborhood were so great that the Roman Forum was separated from them because it was constanly under the threat of fire.
In the Middle Ages the aqueducts were constructed, and the areas where they were not built soon depopulated. Nevertheless, the Monti neighborhood developed differently, since its inhabitants felt such a strong connection with the area.
The urban developments of the 1800s and later the fascist period caused great changes in the Monti neighborhood.
In the beginning of the 21st century, Monti has become quite trendy and its streets are once again among the most popular of Rome. I’ll take you on a little tour of its cobblestone streets so you can get to know some of the most interesting sites:
What started out as a kind of outlet for merchants in the area has developed into a market featuring more than 35 designers. It takes place every Sunday (except the last Sunday of the month) from 10 am to 8 pm. You’re certain to find something unique here. Where? The Hotel Palatino Via Leonina 46/48.
This trattoria is an institution in the neighborhood. Open since 1906, it serves the best Roman food in an inviting atmostphere. Go here for traditional dishes. Where? Via Panisperna 214.
Fontana di Piazza della Madonna dei Monti
This plaza is located in the heart of Monti. It has become a meeting place for young people, who enjoy sitting outside to drink wine and eat good Piadina from the district of Emilia-Romagna. Where? The Piadineria, Via del Boschetto 98.
And speaking of wine, you can enjoy excellent wine in this venue. They also have delicious food that uses the best seasonal produce. Where? Via in Selci 84.
Today’s Monti neighborhood is a place for young people, a trendy neighborhood where you can find the best bars and shops of Rome. But it has also maintained a strong sense of tradition, which coexists perfectly with the modern aspects that have been added in recent years.
If you´re looking for apartments in Rome , why not stay in the historical Monti neighborhood, where tradition meets modernity!