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There are many lessons to learn when living in Rome but possibly most important is this: usually just a five-minute walk away from any major monument will take you to a restaurant, bar, or neighborhood that is full of local finds. One of our favorite examples of this is the neighborhood of Monti.

Located north of the Via dei Fori Imperiali, it is a short walk from the Colosseum and Foro Romano.
It’s name literally means “mountains” which will make sense as soon as you spend an afternoon walking up and down the steep hills throughout Monti.
There is a lot to see and do, but you’ll find that Monti is a neighborhood that draws its visitors back time and time again.
Monti is a residential neighborhood, so one of its main draws is the picturesque nature of the narrow streets.
Whether it’s the laundry hanging from the windows, or the older Italians carrying home their groceries, Monti welcomes the visitor with a glimpse into the lives of its locals.
Via del Boschetto, Via dei Serpenti, Via della Madonna dei Monti, and Via Panisperna are all particularly beautiful and worth a visit.
There is plenty to do in Monti but it is also a great neighborhood to spend some time not doing really anything at all.
You will find piazzas full of people enjoying a drink and chatting with each other as time just slips by.
The fountain in Piazza della Madonna dei Monti is particularly popular as a place to while away the time.
All you have to do is find a place and settle in for a great conversation or quality people watching.
If you find yourself wandering about, it never hurts to do a bit of shopping, and Monti has its fair share of retail appeal.
For a more commercial setting, head to Via Nazionale where you will find all the big names you find on Via del Corso.
A wide open street, Via Nazionale adds a sense of grandeur and elegance to your shopping experience, especially since you’ll find top designer names among the shops you pass.
However, there are places for every budget so do not hesitate to check it out!
If you’re hoping to do your shopping in boutiques instead of name brand stores, Via del Boschetto is your best bet.
Unique clothing, jewelry, and home goods can all be found along this quaint street in various stores.
When shopping tires you out, stop by Er Baretto – L’arte del Caffe for one of the best coffees you’ll have.
The name means “the art of coffee” and they certainly know what they are doing.
Around the corner is the Mercato Monti, a vintage and handmade market, open Saturdays and Sundays.
If you’re hoping for something truly spectacular, head there and spend an afternoon perusing the many stands for something special.
They sell everything from vintage sunglasses to handmade clothing.
If you’re looking for something else to capture your attention besides shopping, spend the day exploring the many beautiful churches located throughout the Monti neighborhood.
Two of the better known churches located here are the Basilicas of San Pietro in Vincoli and San Clemente.
The first boasts an amazing statue of Moses, carved by Michelangelo and the second sits atop the ancient remains of a Roman houses, a pagan church, and perhaps an ancient Roman mint.
Both beautiful for very different reasons and both worthy of a visit.
Some lesser visited churches in Monti include the Basilicas of Santa Pudenziana and Santa Prassede, which are both famous among art historians for their gorgeous and well-preserved mosaics.
You can continue your cultural explorations inside one of the museums located in the Monti area.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni, on Via Nazionale, has a set collection of artwork but also features rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
As well as housing amazing artwork inside, the immense white building is an impressive example of architecture in itself.
Try to visit on the first Wednesday of the month as there is free admission.
Another great museum located further down Via Nazionale is the Museo dei Fori Imperiali.
It is housed in Trajan’s Market, and usually exhibits ancient Roman artifacts.
Finally, you’ll need some food to get you through your day of exploring.
Luckily, Monti is full of great places to eat.
We’ll give you some suggestions to start you out, but feel free to try other places that catch your eye!
Pizza a Taglio: La Boccaccia – Via Leonina, 73
Tastes great and you wont pay much, what else can you ask for?
Gelato: Gelateria dell’Angeletto – Via dell’Angeletto, 15
Amazing quality with dairy/egg free options as well.
Pizzeria: Pizzeria alle Carrette – Via della Madonna dei Monti, 95
Great quality wood-fired pizza for reasonable prices.
Date Night: La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali – Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9
Although it’s a bit on the expensive side, the quality of the food more than makes up for it. Make sure to try the gnocchi with a ragù sauce!
Coffee: Er Baretto – L’Arte del Caffé – Via del Boschetto, 132
The name says it all “the art of coffee”.
Roman Dinner: Ai Tre Scalini – Via Panisperna, 251
You’ll find this place full of Romans and as you squeeze among them to your seats you’ll start to feel like a local too! Great food and even better ambiance makes this a great place for a dinner with friends.
Drinks: Civico 4 – Via degli Zingari, 4
Right off Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, this is a perfect place to grab a glass of wine, a beer, or a nice cocktail. They have a great aperitivo too!

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