Monteverde is a beautiful and quiet residential area located southeast from Trastevere, just outside of Rome’s historical center. Monteverde means “Green Mountain” and is named after the hill where the district is located on.
The main attraction of the zone is the famous Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome’s largest park which was laid out on the orders of Prince Camillo Pamphili, the nephew of Pope Innocent X, between 1644 and 1652. Besides being Rome’s largest park, it is also one of the richest in terms of vegetation with tall trees and rare plants. In Villa Doria Pamphili you can enjoy walking among some of Rome’s ancient and medieval past so an afternoon in the park could turn out to be a history lesson for the family…
The peaceful surroundings do not sacrifice accessibility to your list of Rome must-sees as the area is very well served by public transportation which will allow you to reach the historical center in less than 20 minutes.
Located right in the heart of the historical centre of Rome, the “Rione Monti”, is the most ancient quarter in the city. Despite its central location, Monti is a safe island of tranquility. You can wander through the “vicoletti”, or alleys, and admire architectural treasures without the traffic and noise found in much of Rome. The tiny streets of the neighborhood represent a cross section of architectural history. You might see a medieval palazzo built on ancient Roman foundations, with a third floor from the Renaissance and a 1950’s concrete roof terrace, a succession of styles that covers 2500 years of history.
Staying in this quarter means having the privilege to live and experience the atmosphere of the most appealing area of the capital and visit on foot its archeological monuments starting from the Roman Forum, to the Coliseum, to the Domus Aurea, to the Trajan markets. Other major sites of Rome such as Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna are all within walking distance.
Pantheon (Greek for “all the gods”) is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome. Both during the day and night, you will never get tired to look at the Pantheon and marvel at this wonder that looks, as Michelangelo said, more like the work of angels, not men. This location is really the epicenter of Rome's must-see sites, as you will be only few minutes walking distance away from Piazza Navona, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, Campo de’ Fiori, the Coliseum, Trastevere district and the Vatican. Be sure to allow yourself enough time just to wander around and let yourself get lost on the very streets where Julius Caesar and Lucrezia Borgia once trod. A slice of history unfolds at every turn: an ancient fountain, a long-forgotten statue, a ruined temple dedicated to some long-faded cult. Because of its ancient streets, classical atmosphere and heartland location, this is a truly fabulous place to stay!
Piazza di Spagna
The Spanish Steps (the former site of the Spanish ambassador's residence) is the most elegant area of the historical centre of Rome and since the 17th century has been the most important meeting place for visitors.
This part of the historical center offers the best combination of visitors favored activities: sightseeing and shopping. On one hand, by simply strolling around this strategic location the guests will be able to visit the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza del Popolo; the Coliseum, Vatican City and many other extraordinary sites are all within walking distance or can easily be reached by public transports. On the other hand, you will find yourself in the heart of the city shopping district, next to Via Condotti and Via del Corso, where all the major houses of fashion have their ateliers. Walking down Via Frattina is a real feast for your eyes: From Tiffany to Versace, the glamorous shop windows display everything your heart desires.
This is Rome at its most upscale. With plenty of outdoor bars, trendy cafés and hundreds of restaurants, if you stay in this area you will be assured easy access to this fantastic city and its treasures.
Piazza Navona is one of the most frequented place in Rome where both locals and tourists like to hang out even till late in the night thanks to the numerous outdoors cafés, restaurants and piano-bars. It is extremely pleasant just to sit on a cool stone bench and watch the world go by. Then join a table in one of the cafés that face onto the square and pep up your senses with an espresso or a cappuccino, while the locals shop and the street musicians capture the tourists. You will suddenly feel the Roman in you.
A two minutes walk will also have you in the amazing Piazza Campo de’ Fiori. Tradition would have it that the name, literally “field of flowers” comes from Flora, Pompeo's lover, but more likely it comes from the fact that in the late 1300's, the square was abandoned for a brief period, and became a meadow. Nowadays "Campo de' Fiori" represents one of the places where Rome shows its most authentic character from the early morning with its fabulous open air market, to the deepest night with entertainment offered by numerous bars, restaurants and "trattorie" of the area. We definitely recommend you to wander on your own and let yourself get lost on the beautiful cobblestone streets of the most fascinating area of the city.
Piazza V Emanuele II
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, also know as Piazza Vittorio, is located in the vibrant Esquilino district, the historical neighborhood named after one of the seven “Roman hills”. Parts of the surrounding area have undergone renovations and this ancient Roman quarter is certainly convenient in terms of easy access to Rome’s historical center.
From here you will be able to reach on foot the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Domus Aurea, Nero’s Golden house constructed after the great fire of Rome. Among other popular sites in this area, two of the four major Basilicas of Rome are easily reachable on foot: St. John the Lateran, the oldest church in town, and St. Mary the Mayor, considered by many to be the most beautiful church in Rome after St Peter's.
In this district you can also find the colorful "Mercato Esquilino" which is an indoor market of ancient origins where numerous booths display a bountiful array of tantalizing fruits and vegetables.
From the close Stazione Termini, the main railway station in Rome, you will be able to catch trains to Fiumicino and Ciampino airports as well as all destinations in Italy.
This district is one of the most beautiful and magical part of the city, as this is the area which was the economic, social and political centre of Rome during the imperial period: the Roman Forum.
Walking down the astonishing Via dei Fori Imperiali you will then reach the greatest amphitheatre of the antiquity, the Coliseum. Built about 1920 years ago and used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, the Coliseum is considered an architectural and engineering wonder, and remains a standing proof of both the grandeur and the cruelty of the Roman Empire.
Other major sites in Rome such as Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, are all within walking distance as well as the glamorous shopping streets of Via del Corso, Via Frattina and Via Condotti. Finally, it will take you only 20 min walking by crossing the Tiber over the panoramic Palatino bridge to reach Trastevere, one of Rome’s most charming neighborhoods, an intricate maze of squares all interconnected by narrow, medieval cobbled streets where you will find lots of trendy bars, cafés and restaurants. If you really want to experience the true essence of Rome, you won’t find a more perfect location!
Located between the Vatican City and Piazza del Popolo, the Prati district, is one of the most elegant, quite and charming area in Rome. This residential area is distinguished by its tree-lined streets and historic buildings constructed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Furthermore, the adjacent Via Cola di Rienzo and Via Crescenzio with their countless boutiques represent a true paradise for shopping lovers.
You will be only few minutes waling from Castel St. Angelo, St. Peter’s Basilica and the astonishing Vatican museums, one of the most beautiful and popular museums in the world. By crossing the nearby bridge over the Tiber River you will shortly reach on foot the incredible Villa Borghese Park as well as the nerve of the historical centre of the city, including Piazza del Popolo, The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.
The area is also very well served by public transports and there are numerous nice shops, bars and restaurants. We would warmly recommend a stay here, in one of Rome' most charming locations!
In Roman dialect, Trastevere means "across the Tiber”. This picturesque medieval area in fact is located on the west bank of the Tiber. Part of the historical centre of Rome, Trastevere is the perfect place to glimpse a bit of the old world while still enjoying the lifestyle of today's Romans. From the cobblestone streets to the overhanging laundry lines, senses are pleasantly awakened with every step you take in this bohemian neighborhood.
Equidistant from the Coliseum and the Vatican, Trastevere is an ideal place to discover the secrets of Rome on foot. Saint Peter and the Vatican city are about twenty minutes away and upon crossing the Tiber you get to Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum, and many other sights, in no time at all (15 to 30 minutes walks). If you want to take public transportation, the area is extremely well served by the electric buses of Rome. The district becomes very lively at night as it is full of trendy bars and dozens of quality restaurants and pizzerias, where you can taste great Italian food at reasonable prices. Trastevere is definitely one of Rome's most colorful and charming quarters. Known as a "city within a city" the neighborhood has more the feel of a village within a city…
Trieste / Salario
The Trieste/Salario district is a beautiful and elegant residential area just outside of Rome’s historical center, full of historical villas and wonderful foreign embassy buildings and it is recommended for all those who want to stay away from the bustling city center.
However, the peaceful surroundings do not sacrifice accessibility to your list of Rome must-sees as the area is very well served by public transportation which provides fast connections to any historical site and district of Rome including the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Vatican and the bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere. In this area it is located the famous Saint Lawrence outside the Walls — one of the most important basilica churches and one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome.
Nowadays, the district is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Rome and has everything you need to make your stay in the eternal city truly memorable.
The Vatican district is a quite and elegant area of the city centre of Rome adjacent to the Vatican City, the smallest independent country in the world. The area includes such resplendent sights as St. Peter’s Basilica (one of the world’s largest Christian churches), Castel St. Angelo and the astonishing Vatican Museums, one of the most beautiful and popular museums in the world. By crossing the bridge on the Tiber you can easily reach on foot the historical centre of Rome including Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps and the Coliseum. Also a five minutes' walk away you will find the charming Prati district: via Cola di Rienzo and Via Crescenzio with their countless boutiques represent a true paradise for shopping lovers.
The area is also very well served by public transports which provide a fast connection to Rome’s major historical sites and districts. The typical Trastevere neighborhood full of trendy bars and quality restaurants is reachable with a 20 minute walk along via della Lungara, once the private street of the Pope. Yet this is another fantastic and convenient location to discover all Rome’s wonders on foot!
Via Vittorio Veneto
Right in the center of Rome, this is the area that, in the 1950s and early 1960s, was the swinging place to be, as the likes of King Farouk, Frank Sinatra, and Anita Ekberg used to hang around here to the delight of the paparazzi. The legendary “Via Veneto” street is still the site of luxury hotels, elegant cafes and sophisticated restaurants. By strolling around this glamorous and strategic location you will be able to visit the Trevi fountain, The Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Coliseum, Villa Borghese and many others cultural and historical attractions.
To the south, Via Veneto comes to an end at Piazza Barberini, dominated by the 1642 Triton Fountain (Fontana del Tritone), a baroque celebration with four dolphins holding up an open scallop shell in which a triton sits blowing into a conch. And for your leisure moments, there are many lovely shops, bars and restaurants to explore and discover in this charming area so you do not need to go far to enjoy all that the eternal city has to offer.