Right by the Colosseum, you can walk up to a neighborhood well worth exploring: Monti.

Right by the Colosseum, you can walk up to a neighborhood well worth exploring: Monti.

The area is full of art galleries, antique shops, and artisan workshops practicing age-old trades: goldsmiths, metal workers, carpenters...

After shopping, stop by the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Piazza della Madonna dei Monti.

The charming Vicolo San Francesco of Paola, once known as the "alley of the wicked," because of crimes of passion committed here, from ancient Rome to the Renaissance-era of the Borgia family.

The charming covered Monti Market takes place every weekend in the underground spaces of a hotel, featuring a dozen or so booths with emerging designers and vintage clothing. Mentioned in The Guardian, New York Times, Condè Nast Traveller US, National Geographic UK, it is right across from the Cavour metro stop.

There are also many clothing and jewelery boutiques featuring one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few spots to mark on your map!

“Abito Le gallinelle” (via Panisperma 61): women's clothing, bespoke womenswear.
"Tommaso Silvestri" (Via della Madonna dei Monti 98): handmade jewelry
“Fabio Piccioni” (via del Boschetto 148): vintage and used jewelry
“Galleria Cordoba” (via Via Degli Zingari 39): art gallery
“Studio Casso” (via Urbana 98): mosaic art + courses
“Roma Liuteria di Mathias Menanteau” (Via di S. Maria Maggiore, 150): violin maker and restorer
“Blue Goose” (via del Boschetto 4): vintage store with famous fashion brands
"L'armadio di Oliver" (via degli Zingari 54): children's clothes

The italian director Mario Monicelli lived at Via dei Serpenti 29, and in this neighborhood he stopped for his coffee, did his shopping, bought his newspaper, took a stroll, lived his life... and while he was at it... filmed this short movie.


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