One of Rome's old residential neighbourhoods, Monti retains a bohemian edge and is a great spot for an alfresco coffee, to savour the local street food, and shop for alternative fashion, writes Lee Marshall [...]
Monti is central Rome's secret urban village. Tourists dutifully tick off the Colosseum, the Quirinal hill, the imposing Santa Maria Maggiore basilica, but tend to ignore what lies between them, assuming "there's nothing to see" – and so missing out on one of the city's most charming old residential neighbourhoods.
Once this was the Suburra, Today its ochre-washed houses on cobblestone lanes are prime real estate, inhabited by architects, trust-fund screenwriters and other well-heeled creative types. But despite the gentrification, Monti retains a bohemian edge, and has become one of Rome's most rewarding areas for alternative fashion, gourmet street food and alfresco cafe culture.[...]