Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Monti
A former human rights lawyer, Claudia Tavani runs My Adventures Across The World where she shares her tips to visit the most stunning destinations in the world. She has lived in Rome and she regularly visits because - she says - it's quite simply the most beautiful city in the world.
What should you see in neighborhood Monti as a first-time visitor?
Monti is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Rome, and it's packed with things to see and do. If it's your first time there, you should not skip the Colosseum, Rome's most iconic attraction. A guided tour will help you understand its history and appreciate its intricate architecture and history. One of the most interesting places to visit in Monti to learn more about the history of Rome is the Domus Aurea, or Nero Golden House, which is a masterpiece of engineering and art. There are many churches in Rione Monti, but the most interesting one is definitely San Clemente Basilica, one of the oldest in the city. Get tickets to visit the underground area, where one of the mithraic temples of Rome is located. Finally, San Pietro in Vincoli is another beautiful church where you can see Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses.
What are some hidden gems to see in Monti?
Rione Monti is a popular area for tourists, but you will still be able to find a quiet place. The Salita dei Borgia, which links the lower level of Monti to the San Pietro in Vincoli Church, is definitely one of the quaintest corners. Via Urbana is a charming street to walk along, packed with smaller locally owned shops. Finally, there's the impressive Santa Prassede Church.
What is neighborhood Monti known for?
Rione Monti is one of the most central neighborhoods of Rome. It's internationally known for spreading across several of Rome's famous Seven Hills and for being the home of the Colosseum, but there are many more attractions to visit in the area.
What is the average cost of staying in the neighborhood?
Much like the rest of the historic center of Rome, Monti isn't exactly cheap. The average cost of a one-night stay in Rione Monti is between €100 and €150 per room. On the other hand, one of the perks of staying in Monti is the possibility of having a room with views of the Colosseum.
What are the best food/drink spots in neighborhood Monti?
Lovers of gourmet food should book a table at Aroma, a Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Giuseppe Di Iorio that has a terrace with breathtaking views of the Colosseum. Antico Forno makes some of the best street food in the area. Ai Tre Scalini is probably the most popular bar in the area.
What is the nightlife like in the neighborhood?
Nightlife in Monti consists of a mix of restaurants targeting all sorts of budgets, cafes, and bars that are popular with younger crowds, who often end up spilling in the streets and squares around the area. While there are no clubs, you will find an Ice Bar on via Della Madonna dei Monti, and more sophisticated places too. Spritzeria Monti is the perfect place for drinks with a view. There's also Fafiuché, in Via della Madonna dei Monti: a wine bar with an incredible selection of local and international wines.
What are some tips for navigating the neighborhood as a tourist?
Monti is easy to reach and move around. If you feel overwhelmed by the bus and traffic, use the subway. The two best subway stops to get to Monti are Colosseo and Cavour. The area is very popular with visitors, especially in the streets closer to the Colosseum, and with tourists come scams and pickpockets. Remember to never leave your belongings unattended (even when sitting at a restaurant), and don't accept anything from strangers, no matter how friendly they may sound.
What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Monti?
Kids will love a gladiator tour of the Colosseum. It's a fun learning experience for the entire family. Make sure to also take them on a stroll and find a gelateria where they can enjoy a scoop or two of gelato. Finally, take them to the Parco del Colle Oppio to stretch their legs, run around, and meet other children. It's right in front of the Colosseum, so you can enjoy the views as they play.
What is the best thing to do in Monti for solo travelers?
There are plenty of things to do in Monti for solo travelers. Stop by one of the many cafes to enjoy a coffee, then spend time browsing the many independent boutiques. Mingle with the crowds and go get a drink at Ai Tre Scalini, where you are bound to meet other likeminded travelers.
What is the best thing to do in Monti for couples?
Monti is actually the best place to stay in Rome for couples. Many hotels in the area offer stunning views of the Colosseum, whether it is from a terrace or from the room. If you want to splurge, opt for a romantic dinner with a view at Aroma or book a table at The Court, Palazzo Manfredi Hotel's cocktail bar.
What are some fun facts/history behind neighborhood Monti?
While today Monti is all polish and charm, in the past, part of it was known as "Suburra," literally "disreputable place." The area was also quite unsanitary as this was where water from Rome's largest sewage pipe (known as Cloaca Maxima) would be collected.