When I want to feel as if in a little village of Italy, I take a walk to Rione Monti.
Just a few steps from Colosseum and Via Nazionale, Rione Monti is the first ward of Rome and, apparently, the coolest.
My favourite thing to do when I’m in the neighbourhood is to stop at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, the very centre of the neighbourhood. Sometimes I sit around the fountain for a chat with a friend.
If it’s time for an aperitivo, I sit at La bottega del caffè enjoying the songs of a menestrello romano.
Then I wander in the narrow alleys, covered with sanpietrini, the Roman cobblestones.
I reach Via Panisperna, a street made famous by the Via Panisperna Boys, a group of young scientists led by Enrico Fermi. Once the Physics Institute of University of Rome La Sapienza was in Via Panisperna and this was the place where the young scientists in 1934 discovered the slow neutrons, the first step for the construction of the first atomic bomb.
Then I continue to walk finding every time something new.
Sometimes I notice the arrival of Summer when the leaves start to grow on the buildings.
The other day I came across this Francesco Totti’s mural. After his final match with A.S. Roma, his fans have started to leave signs of affection in every neighbourhood of Rome.
I love to pass by or have a brunch at La Casetta, a bar where you can feel like in a fairytale.
Then I peek into the courtyards, finding little hidden gems
and I try to understand the writings on the wall
What do you like the most while in Rione Monti?