Lady's Rome Explorations

A walk in Rione Monti with Lady

Rione Monti
Rione Monti

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.

Piazza Madonna dei Monti
Piazza Madonna dei Monti

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.

Piazza Madonna dei Monti
Piazza Madonna dei Monti

If it’s time for an aperitivo, I sit at La bottega del caffè enjoying the songs of a menestrello romano.

Via Cimarra, Rione Monti
Via Cimarra, Rione Monti

Then I wander in the narrow alleys, covered with sanpietrini, the Roman cobblestones.

Rione Monti, Via Panisperna
Rione Monti, Via Panisperna

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.

Rione Monti, Via della Madonna dei Monti
Rione Monti, Via della Madonna dei Monti

Then I continue to walk finding every time something new.

Rione Monti, Via della Madonna dei Monti
Rione Monti, Via della Madonna dei Monti
Rione Monti
Rione Monti

Sometimes I notice the arrival of Summer when the leaves start to grow on the buildings.

Francesco Totti mural
Francesco Totti mural

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.

La Casetta, Rione Monti
La Casetta, Rione Monti

I love to pass by or have a brunch at La Casetta, a bar where you can feel like in a fairytale.

MONTI-ingresso-palazzo

Then I peek into the courtyards, finding little hidden gems

Rione Monti
Rione Monti

and I try to understand the writings on the wall

Rione Monti, Via dei Serpenti
Rione Monti, Via dei Serpenti

What do you like the most while in Rione Monti?

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