Monti is considered to be one of the most vibrant and unique Roman neighborhoods out of all. The Eternal city is believed to be composed of several districts or neighborhoods. To be precise, there are 22 districts (or rioni) in Rome. In Monti, tourists are able to take advantage of both the proximity of historical sites and great deal of places to spend the unforgettable Roman night in.
The area of Monti has been densely populated during the ancient times. As we can observe from the numerous remains of ancient constructions located on district’s territory, it was an epicenter of social and political live of Romans. Soon after, in the middle ages, the district of Monti gained a reputation of the place that was not suitable for living. This is due to the fact, of Monti mostly being located on a hill. Hence, the name in Italian literally translates into the mountains. With the fall of the Roman Empire, aqueducts that used to supply water to the hill became heavily damaged. Thus, it resulted in considerable decrease of the district’s inhabitants.
The neighborhood then regained its previous appearance as Rome became the capital of the united Italy. Under the fascist regime (1924-1936), many of the old constructions has been destroyed, thus paving the way for the all-famous Via dei Fori Imperiali (street that divides Roman forums) and initiating major excavation works that gained the district its present status.
Following is the list of places to visit in Monti:
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Perhaps, the first thing that tourists around the world closely associate with Rome, and Italy in general, is Colosseum. This mighty ancient structure fascinates architects and inspires artists till these days. Colosseum is also known also under the name of Flavian Amphitheatre (Amphitheatrum Flavium). One can spend years till finally getting acquainted with the history of this great Roman monument. However, here is the brief history of most visited Roman sight.
The construction of Colosseum dates back to 70 – 80AD. Build under the commission of the Emperor Vespasian, Colosseum was aimed to outshine all the architectural excesses of Vespasian’s predecessor – emperor Nero, who embezzled all state treasury constructed Domus Aureus (Golden House).
The building housed from 50 to 80 thousand spectators, having an average of 65 thousand visitors. The “repertoire ” of the Colosseum consisted of gladiatorial fights involving wild animals, executions, recreations of historical battles and even theatrical performances based on ancient myths.
Today, the Colosseum has become one of the most famous sights of Rome. Every day the ancient Roman amphitheater and its surroundings are visited by thousands of tourists, and the annual flow of visitors constitutes several million.
The next recommended place to visit is Trajan’s market. Don’t be fooled by its name, this is not an actual market, but remains of one existed during the Ancient Rome times. This market is a part of a larger museum complex – Museo dei Fori Imperiali that is open for visit.
The market is considered to be the world’s oldest shopping mall and its construction dates back to 100-110AD
During the middle ages, its construction was expanded by the addition of floor levels and defensive elements. The latter still can be seen in the building of military tower – Torre delle Milizie.
After having spent time admiring the Colosseum and close located Roman Forum, you can take a sit on the steps of the fountain that is located in the center of the square and enjoy a cup of gelato or order an aperitivo in the numerous restaurants located close by, thus feeling yourself becoming a true Roman, though only for a night.
Food experience is one of the most significant during your stay in Rome. Here’s the list of recommendations on where to eat in Monti:
La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is casual, traditional restaurant, renowned for classic & creative home-cooked pasta & grill dishes. They offer one of the best Roman typical dishes, linking it with modern plates, that Alessio, the chef, cook with passion.
Ai Tre Scalini exists since 1895. It is an ancient winery founded in the end of ‘800 in the heart of the historical Rione Monti in Rome. All dishes are prepared with care, to satisfy even the most difficult palates.
Trieste Pizza offers high quality pizza in the center of Rome. You should definitely try their pizza Margherita or pizza con funghi (with mushrooms). Their wholemeal dough is made of Italian Organic Certificated flour.
Author: Kate Zusmann
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