Monti

An artistic niche free from tourist trappings and right in the middle of Rome.

Though its name means “mountains,” Monti is more like an island rising out of Rome’s center. Invisible walls seem to separate this neighborhood from the adjacent tourist traps that border its artsy and bohemian population. In Monti, unmoneyed intelligentsia argue politics in smoky dens, vintage clothes come from London rather than Milan, and old-time craftspeople ply their trades in the streets. Monti is underground Rome, hidden in plain sight.

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On the Map

Monti is within Roma Centro and bordered by Pigna, Sallustiano, Trevi, Campitelli, Celio, Castro Pretorio, Esquilino, and San Giovanni

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 30 minutes by Leonardo Express
Termini Station: It's walkable
The Colosseum: It's walkable
The Vatican: 30 minutes by public transit

An Artistic Village In the Heart of Rome

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Hidden from the covetous eyes of those looking for the next best hotspot, Monti tucks itself away in the middle of Rome.

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Its narrow side streets and hilly alleyways lend the neighborhood the air of a small village.

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Despite being in the touristed epicenter of Rome, you can find a table for one.

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You can also find a table for two, should you be seeking company.

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Monti's residents appreciate their neighborhood's stylish yet subdued character.

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The area doesn't find the need to boast or brag about its artsy appeal.

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Instead, Monti's residents simply enjoy their tables for two and secret spots for one.

Monti's Local Hotspot

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Piazza Madonna ai Monti looks like a few modest steps leading up to a humble fountain, but these steps and this fountain are so much more than that.

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This unassuming square is actually the center of Monti's social life.

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The piazza provides residents with the same small-village feel Rome grew up with.

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It serves as a recognizable meeting place and daily gathering space for friends, locals, lunchers, and artists.

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Monti's Bohemian Shopping and Dining Options

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Monti locals share an affinity for bohemian stylings.

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From the handmade to the high-end, Monti's boutique offerings include one-of-a-kind artifacts, clothing, and jewelry.

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Monti's taste for the eclectic, eccentric, and unique doesn't end at needles and thread.

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Its dining options reflect its smartly stylish aesthetic, too.

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Cocktails are concocted with astute skill and sleek interiors are made from repurposed exteriors.

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Boutique cafes share the sidewalk with boutique clothiers. In Monti, the two complement one another.

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Come to Monti and bring a friend.

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There's a pair of chairs with your names on it.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Pauline Boldt is a freelance photographer and creative director who works globally. She takes pictures of where she is and what is around her. While spending two weeks in Rome photographing for Airbnb, she loved getting to know the historic city intimately. Pauline's current work can be found on her internationally featured blog, 26mertonroad.com.

Pauline Boldt

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Marco Giarracca lives in Rome and works around the world. After four years studying music he took up photography in 2001. His work mainly focuses on interiors, architecture, food, still-life, and portraits. When he’s not working he loves good food, hiking, climbing, traveling, and meeting new people. He was delighted to photograph his beautiful home city for Airbnb.

Marco Giarracca

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