This is a little photo essay about one of my favorite neighborhoods in Rome, the Rione Monti. Stretching from the Forum across the Esquiline and Viminal hills, the neighborhood of Monti has an ancient legacy and charm to spare. As old as the Eternal City itself, Rome’s first rione was the birthplace of Julius Caesar and has thrived over millennia as a vibrant center of Roman culture. Despite its proximity to the Forum, Monti remains a hidden gem in the heart of the city, its quiet, vine-draped streets overlooked by hasty tourists. Yet for Romans, Monti is the beloved home to the best bistros, the hippest wine bars, the coolest indie boutiques, and unbeatable people-watching.
I’d love to write more about Monti in a future post, but for now here are some photos of the neighborhood that I’ve accumulated over the last six weeks or so.