A day in Monti

It’s cool thanks to its picturesque alleys, small shops and ancient buidings. It’s trendy thanks to its bars, restaurants and pubs. The Monti neighborhood is one of the most beautiful districts of Rome. It’s close to Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, it contains within itself an authentic atmosphere and that brightness of the Eternal City, it’s perfect to explore the Roman nightlife. This is why some of our holiday apartments are located here.

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(Credits: @alessiacarosi)

Rione Monti is full of life, both during the day and at night. You can go shopping in via Cavour or via Nazionale, where you can find many kinds of shops.  The famous Mercato Urbano di Monti -on Saturdays&Sundays, for vintage clothes and accessories-is located there. You can have a walk in the tiny and lovely via Urbana and try one of Grezzo’s delicacies. And then you can take a picture at the nice Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, where a lot of people use to sit and chat, before having dinner in one of the restaurants or pizzerias located in the heart of this district: via dei Serpenti, via Panisperna or via del Boschetto.

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Piazza della Madonna dei Monti (Credits: @bonjourwhite-Instagram)

The Monti neighborhood has beautiful churches and artworks. Santa Maria Maggiore is at the end of via Panisperna and is one of the most stunning basilicas in Rome, that you can admire starting from its facade. You can’t miss San Pietro in Vincoli, the church which since 1545 has hosted a masterpiece: Michelangelo’s Moses. We suggest to reach this church climbing the “Salita dei Borgia” staircase, which connects via Cavour to San Pietro in Vincoli and it’s really peculiar.

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Salita dei Borgia (Credits: @sasiyx-Instagram)

Breath the essence of the Eternal City, take a lot of photos and discover how wonderful holidays can be is when you are surrounded by beauty, history, culture and Italian lifestyle!

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5 tips for food and drink in Rome

If you chose Rome and Italy for your holidays, you probably did it also for its food and drink. Roman cuisine can seduce your palate and even your heart.

Here you find 5 top tips to enjoy Rome’s foodie scene at its most.

 

Try the famous gelato

Italy has the best gelato in the world and Rome has a lot of famous and good gelaterie (ice-cream parlours) like Giolitti (close to via del Corso) and Gelateria del Teatro (close to Castel Sant’Angelo). Walking around the Eternal City with a good artisanal ice-cream is a must.

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Go to a “panetteria”

When in Rome, search for a “panetteria” or “forno” (bakery). You can find them almost everywhere. Don’t miss the great opportunity to try some of its delicacies: different kinds of bread, pizza, cakes and biscuits. You will be spoilt for choice and you will eat something that Italians bring to their table everyday.

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Don’t miss the fabolous aperitivo

Have you ever heard about the Italian aperitivo? It’s the event not to be missed when in Rome. In many bars and pubs you can have a drink -cocktails, wine or beer-  together with pasta, pizza, sandwiches or finger food starting from 6 pm until about 9 pm. It’s trendy and really cool.

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Credits: @route66barroma

 

Cappuccino and cornetto for breakfast

Forget eggs and bacon. If you want to feel like a local, ask for a cappuccino and a cornetto for breakfast. Ask for an espresso after lunch and taste a good liquor at the end of your dinner. Please don’t have a cappuccino during your lunch: Romans never do it!

Credits: @azzurra_ciba-Instagram

 

Eat like a local

Roman cuisine is known as “the food of people”: all its dishes tell a story and they’re delicious. You must try them because their flavours are simply unique. Starters, First and second courses, desserts: get ready for a food experience you’ll probably miss!

Cacio e pepe (Credits:@paulinevergara-Instagram)

 

The Garden of Ninfa, where history meets nature

The Garden of Ninfa is a place that looks like it’s been taken out of a fairy-tale. An amazing park that tells the story of a ghost city and a noble family who decided to bring it to life.

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Ninfa was once a prosperous town on the Appian Way, property of the Caetani family: in the XIV century it was probably populated by 2000 people. Its names comes from the little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period built in this area, at the foot of the Lepini Hills. There were various churches-Santa Maria Maggiore was the primary one- mills and bridges, a castle and a town hall. It was defended by a double-walled fortification. The town was destroyed in 1382 due to politics and family events. It remained abandoned until the 20th century, when the estate was renovated and the garden was transformed by Gelasio Caetani.

Ninfa is now an English-style romantic garden with a river and a lake, where ruins and nature coexist harmoniously. There are trees and plants, which come from all over the world, together with ancient contrunctions, that show how the city used to be. It’s an open-air museum and a magic place surrounded by mountains and at about 20 kilometers from the sea.

Garden of Ninfa

Ninfa is located in the province of Latina, at 80 kilometers from Rome, and it is definitely worth a visit: it’s an experience you won’t forget. There’s a really strange atmosphere there: you can listen to nature and enjoy its beauty and sounds. If you have time, you can also visit the 17th-century “Hortus conclusus”, an Italian- style garden a the end of the Garden of Ninfa route, and the nearby towns Norma and Sermoneta.

Garden of Ninfa

The site is run by the Italian Foundation Roffredo Caetani and it is open to the public at set times from April to November.  Visitors are accompanied by a guide and entrance tickets must be purchased online. Don’t miss this jewel of Italy’s history and magnificence.

Meraviglia e terrore: è il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo

Un luogo suggestivo, che racchiude volti spaventosi e animali mitologici, e che racconta una storia di terrore e meraviglia. Il Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo, conosciuto anche come Parco dei Mostri, si trova a circa un’ora di macchina da Roma, nella provincia di Viterbo, ed è assolutamente unico nel suo genere.

Creato nel 1552 dal Principe Vicino Orsini e dall’architetto Pirro Ligorio, questo giardino incantato è un labirinto di simboli che non segue un ordine logico, ma intende sorprendere, stupire o spaventare i suoi visitatori. Fortemente voluto dal Principe- che decise di dedicarlo a sua moglie Giulia Farnese- divenne uno dei più importanti e apprezzati dell’epoca. Dopo la sua morte fu però abbandonato: riscoperto dopo secoli e rivalutato da intellettuali del calibro di Goethe, Salvador Dalì e Mario Praz, nella seconda metà del Novecento venne restaurato e poi aperto al pubblico.

Circondati da alberi e piante, le sculture si ergono maestose: all’ingresso del parco, e probabilmente a custodirlo, troviamo due sfingi di ispirazione classica ed egizia. A poca distanza il primo “mostro”: un mascherone con la bocca aperta. È Proteo Glauco.

Proteo Glauco

Il percorso continua tra i due giganti– la statua più grande del Bosco Sacro-, la tartaruga e la balena che affiora dalla terra, la fontana da cui emerge Pegaso. E poi ancora la casa pendente– straordinaria-, l’elefante che porta su di sé una torre e un legionario, un drago impegnato in una lotta. E che dire poi di Echidna, la donna con due code di serpente al posto delle gambe e Furia, la donna con ali e coda di drago?

La casa pendente

 

L’orrore è sempre in agguato e qui prende le sembianze di un orco con la bocca spalancata, la figura più famosa dell’intero Giardino, che sembra quasi voler divorare le sue prede.  Grazie ad alcuni scalini è possibile entrare al suo interno (risulta in realtà una piccola stanza scavata nel tufo): un’esperienza sicuramente da provare.

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L’orco

Probabilmente nel corso degli anni alcune sculture sono andate perse e ancora oggi alcune hanno delle parti poco riconoscibili: misteriosi sono rimasti anche i criteri di realizzazione dell’intero giardino, che gli studiosi non sono riusciti a spiegare. Tutti questi particolari, uniti alle originali statue, fanno del Parco dei Mostri un piccolo gioiello che emoziona e colpisce. Un posto da visitare per trascorrere qualche ora circondati dalla natura, immaginando che le sculture possano prendere vita al calare della notte, rendendo onore a chi le ha ideate e tramandate.   

La tartaruga