We all know that Rome is renowned for its iconic landmarks. From the Vatican to the Colosseum, some parts of the Eternal City are recognisable in a micro instant. And while a vast number of visitors understandably prioritise these parts of the city, there are many who would rather devote time to exploring its scenic local neighbourhoods.
Just as some believe a city’s essence is firmly rooted in its history, others find it in its everyday culture; wandering its residential areas, taking in the local scene, and soaking up the general atmosphere.
If you fall into the latter camp, then you’ll be pleased to know that Rome is awash with idyllic neighbourhoods, all complete with their own unique stories, characters and culture!
Where do I find the most scenic neighbourhoods in Rome?
Regardless of artistic or architectural preference, Rome is, as a city, breathtaking in its aesthetic. Whether it’s the grandeur of the Vatican that captivates you or the personal touches seen in small residential areas which appeals to you, there truly is something for everyone in the Eternal City.
And while the best-known landmarks are easy to find, the same can’t always be said for the city’s most scenic neighbourhoods, and that’s where we come in. If you want to get to the roots of a Roman neighbourhood, you simply need to know where to find them!
Grab a pen and paper, and plan your perfect route through Rome’s prettiest parts.
One of the oldest residential areas in the capital, the picturesque Monti is a must-see for anyone who appreciates a bohemian atmosphere in a beautiful neighbourhood – one which boasts a variety of small, local businesses.
Known for its village-like feel, Monti’s aesthetic is about as Instagram-perfect as you’re likely to find. A short walk from the Colosseum and Centro Storico, Monti is the perfect combination of past and present; a small neighbourhood brimming with personality and teeming with interesting nooks and crannies to explore. If you want to see a side of Rome that many visitors to the city miss out on, then this is definitely the place for you.
Must-do in Monti
Do some people-watching from the fountain at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, mine the thrift stores of Monti for treasures, and meander through Trajan’s Market. But most importantly, take your time in Monti; it’s an area to amble in, not one you dash through just so you can tick it off your list!
Despite the fact it’s not far from central Rome by public transport, Quartiere Coppedè, which lies inside the Trieste district, feels ever so slightly hidden – a secret enclave of the Italian capital. And from its compact lay-out to its fantasy-like design, Quartiere Coppede is absolutely unmissable when it comes to idyllic Roman neighbourhoods.
Conceived by Florentine architect, Gino Coppedè in the early 20th century, Quartiere Coppede is peaceful in atmosphere, enchanting in aesthetic and the perfect spot for architectural buffs to take a leisurely stroll. Surprisingly, however, it isn’t actually a regular feature on the well-worn tourist track, so if you find yourself in its midst, be sure to grab your camera and take advantage! Word to the wise; this area is relatively devoid of cafes and restaurants, so be sure to begin your amble with a fully belly!
Must-do in Quartiere Coppedè
Spot the hanging chandelier, visit the Fountain of the Frogs, andtake in the famous Fairy Cottages!
If it’s scenic walks, panoramic views and more than a fleeting moment of solace you’re looking for, be sure to visit Aventine Hill during your time in the Eternal City. One of the seven hills upon which Rome was built, this peaceful quarter provides visitors to the Italian capital with a pocket of tranquility amid Rome’s hustle and bustle.
Head to the beautiful Aventine Hill area of the city for a tangible sense of history, a calming atmosphere, and picturesque surrounds. Or, in other words, take yourself out of the city centre and enjoy a little down-time in one of the prettiest areas Rome has to offer!
Must-do in Aventine Hill
Stroll through the beautiful Orange Garden, take in the heavenly scent of roses at the Roseto Comunale, and enjoy incredible views of the city through Aventine Hill’s famous ‘keyhole’.
So, what can you expect to find in Parioli? Well, first and foremost, Parioli is home to the wholly picturesque Villa Borghese park, so if it’s immersion in nature you’re looking for during your time in Rome, Parioli is the place to do it!
Considered one of the more elegant residential areas in the capital, Parioli, is also a big player in Rome’s gastronomy scene making it a foodie’s heaven. Visit the much-loved Ambasciata D’Abruzzo if you’re craving traditional Roman fare, try Zero if you’re in the mood for a fusion of Italian-Asian cuisine and splash out in Metamorfosi if it’s fine dining you want in Parioli.
However, if eating out isn’t high on your agenda, and it’s picture-perfect scenery you’re looking for, make straight for the Villa Borghese Park! The large landscaped garden is one of Rome’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, so a trip to Parioli, which is north of the city centre, is certainly worth it for those breathtaking views alone!
Must-do in Parioli
If it’s more than meals out and landscaped scenery you want to experience during your time in Villa Borghese, why not take a tour of the Borghese Gallery as well? Enjoy the works of Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio, Canova and more!
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In Prati, you’ll find more than a passing nod to the finer things in life, so if you’d like to immerse yourself in Rome’s more upscale neighbourhoods, Prati is certainly the place to do it!
Stride down its spacious tree-lined avenues, marvel at its elegant buildings which include the breathtaking Palace of Justice, choose between its array of high-end bars and restaurants and explore its selection of designer stores as you familiarise yourself with a neighbourhood which is next to no distance from Vatican City.
If, at any stage, you plan to throw caution to the wind when it comes to your budget in Rome, Prati will certainly be the place to do it! Live the high life in this beautiful upscale neighbourhood and indulge in a little (or a lot of!) retail therapy while you’re at it!
Must-do in Prati
Foodies would be well advised to check out Castroni – a traditional Italian speciality store on Via Cola di Rienzo. Enjoy a caffeine fix in the much-loved food store before opting to stroll the neighbourhood’s vast streets or browse the boutiques.
If you have a trip to Rome on the horizon, it’s very likely you will have heard of Trastevere. It’s certainly one of the most popular areas of the Italian capital, but how much do you actually know about it? What should you expect? Does it actually live up to the hype? Let’s take a look!
Trastevere is definitely a must-visit if you ever find yourself in the Eternal City! Why? Well, it delivers on almost every front! Whether it’s food, culture or scenery you’re interested in, the lively neighbourhood of Trastevere is an all-rounder, so to speak.
Must-do in Trastevere
For incredible views over the Italian capital, why not take the time to climb the beautiful Janiculum Hill? It’s worth it, believe us. Alternatively, go back in time in one of Rome’s oldest churches and admire truly stunning mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria. Or simply do as the Romans do, and chill out in one of the neighbourhoods most popular restaurants. From Da Enzo to Pizzeria Ai Marmi, you won’t be stuck for options when it comes to mouthwatering Italian cuisine.
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Put simply, in Pigneto you’ll find a hive of hipster activity, set against a backdrop of varying bars, lively restaurants and vibrant music venues! Traditionally not considered among the most appealing of Rome’s neighborhoods, Pigneto has come into its own in recent years. Indeed, it’s seen as one of the city’s main arty districts and is now home to a variety of must-visit spots.
From chilled cafes and arthouse cinemas to laidback bars and bistros, Pigneto’s mellow vibes provide a welcome respite from the hectic nature often associated with Rome’s more tourist-oriented spots. 25 minutes from the city centre, Pigneto isn’t generally thronged with tourists, and like Monti, should definitely be enjoyed at a leisurely pace!
Must-do in Pigneto:
Get a sense of the area while meandering through the via del Pigneto, take in the sights and sounds of the neighbourhood while enjoying a cocktail at the iconic Necci dal 1924 bar, or sample a few of the more exotic gelato flavours available at La Gelateria del Pigneto!
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And there you have it; a handy guide to the most scenic neighbourhoods in Rome! From Parioli to Pigneto, it’s time to explore, experience, and enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!