A Day In Monteverde: Roman Holiday

Photo of Flavia Antonelli
24 April 2017

The singular and beautiful Roman Monteverde neighborhood is located between the Gianicolo and Trastevere, outside the Aurelian walls. Being an old Roman neighborhood, Monteverde abounds with history, art, and architecture, as well as natural attractions, such as Villa Pamphili and Villa Sciarra. Here we explore all that this beautiful neighborhood has to offer.

Rome | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr

Villa Pamphili, located just outside Porta San Pancrazio, is the main attraction because of its beauty and tranquility. It was originally a private villa owned by the Pamphili family, a rich papal family of the 16th century. Nowadays, the house is the largest public villa in Rome and one of the most stunning, yet it is not as renowned as other public attractions in the capital. Numerous works of art, picturesque green boulevards and a small lake contribute to the charm of the place.

Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, Roman Landscape View | © Flavia Antonelli

Since Monteverde is a residential neighborhood, it has a lot of good restaurants, pizzerias, and gelaterias, and many nice shops of all kinds. Monteverde’s residents love to meet at one of the oldest gelaterias in Rome: Tony. Since 1965, it has always been a landmark for Monteverde’s people, especially for the quality of its gelato and its special flavors, such as bacio and nutellone, which is the authentic Nutella without cream. For anyone in Monteverde, Tony is a must stop.

Having filled your tummy at Tony, you can go for a walk and enjoy the sunset from the Gianicolo. You just have to get to the Passeggiata del Gianicolo (Gianicolo walk), and suddenly you will find the equestrian statue of Garibaldi standing in the middle of the square. You can enjoy the sunset from two different perspectives: you can either watch the sun coming down and enlightening St. Peter, or look at the whole Roman landscape with its churches and monuments colored by the evening purple light.

Equestrian Statue of Garibaldi, Piazzale Garibaldi | © Flavia Antonelli

Finally, it is time for dinner. You may want to have a typical Roman meal in a traditional inn; one of the best of Monteverde’s restaurants lie at the heart of the neighborhood: Da Settimio. You will have the chance to taste some delicious Roman dishes combining excellent quality with a very low price. The environment of the restaurant is definitely Roman: friendly waiters and good folksy atmosphere.

Hosteria da Settimio Entrance, Via di Val Tellina | © Flavia Antonelli

Your day in Monteverde cannot be over without an artisanal beer at Sottan Treno. They have a wide variety of craft beers served on tap. The bar also has a small stage where local indie rock and blues bands play: you can really experience the typical atmosphere, entertainment and relaxing pub atmosphere here. And on this soothing note, you can finally call it a day, an amazing day in Monteverde.


Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 8 am-9 pm

Sottan Treno

Address: Piazzale Dunant 67, 143 Rome, Italy, +39 349 4227912

Da Settimio

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