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City guide: Rome

City guide: Rome

If all roads lead to Rome, it may be because the Italian capital, in constant evolution, regularly offers to the curious new artistic discoveries, new places to go out, and where to surrender to the Italian charm. You must obviously discover its sumptuous emblematic monuments such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and live to the rhythm of the Dolce Vita to embrace Rome. But the city, for a few years, invites to take a step aside to discover the secret of well-kept, less known districts. It inspires to look differently and reveals new facets of itself.

Macro Testaccio

Gabrielle Ménoni The Museum of Contemporary Art in the capital opened an extension ten years ago in the Testaccio district, a district undergoing a cultural and architectural revolution. The MACRO Testaccio then settles in the walls of an old slaughterhouse built and thought out as an industrial and monumental work of the end of the XIXth century. It allows you to discover a district that reveals great artistic and cultural wealth, the most fashionable spot for going out in the evening.

The Anticafé of San Giovanni

Gabrielle Ménoni In recent years, Italians have witnessed, like their European neighbors, a real transformation in working methods. More and more freelancers are working on their own: designers, graphic designers, journalists and new places are emerging to welcome them. L'Anticafé de Rome, a trademark first registered in Paris, is located in the San Giovanni district, 10 minutes by tram from the Coliseum. With its neat and warm design, mottled chairs and tables, it welcomes nomadic workers or simply those who wish to take a break and taste with a great wifi connection.

The vintage shops of Via del Pellegrino

Gabrielle Ménoni There are still some discoveries to be made in the historic center of the city, in particular in Via del Pellegrino, a street often taken quickly to get to Campo Di Fiori. However, if we take the time to slow down, we discover in the middle of the historic goldsmiths of this lane, treasure hunters! For more than twenty years, Alain, installed in Rome, has found the best of vintage furniture which he exhibits in his elegant and no less vintage boutique.

Ostiense e street art

Gabrielle Ménoni In a few years, this slightly outlying district has come to life again, since it has turned into a veritable wasteland and in a few years has become an open-air fresco. The walls of this forgotten area of ‚Äč‚Äčtourist guides have allowed themselves to be clothed in the gigantic works of artists from around the world, thus rehabilitating through art and colors a popular district previously isolated. Blu, an artist from Bologna, completely covered one of the buildings on the Via del Porto Fluviale.

The Testaccio Sheep

Gabrielle Ménoni The art to attract attention, adjoining the Ostiense district, is that of authentic and wild Testaccio, which, to be better tamed, lets itself be painted. Where the Belgian artist ROA left his mark and his "Lupa" to protect the inhabitants of the district. Testaccio is nothing like the historic center, less chic, you have to risk it, but free and uninhibited, far from tourists, this part of the city brings together students from the Academy of Fine Arts installed in the old slaughterhouses, numerous cafes and trattories, the works of graffiti artists from around the world, a museum, a market hall.

Cri-lla and the craftsmen of the Monti district

Gabrielle Ménoni In the Rione Monti, bohemian and poetic, there are many craftsmen: ironworkers, carpenters whose workshops overlook the street. They rub shoulders with vintage thrift stores and atypical cafes. At the bend of one of the cobbled alleys, the Cri-lla boutique is unveiled, run by Cristina and Raffaella, both keen on decoration and architecture, who in their boutique revive ancestral decoration techniques such as roller painting. decorative, or the creation of artisanal cement tiles. What make you want to renovate all your accommodation!

The National Gallery of Modern Art

Gabrielle Ménoni The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, located in Villa Borghese is a place that wakes up after a long period of renovation. It should be visited for its collection of contemporary works but also for the place, in itself, whose monumental entrance has been completely redesigned by the Spanish designer Martì Guixè. A real dusting for a museum fallen into disuse, a beautiful escape before strolling in the Borghese gardens.

Quartiere Coppedè

Gabrielle Ménoni It is the district cherished by lovers of the Italian Liberty style, located north of the historic center of Rome and entirely imagined by the eclectic architect Gino Coppedè who also gave it its name. It is a bewitching neighborhood, an architectural gem, which leaves no one indifferent and yet forgotten by tourist guides. Built in the full fascist era, Coppedè fascinates with the audacity of the architect who imagined 26 buildings and 17 villas in an abundance of decorations inspired by Art Nouveau, Gothic, Baroque, around the tiny Piazza Mincio and its Fountain frogs.

Have a drink on the Roof Garden of the Grand Hotel Minerve

Gabrielle Ménoni A stone's throw from the Pantheon is a magical yet little-known place, the roof of the Grand Hotel de la Minerve, a sumptuous seventeenth-century palace transformed into a 5-star hotel. If the rooms of this hotel are not accessible to all budgets, its roof terrace is much easier to access. Eating breakfast on the rooftops of Rome when it wakes up, observing the city at 360 ° is a haven of peace in the heart of Roman life. In the evening, in summer, this roof garden becomes magical and dominates the city and its lights.