Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

Rome: Hangin' out in the hottest 'hood' in the Eternal City

See also

Remember “the layered look” worn by Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's 1977 movie, Annie Hall? Well, it's all the rage in Rome this winter. “To fit in,” savvy execs of Rome's four Bettoja Hotels advise tourists, “bring leggings, tapered jackets, oversized sweaters and the like.”

Women's accessories such as big chain necklaces, pendants, cuff bracelets, large bags, felt hats “and of course the scharpe (scarf)” are musts for street wear, the execs say.

They offer this tip to tourists looking for non-touristy spots to hang out in: Check out Rome's Monti District, just up the hill from the Coliseum and the Forum. National Geographics' Intelligent Travel magazine calls the Monti the hottest “hood” in town.

Once the apres-games turf of gladiators, hookers and politicians, the Monti is where it's at for today's hip Romans, whether for sidewalk chats, great dining or action in the bars. (The shops have yummy cookies there, too.)

Do you like quaint, old-world plazas? If so, they'll have a tough time tearing you away from a place that could be the poster child for ancient plazas, the Fontana di Piazza della Madonna dei Monti in the heart of the district.

Among other biggies for sightseeing are the Santa Maria Maggiore (one of the city's four great papal basilicas) on the east side of the Monti, and San Pietro in Vincoli (the home of Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses).

The Monti is a short walk from the Bettoja hotels: the Hotel Mediterraneo, the Massimo D'Azeglio, the Atlantico and the Nord Nuova Rome. Travelers who have questions about Rome or need a few more tips about the city are invited to post queries on Bettoja's Facebook page.

The upscale Bettojas are the oldest and among the largest of the family-owned hotel groups in Italy.



  • Corned beef
    Find out how to prepare a classic corned beef recipe in a slow cooker
    Slow Cooker Tips
  • Left handed eating
    Find out why you should never eat with your left hand
    Wives Tale
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Natural solutions
    Natural beauty: All natural solutions to life's little beauty headaches
    Natural Solutions
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!