Nearby Sites and Monuments
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic spots in Rome, the Gianicolo (Janiculum) hill is located on one side right behind Trastevere and borders on the other with the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Up here the sight is amazing : stone ceilings, ancient ruins, the baroque cupolas of the Eternal City, until the hills outside of Rome, all are visible from up above on clear days.
For art lovers we recommend a visit to the monastery of San Pietro in Montorio and the « Tempietto », one of the architectural treasures of the roman Renaissance, designed by the artist Bramante in the early Sixteenth century. If you have a soft spot on greenery, the historical Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens) boasts over 8000 different species of plants and trees, some rare and exotic, and is a definitive must-see for it is set on the Trastevere slope of the Gianicolo in a secluded, idyllic location.
Gianicolo has also been a key point for italian history: every day, near the equestrian statue of our national hero Garibaldi, a cannon fires at 12pm o’clock, in remembrance of those who lost their lives defending the Roman Republic, joining Garibaldi and the local resistance back in 1849.
«Monteverde» is named such for a reason. In fact, besides the trees that provide shade in the summer, two of Rome’s historical parks are in the area. Villa Sciarra is just around the corner, it’s a lovely, quiet place to walk or jog, especially in the evening or early in the morning.
You can’t miss Villa Doria Pamphilj, just a few steps away from the Guesthouse. It’s the largest public park in Rome : with its 180 hectares (445 acres) of meadows, woods and hills, it’s the perfect place to have a picnic, ride a bike or simply relax in the green. The Villa owes its name to one of the most powerful families of the Eternal City back in the Seventeenth century, the noble family of the Pamphilj : hence the work of art that decorates the precious buildings and the fountains, created by the major artists of the time, such as Alessandro Algardi and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Some practical info
- Walking /Public Transportation: the most celebrated sites of Rome are a bus ride away : 75, 44 (stopping about 200 mts away from the Guesthouse) go to Colosseo, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Termini train station, etc., while to Trastevere, St. Peter’s and the Vatican, the Sunday market in Porta Portese you might also take a walk (around 20 minutes) or take the 8 tram (500 mts away). A taxi station is located about 200 meters from the Guesthouse.
- Roma Pass : we do recommend it, for it offers fair reductions on museum and transportation tickets Roma Pass
- For your security : Monteverde Vecchio is a decidedly a safe neighbourhood, walking around or coming back home at late evening or night doesn’t present any particular threat.
- Eating nearby: around here you’ll find a good number of nice restaurants and bars -some founded back in the Twenties, some dating back to decades ago- all of them sharing the familiar and relaxed vibe of the neighbourhood. Traditional and regional cuisine, with a lovely sicilian restaurant and some top places to eat fish, a traditional Thai restaurant, some lovely pizzerias and a couple of bars to have « aperitivo » or indulge your sweet tooth are located in the area. We’ll give you all the names