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Neighborhoods of Rome: part one

Making a list of Rome’s neighborhoods takes some time. In fact, everyone knows the historical greatness of Rome. Its territorial expansion, on the other hand, would surprise any tourist. From the administrative point of view the city is divided into 15 municipalities, each with its own president, board and ritual council.

Finally, there are the neighborhoods of Rome. They represent the second toponymic subdivision and there are 35 of them. Let’s discover what they are and their history.

 The Historic Center

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Let’s start strong with the unique experience of the most famous and evocative area of the capital. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rome’s historic center is full of pearls steeped in history. It would be enough to start from Piazza del Popolo with its obelisk and enjoy the “trident of the road” (Via di Ripetta, Via del Corso and Via del Babuino), which extending behind the “Twin Basilicas” reaches Piazza Venezia, passing through fixed stops of tourists such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.

 The Jewish Quarter

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The Jewish “ghetto” of Rome is a small hidden treasure, next to the Campidoglio and overlooking the Lungotevere. Considered the oldest in the West, it was built in 1555 with the requirement of residence for the Jews of the capital.

Today it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. In fact, it is possible to visit the Synagogue, a cultural reference point for the entire Jewish community, the Jewish museum, the ruins of the portico of Octavia and the Theatre of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello), as well as the unique and beautiful fountain of the Turtles.

 Trastevere

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Trastevere (“beyond the Tiber”) is perhaps the most characteristic of Rome’s neighborhoods. Its appearance nods to bohemian sensations, with its myriad of narrow alleys and intricate piazzas. Divided into two sides by Viale Trastevere, the neighborhood lives on two souls. The first, more tumultuous, is on the side of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Piazza Trilussa and the “American zone”, with a strong influx of young people. On the other side of Viale Trastevere, one breathes a quieter and more authentic Trastevere, between streets designed by cobblestones and traditional taverns.

 Monti

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It is a young and “hipster” neighborhood that coexists in harmony with the old. A neighborhood of small art galleries and wineries, good restaurants, bars and artisans, one of the favorite areas of the city for young Romans and beyond.

What was the Suburra in Roman times, with working class slums, prostitutes and pimps on the corners, is now one of the coolest neighborhoods in the capital.

 Prati

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Known for its grand boulevards, elegant buildings and modern charm, Prati has a distinct personality and style reminiscent of a Parisian neighborhood. The district’s main attraction is the large shopping street little known to tourists, Via Cola di Rienzo, lined with international and Italian haute couture stores.

 Monteverde

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Monteverde is one of Rome’s districts in which to seek refuge from the hectic daily life of the city. Its shady streets and slow pace make it one of the quietest neighborhoods in the capital. It is located behind the Gianicolo and its urbanization was carried out in the early twentieth century, with the construction of elegant villas that today are part of what is called Monteverde Vecchio.

 Testaccio

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Together with Trastevere, it is the heart of Rome among all the districts of Rome. At the beginning of the second century B.C. the Testaccio area was chosen as the site of the river port Emporium, a landing place for foodstuffs and goods. Olive oil, cereals and other essential foodstuffs arrived in terracotta amphorae and, once emptied of their contents, were disposed of in an open dump. The result of millions of stacked amphorae is precisely the Monte dei Cocci, still present and open to visitors. Centuries later, Testaccio was home to Europe’s largest slaughterhouse (now a museum and event venue) and housed the first stadium of the city’s most beloved soccer team, AS Roma.

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