Monti

Not long ago, an Italian friend suggested a night out in Monti, an area of Rome I’d never heard of. She assured me it was the latest uber-cool place to hang out and crammed with vintage clothes stores and trendy eateries.

The nearest metro station is Cavour, on Line B. The stop is easy to miss as you speed from Stazioni Termini to one of Rome’s better-known locations, but you are missing a treat if you don’t give this area a try.

The central hub of the rione or neighbourhood of Monti is Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, which seems to turn into one big open-air bar at the aperitivo hour.

I’ve never seen so many good quality vintage clothes shops in one small area. Start your hunt at Via del Boschetto and dive off into the neighbouring streets. The Mercato Monti Urban Market, located at Via Leonina 46, is packed with interesting stalls.

The hipster Machete Barber Shop at Via degli Zingari 18, tells you all you need to know about the neighbourhood’s denizens.

When you’ve wandered and shopped to your heart’s content, flop down and enjoy an aperitivo at one of the area’s many watering holes.