"Monti" is the most ancient quarters in Rome, as it is the district around the Roman Forum and Trajan's market,.
It was initially the merchants' quarter. It later became an institutional area, where emperors would built their residences.
Emperor Nero built here his famous Golden Home, or Domus Aurea.
The quarter is nested between the Coliseum (Roman Forum), Piazza Venezia (Capitol Hill), Via Nazionale and the St. Mary Major basilica (on top of the Esquiline hill), and finally the Quirinale Hill (the palace of the Popes, presently of the President of the Republic).
The quarter owes its name as it located hence between several of Rome's hills ("Monti" in Italian means Mounts). It is endowed with beautiful churches, like St. Peter's in Chain or San Pietro in Vincoli, and with characteristic streets and piazzas.
The quarter, very centrally located, has great character. Its people are very friendly, and have at the same time great personality. There are many art shops, craftsmen, cozy restaurants and cafes. There are many charming zones secluded from car traffic. It is packed with art and history, yet it is very enjoyable and also has a "bohemian" look.
St. Peter lived in this area during his stay in Rome, before being executed.
To visit the immediately adjacent quarters, click on these addresses:
- The Pantheon quarter
- The Piazza Navona - Via della Pace quarter
- The Piazza Navona - Campo de' Fiori quarter
- The Jewish quarter
- The Trevi Fountain-Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna quarter)
- The Trastevere quarter
- The Roman Forum
- The Vatican quarter
- The Janiculum