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Top Choice Bakery in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Panella

Pure heaven for foodies, this enticing bakery is littered with well-used trays of freshly baked pastries loaded with confectioner's custard, wild-cherry fruit tartlets, pizza al taglio, arancini and focaccia – the s…
Top Choice Basilica in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

One of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas, this monumental 5th-century church stands on Esquiline Hill's summit, on the spot where snow is said to have miraculously fallen in the summer of AD 358. To commemorate the …
Top Choice Museum in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

One of Rome's great unheralded museums, this is a fabulous treasure trove of classical art. The ground and 1st floors are devoted to sculpture with some breathtaking pieces – check out the Pugile (Boxer), a 2nd-cent…
Top Choice Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Gatsby Café

There's good reason why the friendly bartenders here all wear flat caps, feather-trimmed trilbys and other traditional gents' hats: this fabulous 1950s-styled space with vintage furniture and flashes of geometric wa…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Il Sorì

Every last salami slice and chunk of cheese has been carefully selected from Italy's finest artisanal and small producers at this gourmet wine bar and bottega (shop), an unexpected pearl for dedicated foodies in San…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Spirito

A fashionable address only for those in the know, Spirito is spirited away behind a simple white door at the back of a sandwich shop in edgy Pigneto. This New Yorker Prohibition–style speakeasy has expertly mixed cr…
Top Choice Italian in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Antonello Colonna Open

Spectacularly set at the back of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, super-chef Antonello Colonna’s Michelin-starred restaurant lounges dramatically under a dazzling all-glass roof. Cuisine is new Roman – innovative takes on…
Top Choice Italian in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Said

Housed in an early 1920s chocolate factory, this hybrid cafe-bar, restaurant and boutique is San Lorenzo’s coolest hipster haunt. Its Japanese pink-tea pralines, indulged in with a coffee or bought to take home, are…
Top Choice Cafe in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

La Casetta a Monti

Delicious cakes, pastries and the finest chocolate salami in town is the name of the game at this ubercute cafe, doll's house in size, run with love and passion by Eugenio and Alessandro. Find the cafe, all fresh an…
Top Choice Cafe in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Necci dal 1924

An all-round hybrid in edgy Pigneto, iconic Necci opened as a gelateria in 1924 and later became a favourite of film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. These days, with English chef and owner Ben Hirst at its helm, Necci…