Rome is still in many ways a village. Stroll in the neighborhoods of Monti and Trastevere to really get a feel for daily life. Leave the main drags and wander into laundry-strewn courtyards and spot ivy covered palazzos.
In Trastevere on the other side of the Tiber river from the historic center, walk the tiny cobblestoned streets and hunt for traditional bakeries, welcoming bookstores and lively wine bars.
The Rione Monti is Rome’s first neighborhood. Once home to the gladiators that battled in the Colosseum it is now a mix of traditional casalinga shops that are stacked floor to ceiling with everything from cleaning supplies to kitchenware to chic boutiques filled with the colorful dresses and fashionable footwear. In the evening wine bars and cafes and streets fill with the cities hip and creative crowd.