Monti

As the hill starts to slope downward from Termini station, right around Santa Maria Maggiore, the streets become cobblestone, the palazzos prettier, and the boutiques higher-end. This is the area known as Monti, the oldest rione in Rome. Gladiators, prostitutes, and even Caesar made their homes in this area that stretches from Santa Maria Maggiore down to the Forum. Today, Monti is one of the best-loved neighborhoods in Rome, known for its appealing mix of medieval streets, old-school trattorias, and hip boutiques.

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Santa Prassede

This small, inconspicuous 9th-century church is known above all for the exquisite Cappella di San Zenone, just to the left…

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Santa Pudenziana

Apart from Ravenna, Rome has some of the most opulent mosaics in Italy, and this church has one of the…

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San Pietro in Vincoli

Michelangelo's Moses, carved in the early 16th century for the never-completed tomb of Pope Julius II, has put this church…

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