The area around Esquilino, one of Rome’s seven hills, is the city’s most multi-ethnic district. Esquilino itself might still be rough around the edges compared to hip Monti, but a renovation of the modernist Termini station has helped turn around its fortunes.
Monti, on the other hand, is Central Rome’s secret urban village … it was a district colonised by craftsmen, chancers and sex workers now its ochre-washed houses on cobblestone lanes are prime real estate for the well healed creative types.
But despite the gentrification, Monti has retained its bohemian edge and is home to gourmet street food and alfresco coffee culture.
This area is definitely worth a visit
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