Monti

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This up­comer area has bags of at­mos, some great an­tiques and funkster shop­ping away from the drip-dry, leisure­suited Spagna masses. Start at Pi­azza Madonna dei Monti, home to lo­cal fave La Bottega del Caffè / 06 474 1578. With your back to the caffè, cross the pi­azza to the right cor­ner to find B at #1 / 06 4782 6335 / a shop de­voted to black n' white gal threads. Exit and skip past the foun­tain down Via Ser­penti, then pop a left into Via Leon­ina – co­coa ma­ni­acs sashay for­ward to the scar­let Bottega del Cioc­co­lato at #82 / 06 482 1473 / who serve it up liq­uid and hot, as well as in morsel sizes. A mo­ment on those hips, Babs... Fur­ther up at #25 An­ti­chita has a nosegay of chandies and vin­tage bits n' bobs, and at #42 Su­per / 06 4544 8500 / has a tiny but chip­per dis­play of T's and ca­su­als. Re­trace your way back down Leon­ina and turn right into Via dell' An­geletto (aka Boschetto) and then right again on to Via degli Zin­gari where Con­testa Rock Hair at #9 fea­tures Oz fash in a sa­lon-cum-bou­tique. Across at #61a is Ul­tra­suoni Records / 06 4745485 / with synth, elec­tro, new age n' more all on vinyl. On you go to find boho hip­sters' java joint Li­bre­ria at #36. Next up, get licky at the di­vine Fata­mor­gana (see Ge­la­te­ria) at Pi­azza degli Zin­gari. Calo­rie-tas­tic! On your left now is Via dei Capocci, home to ro­man­tic lit­tle Crostac­e­ria Ipanema at #26 / 06 482 4758, but for now, carry on down­hill and left onto Via Ur­bana (famed for its ladies of the night since the C.1st – that's a whole heap of 'hos, honey). Tod­dle along and presently on your left you'll espy at #93 the lit­tle Bar Monti caffè, Stu­dio Cas­sio – Arte di Mo­saico (see Adv. Shop.) at #98, and check out the lovely vin­tage faces at #103 L'Ar­ti­gianaio Orolo­giai / 06 474 2284. In need of re­fresh­ment? Across at #47 is funkster Ur­bana 47 (see Rest./ Re­laxed) per­fetto for brekky, lunch or aper­i­tivi, or take out at Ur­bana 47's next door Droghe­ria. Carry on to #27 for ‘artis­tic glass' at Sil­ice / 06 474 5552 / they make to or­der just about any­thing from stained glass to vit­re­ous screens. DOP next door at #25 is a con­cept store with luxe la­bels and min­i­mally-styled cloth­ing from Ja­pan, Ger­many and Italy. Across the street at #126 is Tri­col­ore Monti (see Lunch) for cook­ing cour­ses, gourmet sarnies and pic­nic bas­kets. Grezzo next at #130 ped­dles a world of raw ca­cao / 06 483 443; Moll Flan­ders at #132 / 349 217 7817 / is home to haute vin­tage cou­ture; and Aro­mati­cus at #134 / 06 488 1355 / is a gar­dener's de­light. Next up, suave Mimmo Siviglia at #14a / 348 871 0079 / has hand­tai­lored shirts. Tot­ter now to the end to find sassy Smalto on the right at #12a / 06 488 2049 – hold your ac­qua gals, it's time for fab footwear, sexy boots and cock­tails (once a week in win­ter). Turn left at the end of Ur­bana onto Via Panis­perna for the sim­ply sin­ful La Car­bonara at #214 (see Rest./Re­laxed), and funky togs at dishy Le Gallinelle Abito on your right at #61. Carry on now to the cnr of Boschetto. Choices. Zip right up to Colpo di Tacco #15a / 348 599 6939 / for more shoe-oohs; lovely rare book store La Gru at #20 / 334 901 3091; and Per­lei at #35 / 06 4891 3862 / with ar­ti­san baubles; or left down Boschetto for sparkly trin­kets at #148 Fabio Pic­cioni / 06 474 1697 / and a natty fig n' cheese sarnie at #112 Gaudeo (see Lunch).

Or, if you're drier than a car­di­nal's zuc­chetto, skip along Panis­perna to find ivy-clad Ai Tre Scalini (see Wine Bars) on the left at #251 / 06 4890 7495. This hap­pen­ing110-yearold enoteca is your re­ward for be­ing a Leggy Lovely. Or, zip back to hip Ur­bana 47 and park your lalls. Cin cin!

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