National Geographic Traveller (UK)
All cities have layers, but few can claim to be as stratified as Rome. Civilisations that have taken root here over millennia seem to jostle for prominence at every turn — medieval streets constructed above Etruscan sewers, Roman columns repurposed by Renaissance architects, baroque churches consecrated on top of ancient tombs, 1950s flats built upon the remains of palatial villas…
Part of Rome’s magic is the way in which it honours its icons, like the Colosseum and the Pantheon. But rather than simply dining out on its past and preserving the city in aspic, the Eternal City refuses to stand still. Part of its unique appeal as a modern metropolis is the way its ancient lineage is woven into the narrative of the present, unfolding across its patchwork of spirited neighbourhoods.
In Testaccio, the menu of a traditional Roman trattoria oers a concentrated history of the city, while amid Trastevere’s vast flea market and venerable pizzerias you’ll find a modern art gallery in a crumbling church. Elsewhere, fashion-forward Monti has come into its own, while a regenerated Pigneto is now the coolest district in town.
This issue, we weave our way through seven unmissable Roman neighbourhoods, peeling back the layers to cast new light on one of Europe’s most alluring cities.