Monti, a chest full of hidden gems (in Italian & English)
In the Ancient Rome Monti’s name was Suburra (from the Latin sub urbs, i.e. "on the fringes of the city"), a crowded district nestled right up against the Empire's centre of power, and divided from it by a long wall, designed to protect the Forum from the regular fires that would break out in a district colonised by craftsmen, chancers and sex workers.
Its enormous historical and artistic background makes this “rione” almost a small city of its own in the heart of the larger urban area. Monti's inhabitants, very proud of their status, traditionally claim to be 'more genuinely roman' than those of any other district; in the old days they even used to speak a particular variety of Rome's dialect, called Monticiano, which today is no longer heard.
During the visit, apart from the several gems it houses (i.e. the Michelangelo's Moses), we will talk about the history of Monti, from ancient Rome, when it was the most disreputable part of the city, to the fascist rage (that razed to the ground a part of it but, at least, unearthed several remains of the Fora).
Monti, among the other things, is also the district housing the so called Militia tower, from which, it is said, the Emperor Nero enjoyed the great fire of Rome of 64 AC, while playing his lyre.
For those who want, at the end of the visit we can have an Aperitivo in one of the many venues in Monti (in case you don't know it, nowadays this "rione" is one of the most trendy places for night life !)
Hope you will enjoy it !