- Nomentano is a lovely neighbourhood just far enough out of the city centre to avoid Rome’s chaos, but just close enough to have easy and efficient access to Rome’s many monuments and must-see sights. As a residential area, Nomentano prides itself on clean piazzas, lovely parks and a very friendly atmosphere.
Immediately outside the north-east part of the ancient walls is Nomentano, a large area whose grid-like street planning is more manageable than other Rome neighbourhoods. The curvy Corso d’Italia road and Via Regina Margherita are the south-western edge of the area. The ancient Via Salaria is its north western mark perimeter, and a series of connected streets such as Via di Santa Costanza and Via XXI Aprile run the rounded, eastern border.
Two main streets, Via Nomentana (southwest/northeast) and Via Regina (Northwest/Southeast) Margherita, cross the area and are excellent reference points. Noteworthy and useful landmarks include Piazza Buenos Aires in the north-west corner, Villa Torlonia Park in the centre of the neighbourhood and Piazza Bologna in the south-eastern part.
Nomentano’s neighbours include: Ludovisi, Castro Pretorio and San Lorenzo to its southwest, and Pinciano/Parioli to its northwest. Posh Ludovisi and Parioli should be considered elegant older sisters, while student areas Castro Pretorio and San Lorenzo are not quite as stylish or quiet as Nomentano. Est and Sud, two large, outlying neighbourhoods, border its eastern side.
Know your neighbours
Much like Appia Nuova, Nomentano is a vibrant, residential neighbourhood with local-owned shops, businesses, and cafés as well as parks and schools. Since it is heavily trafficked with local business, it is the ideal neighbourhood to get to know Romans. You will have many opportunities to practice basic Italian language phrases such “Dov’è la fermata per l’autobus?” (Where is the bus stop?). And at any time of day, you will meet up with Nomentano’s residents so a pleasant Buongiorno (or buona sera if it’s after 1pm) is always well received.
Shops run throughout the Nomentano neighbourhood, however there are several major roads that have a great selection of boutiques from home goods and food stores to clothing, gifts and entertainment. Via Nomentana, Via Salaria and Via Regina Margherita are the go-to major shopping streets. The long Via Salaria tends to be more congested with shops, cars, scooters and people. However, the north-western part of Via Salaria has several cute clothing boutiques and delicious pastry shops.
Via Regina Margherita is a wider (and more breathable) boulevard with similar shops to Via del Corso; likewise Via Nomentana has the same selection. There are also several shops and large department stores at Piazza Fiume and Piazza Bologna.
Nomentano is well connected to the city via bus, tram and even metro to all areas of Rome. Its two major bus hubs are Piazza Fiume (west) and Piazza Bologna (east). Buses including 53, 62, 80, 90, 360, 490, 491 and 495 connect the neighbourhood with areas such as Borgo Pio, Centro, Prati, Ludovi, Pinciano (Villa Borghese), Auditorium, Olympic Stadium, Esquilino, Monti and Termini and Tiburtina stations. Trams 3 and 19 connect the neighbourhood with Vaticano and Villa Borghese, through to Testaccio and Trastevere.
Nomentano has two metro stops in the southern area of the neighbourhood. Policlinico in the south and Bologna in the east are stops on the blue line (Line B) which connects to stops at Tiburtina station, Termini, Cavour (Monti), Colosseo, Aventine and Piramide (Ostiense).
- Though developed at the turn of the 19th century, Nomentano is a neighbourhood replete with sights, monuments and museums documenting the history of Rome from its 753 BC founding to present day. The residential area is able to entertain all walks of life from young to old, sporty to cultural, family to single. There is something for everyone in Nomentano.
Nomentano has a cache of cultural sights and monuments for all ages. The expansive Villa Torlonia complex includes an 18th-century villa that was home to a Roman noble family and later to Benito Mussolini. The villa is now a museum with an art collection. The entire complex includes the Casina delle Civette - a 19th-century ‘Swiss cabin’ and now museum, and the Roman School - a collection of art work by noted Roman artists. The grounds of the villa are also a large public park where on any day you can find picnics, a quick game of calcetto and sunbathers. For those who love architecture, the Quartiere Coppedè is a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century art nouveau buildings. It’s also worth a venture down Via XXI Aprile towards Piazza Bologna for a glimpse of Rome’s Fascist architectural history.
Since the majority of its residents are Roman, Nomentano’s restaurants have historically catered to traditional Roman cuisine. Look for local pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) shops, and Roman pizzerias like MangiaFuoco. Trattoria run through the neighbourhood, and a good local spot can be best found by word of mouth. Some of our favourites include Capoboi, a extraordinary fish-focused menu in the Coppedè area, and Piazza Bologna’s Ba Ghetto, which is an acclaimed kosher Roman restaurant whose successful sister eatery of the same name is in Rome’s historic ghetto.
Part of Rome’s new craze are museum restaurants and Nomentano’s MACRO provides an excellent entry with MACRO 138, its rooftop restaurant. Don’t let a non-Roman menu put you off. If the pizzeria says napoletana, try it. Piazza Fiume claims the best kebab in Rome at the aptly named Kebab.
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