- The Trevi neighbourhood rests in the shade of the Quirinale hill, one of the original seven hills of Rome, and present location of the Italian state’s presidential palace. With such a magnificent setting, it is no wonder that the neighbourhood is slightly more serious than the rest. Fear not, its slightly more austere attitude disguises a bubbling fountain and very animated ambience.
Toss a coin into the fountain…
The Trevi area is named for the Trevi Fountain, the beautiful late Baroque fountain situated in the middle of the rectangular-shaped neighbourhood. The area is bordered by Via del Corso on its west and short end, Via Tritone/Via Barberini on its northern length and Via Nazionale on its southern length. Though Trevi Fountain may be its main point of reference, Via del Tritone (northern length) runs along Piazza del Tritone with its famous Triton astride a shell fountain, another excellent reference point. In addition, Quirinale Palace is the best focal point for the south-eastern area of the district.
Trevi is bordered by Colonna, Ancient City, Ludovisi and Monti. The Colonna area is famous for shopping around Piazza di Spagna, while the Ancient City area is dominated by the traces of Ancient Rome including Roman Forum and Coliseum. Ludovisi is known for the elegant hotels on Via Vittorio Veneto. Monti is best known as Rome’s bohemian neighbourhood.
Know your neighbours
The Trevi area is primarily known as a business district. Shops, along with hotels, line up and down Via del Tritone, Via del Corso and via Nazionale. In general, these busy commercial areas mean there are many day-trippers and tourists. But in the very same palazzos and also on the side streets are several residential properties filled with families and private individuals. Though there are very few accommodating squares that facilitate any form of chatting, you will run into your neighbours for early morning and late afternoon dog walking, and during a trip to the local outdoor market, bar or dry cleaner.
Trevi has three main shopping streets: Via del Tritone, Via del Corso and Via Nazionale. These three streets are peppered with many of the same brands you may find at an Italian shopping mall. Standard names and a decent range of quality from shops such as Benetton, Calzedonia, Stefanel and Frette appear on all of these streets. And they often have some of our favourite kitsch souvenir shops, especially when looking for a miniature gladiator costume. Take your time on these roads as you may find some surprises like Dada, one-of-a-kind women’s clothing boutique, and Mitsukoshi, a Japanese department store. Supermarkets and hardware shops are harder to find but make for a great excuse to talk to your neighbours.
With at least three main streets running through the neighbourhood, Trevi is easily connected to all areas of Rome, from the Stadium in the north to Testaccio in the south. From the Trevi area, you can effortlessly walk to the Centre, Villa Borghese and likewise Termini station, if at all necessary. For a broader area, Rome’s public transportation system ATAC offers bus and metro links.
Buses 52, 53, 63, 80, 116, 492 connect the neighbourhood with Piazza Venezia, Centre area, Trastevere and Testaccio as well as Parioli, Piazza Mancini (stadium), Nomentana, Termini and Tiburtina stations and Villa Borghese. Barberini on Linea A (red line) is Trevi’s main metro stop and connects Trevi with Termini, Piazza di Spagna and Vaticano.
- Trevi’s personality happens in the small streets off the major conduits, even if these big roads contain everything a neighbourhood could desire. There are several important churches, museums, underground sites, cultural centres, cafés, restaurants and bars that complement the more refrained Quirinale Palace. At night, the neighbourhood quietens down and makes for a lovely evening walk.
Aside from the Trevi Fountain, for which the neighbourhood gets its name, Trevi boasts two top museums - Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo delle Esposizioni - which cover ancient and Renaissance art, and contemporary art respectively. There are also the duelling Bernini/Borromini churches on via XX Settembre - San Andrea al Quirinale and San Carlo al Quattro Fontane – which are two great Baroque examples of different architectural technique. The Quirinale Palace, home to Italy’s President, is open to visitors, and across the piazza is the Scuderie which hosts blockbusters exhibitions. For those looking for some archaeology, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain is Città dell’Acqua, underground 1st-century AD apartment buildings.
Although Trevi may be a very hearty tourist area, there are some delicious restaurants just around the corner from the fountain itself: Al Moro and Osteria Romana (serving Roman fare) and Il Chianti with a more Tuscan menu. Just up the street is San Crispino, a historic gelateria recently made more famous in 2010’s Eat Pray Love. Rely on food blogs like ParlaFood and Elizabeth Minchilli for realistic restaurant reviews in Trevi.
The best nightlife advice for Trevi is to take a late-night walk to the Trevi Fountain when you are guaranteed to avoid the crowds and possibly experience a bit of its romantic intentions. If you are looking for something a little bit more kinetic, our best advice is to head out of the Trevi neighbourhood. With frequent evening buses going to and from Trevi (check ATAC’s website for a complete listing), a night out in Rome is best had in the Centre, Trastevere and Testaccio neighbourhoods. If you must stay in the area, there are a few local pubs behind Via del Tritone and on Via Nazionale, but nothing to write home about.
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