- The elegant Vittoria neighbourhood is one of Rome’s newest quarters, developed in the early 1910s after the unification of Italy. The primarily residential neighbourhood is made up of wide streets and well-kept rotundas, with busy shops and cafés. The neighbourhood seems to have been developed for the afternoon promenade. Vittoria is elegant and refined, an ersatz suburb within the city.
Elegant and residential
The Vittoria neighbourhood is located immediately north of Prati, running along the northern curve of the Tiber River (which marks its eastern border). The straight Viale delle Milizie is its southern border. Circonvallazione Clodio neatly closes its western border. Long and wide streets course throughout the area, within a seemingly grid layout. However, the large Piazza Mazzini is the centre (and main landmark), from which most of Vittoria’s streets radiate. An additional landmark includes the Viale Angelico thoroughfare, which cuts north to south on the western side of the neighbourhood.
Bordering neighbourhoods include Prati to its south, the eponymous North and West neighbourhoods, and large, residential areas. Vittoria also slightly touches Vatican at its southwest corner. Seeming further away from the center, Vittoria is quite close to northern part of Rome’s Campo Marzio neighbourhood as well as Parioli/Pinciano, both immediately across the Tiber River.
Know your neighbours
Vittoria is an excellent neighbourhood for familiarising yourself with the Roman lifestyle, practising Italian and even getting to know some residents. As mentioned above, the area is an almost autonomous suburb with residences, markets, local shops, businesses, churches and schools. There are no tourists and few, if any, historic monuments here. Head to any shop, piazza, bar or market at any time, and you’ll find yourself in intensive Italian immersion.
Focus on Piazza Mazzini; the large roads that radiate off the piazza are filled with shopping options from hardware, electronics and supermarkets to clothing shops, interior design and accessories. Via Oslavia, Via Sabotino, Via Giuseppe Ferrari and Via Giuseppe Mazzini will have whatever you need. Likewise Viale delle Milizie, the southern border of the neighbourhood, is lined with food shops, clothing and house wares.
Vittoria is well connected to the northern and western areas of Rome, by foot, tram, bus or metro. Prati, Pinciano/Parioli and Vaticano are within walking distance of Vittoria. In addition, the neighbourhood can easily rely on ATAC, Rome’s public transportation system, to connect it to the rest of the city.
Buses 23, 30, 70, 224, 280, 495, 628 connect Vittoria to the Olympic Stadium, Ponte Milvio, Monte Mario, Piazza del Popolo, Testaccio, Piazza Venezia, Villa Borghese, and Tiburtina and Termini stations. The bus hub is found at Piazzale Clodio. Tram 19 runs along Viale delle Milizie and brings passengers to Vaticano, Villa Borghese and Nomentano, with links to Auditorium and San Lorenzo. Rome's metro Linea A (red line) has stops at Lepanto, and is a direct line to Piazza di Spagna and Termini.
- Vittoria is best defined as residential, refined and relaxed. The neighbourhood atmosphere is all about living in Rome, not about Rome’s history, so it should not be considered a sightseeing destination. Vittoria is all about immersing yourself in daily Roman life - from morning coffee chat to afternoon walks and lengthy evening dinners.
Toward the northern end of the area, along the Tiber River, is the Museum of the Italian Armed forces, considered one of the best military museums in the world. Tiny Piazzale Clodio has an antique market on the weekends where you can find turn-of-the-century furniture and other interesting, nostalgic knickknacks. At the very tip of Vittoria is Rome’s newest bridge, the arching Ponte della Musica that crosses the Tiber to Rome’s northern Flaminio.
The quiet Vittoria has a wonderful selection of restaurants focusing on traditional Roman as well as nouvelle cuisine. Set your sights on Piazza Mazzini and the surrounding area. Settembrini experiments in Roman-Japanese and its adjacent wine bar focuses on bubbles - champagne and franciacorta. Nearby are traditional restaurants such as La Nuova Fiorentina and Pizzeria San Marco. The area is also known for elegant cafés like Mazzini and Antonini, which have a lovely aperitivo service and both off of Piazza Mazzini. Vittoria can claim home to Al Settimo Gelo, a delicious gelateria with slightly off-the-wall (but all natural) flavours like hibiscus.
Vittoria nightlife means aperitivi (pre-dinner cocktails) - the few hours before dinner where cafés serve cocktails, bubbles and a nice selection of hors d’oeuvre. Lately it seems that Piazza Mazzini is a battleground for aperitivo hour with at least three cafés, Mazzini, Antonini and more recently Settembrini café, fighting to be the best. Andiamo!
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