Shaggy-haired poets like Keats and Shelly were once the toast of Tridente, but carefree Bohemian style doesn't make the signorinas swoon like it used to along Tridente's famous Spanish Steps. Today there's no excuse for shagginess in Rome's most fashion-conscious neighborhood, where Italian designer flagship boutiques brush Valentino-clad elbows against new Gap superstores. Along its broad store-lined boulevards, Tridente can seem all dressed up with no place to go, but the backstreets are lined with swanky velvet-clad bars and plush boutique hotels. Once the site of public executions, Piazza del Popolo is now the stomping ground of street artists, protestors and art history classes headed for classical masterpieces at Santa Maria del Popolo church and Villa Borghese. Dashing new arrivals on the scene are the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI museum for contemporary art and Richard Meier's controversial minimalist Museo dell'Ara Pacis, which hosts contemporary art shows alongside Rome's 13 B.C. marble Altar of Peace.
Getting Around Roma
The best way to get around Rome is by using the Metropolitana and by walking. The metro runs approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30 a.m.-11.30 p.m. Sunday-Friday and until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Fare is €1 for a single ride or €4 for a 24-hour pass. 3-day passes are available for €11 and 7-day passes for €16. Driving in Rome is possible, but not for the faint-hearted. Walking is an excellent alternative to the metro in the city's historic center.
- Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport-FCO
- €48 (Check for SPQR, which will tell you it's a licensed Roman taxi.)
Things to Do and See Near Villa Borghese
- San Pellegrino in Vaticano
- Stadio Flaminio
- Santa Maria sopra Minerva
- St. Peter's baldachin
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
- St. Peter's Basilica
- Vatican Museums
- Pontifical Academy of Sciences