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About Villa Borghese
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.
Read more about Roma's Villa Borghese on Hipmunk's Villa Borghese Neighborhood Guide.
The fall of Rome is greatly exaggerated: much of the ancient Roman imperial forum and the Colosseum is still standing, pilgrims are lining up at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City for a glimpse of the pope and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Centro Storico counters are packed for afternoon espresso and aperitivi before vast dinners in Testaccio. And Valentino-clad fashionistas stomp the bar-lined cobblestone streets of Trastevere in stilettos without even a wobble.
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