|As mentioned, the central quarter has great
character. Its people are very friendly, and have at the same time great personality.
There are many art shops, craftmen, charming restaurants and cafes. There are many
gracious zones secluded from car traffic. Art and history seem to be everywhere, yet there
is a very enjoyable atmosphere, also with a sort of "bohemienne" look.
The hospitality of the quarter is renowned since many centuries. The famous sculptor Bernini (columnade of St. Peter, two fountains of Piazza Navona, the Triton fountain etc.) lived here, together with his father, a sculptor himself. Michelangelo worked here (in the church of St. Peter in Chain). Much later, some young Italian physicists, the so called "Ragazzi (boys) di Via Panisperna" (Fermi etc.), contributed to discover the nuclear energy and the atomic bomb. Perhaps only in Rome such unusual historical combinations can happen. In this quarter nowadays it is still possible to find the characteristic, romantic Roman combination of history, art, love for life. Last and not least you still find the original friendly inhabitants, who give to the quarter its authentic character. In many other central quarters this ended after WW2, or at the latest in the 60es.
The centre of the quarter is Piazza Santa Maria dei Monti:
The Piazza is very charming. One finds here the central church of the quarter
("Santa Maria ai Monti"), the Catholic Ukraine seminar of Rome, the cultural and
recreational centre of the quarter, a nice fountain. There are also some interesting
shops, a restaurant, a "gelateria" - ice cream cafe-, a pastry shop...and lots
of people enjoying themselves.
The little enjoable streets of the quarter have each a distinct
personality, and are considered by its inhabitants as places to use for different
purposes. They include also different facilities.