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My Favorite Rome Neighborhood: Things To Do In Cavour

Trastevere, Campo di Fiore, Piazza Navona – they are all the popular Rome neighborhoods and many of you have known them and probably have visited them. However, Rome has much more for us to discover and to enjoy. My favorite Rome neighborhood is Cavour and now I’m going to share with you my Cavour neighborhood guide.

the most epic view of a church in between white buildings in cavour neighborhood

As part of Monti area, Cavour is much more concentrated with many bars, restaurants, shops and workshops to be explored. Instead of tourists, it seems to be more attractive to the locals. It is only a small area among Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Via Nazionale and Colosseum and the oldest and the original Rome neighborhood since Roman time. Look at those sampietrini (cobble stone streets)!

Cavour is perfect for those who love vintage and classic things but also always curious to discover new concepts and designs. I love both its vintage shop with a funky American spirit and the French-Italian inspired elegant fashion boutiques. The contemporary furniture shops are well blended with those classic Romanesque antique ones. It’s a place encouraging many different ideas and creations.

Another reason that attracts me is my connection to this tiny Rome neighborhood. Here has my very first Rome-living memory. I spent half a year studying Italian in Ciao Italia, which is one of the oldest language schools in Rome and it is in Cavour. Since that, I was a frequent bar visitor. My typical Rome day starts from a cappuccino before the class, followed by an espresso or a macchiato with my classmates in the break. I will not leave for home before checking in one of the cute bistros after class. Luckily, Cavour offers a lot of nice options for a solo diner like me and many others. 

a special way to enter cavour streets while seeing the up and down hills of rome
Via Panisperna from Santa Maria Maggiore

The best way to enter and to exit with a promised view

Allow my little perfection!
I highly recommend entering Cavour area by walking down Via Panisperna either from the side of Santa Maria Maggiore or Chiesa Principale dell’ Ordinariato. Why? Geographically, Cavour is in the valley of Palatine, Esquiline, and Viminal hills. Try the street, you will understand perfectly why people say that Rome is on the hills. I imagine it as a roller-coaster ride on foot.
Sometimes I will arrive at Cavour with the metro Line B. The little square in front of the metro station is called “Piazza della Suburra”.
pizza della suburra tells the history of cavour's older name

Suburra” is an old name of this typical area which is basically behind the Roman Empire’s heart, Roman Forum. The place was where Caesar started his story and where much low-class community of Roman Empire lived. It was once the neighborhood with the highest population density

To leave Cavour, I prefer taking Via dei Serpenti, where allows me to take many photos of Colosseum.

Things to do in Cavour

In this old Rome neighborhood, there are many things you can do. Eating and drinking are the basic two, however, I preferred hunting old “spirits” in the bookshop, Libri Necessari. Italian and French books in politics, history and philosophy are the major collection. If I’m lucky enough to find a good English book, I will search for a comfortable spot at Fountain of the Catechumens for a bit reading and people-watching.
independent bookshop libri necessari in cavour neighborhood in rome
Libri Necessari
the beautiful pink flower growing into the wall in summer makes one of the best view of carvour

Do people-watching 24/7

The fountain is at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti. The square is not big but surrounded by restaurants and bars. The most epic moment to enjoy people-watching there is in the summer when the cafes are crowded and the bars are more than just crowded. Night events and little parties take place frequently there. Oh, and also, I’m waiting for those flowers to come back to the walls outside La Bottega del caffe. It is probably the most floral Rome neighborhood!

fresh flower seller shows up with mini van in spring and summer in cavour oftenly

Buy flowers if you can

Talking about flowers, when the spring and the summer come to Rome, don’t miss the chance to buy some beautiful fresh flowers from the street in Cavour. If, you see a little Ape (a three-wheeled light car which you see very often in the countryside of Italy) like this.

Try a class and learn a new skill

I’ve got my eyes on Studio Cassio for a while as they host Mosaics workshops. It can be a very different experience to get closer to the most antique technic and art of Rome.

in winter the wall plant turns orange
Via Urbana
in summer the wall plant becomes a green curtain
Via Panisaperna

Walk around to discover the human-made arts and the natural beauty

Cavour is not only an antique place but also full of energy in this typical Rome neighborhood!

Have a walk, lift up your chins and look around, I promise you an entertaining journey! There are some interesting and hilarious arts and the amazing beauty sculptured by the nature. Via Urbana is my favorite street to walk as it has the most “overwhelming” plant walls, green in summers and orange in winters. The only one that can compete with it is the plant curtain on Via Panisaperna. Also, you might notice the funny neighbors’ talking scene on Via Urbana too.

Another side of Cavour is about its street arts. Near La Bottega del Caffe, you will find a pixel one on the wall. Walk up Via degli Zingari, don’t miss the graffiti near the stairs. Walk to the direction towards Arco dei Pantani through Via Baccina, you will find the famous street art by C215. I also talked about the special view of the Roman Forum from Via Baccina 4 months ago.

the funny street art about neighbors on the buildings in cavour
Via Urbana

Go for a small-bite self-tour

Cavour is not big but it’s the paradise for a solo foodie. I never worry about eating alone in this area because it has plenty of small-bite options. 

Gelateria dell’Angeletto and Fatamorgana is my favorite two places for a refreshing bite. Mari is the new place if you are curious about Rome’s famous maritozzi. They’ve got both salty options with salmon, avocado, meat or more, or a classic sweet cream version will be magnificent too. Sometimes I will grab a slice of pizza-from-the-oven when I pass by Pizzeria Boccaccia or Forno da Milvio. The later one also serves hot dishes in the rush lunch hours. Grezzo Raw Chocolate is another interesting place if you are a dark-chocolate person like me.

Talking about Food & Drink of Cavour, I have too many recommendations. So, I decided to write another post later on.

the purple sunset in the busiest square of cavour and the night life starts from there

Bar hovering around sunset hours

The winter night arrives with shades of romantic violet in Cavour. My favorite purple-chasing spot is again Piazza della Madonna dei Monti. Meanwhile, the sunset hours are the best timing to grab a drink and to catch up with friends. The Romans do it, so do we! My frequent hangout place recently is Civico 4. Love the speak-easy vibe there with a glass of wine or two. Many people go to Analemma Cafe for some cool cocktails. A few steps forward, there is also an Irish pub, Finnegan Irish Pub.
the handmade candle store in cavour
Candle Store Roma
the handmade candle and wax product store in cavour with a romantic concept

Go shopping and let the credit card cry (I’m joking)

My favorite shops to stop by in Cavour are not only those boutiques for special clothes or pieces of jewelry but also interesting interior concept stores and antique shops. Among them, the most interesting ones are the Candle Store Roma, which I’ve shared a bit in my weekly note. They sell handmade candles and wax products and the most romantic story about man and woman.

LOL Roma has 3 locations in Cavour and they have the chic and feminine collection all the time. However, SUEDE is on the opposite side. I think they’ve got 2 locations which one is for women and the other is for men. It’s perfect for who wants the fashionable streetwear and IT pieces.

fashion streetwear shop in cavour
pifebo vintage of rome has a golden mine for vintage lover
Pifebo Vintage
the individual jewlery boutiques in cavour area

Pifebo Vintage and another few shops without a name on Via Leonina are for those vintage hunters. A pair of vintage Levis, charged as per weight? Sounds fancy!

There are many jewelry boutiques and special furniture shops on Via Urbana and Via del Boschetto, however many of them have “weird” open hours. My tips are to avoid the long lunch break which could start from 1 pm till 4 pm. Probably when you can see both the golden shades of sunset and the purple shades of 5 pm sunsetting hours, you are at the right timing to check out those hidden boutiques.

Stay with me, as next week I will have another post dedicated to Food & Drink in Cavour. See you there.


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    28 Responses

      1. Hi Vanessa, I’m pretty sure you will still find it lovely! But maybe, some of the shops have been changed! 😀

      1. I’ve been to Barcelona, but it was quite a while ago when I was “young” and “naive” about how to travel! I think I definitely missed your neighborhood, Gracia!

    1. What a pretty neighbourhood! When I visited Rome there was a heatwave and it was unbearable! I’d love to go back and explore it properly in a more reasonable temperature! I’m saving your guide for our visit!


      1. Europe is getting hotter and hotter in these years and it’s horrible, I totally agree! Rome… is somehow the worst, as in the summer and the city center, the fresh air cannot go throw. I will suggest to visit in late May (if it’s not raining like last year) or early June. You will encounter fewer tourists too.

    2. I LOVE discovering the local neighborhoods. When I was there, I stayed in Municipal 2- near Villa Ada and I loved my experience there. Though, when I go back, I will probably try to explore other local neighborhoods like Cavour! Love all of your Rome tips.

      1. Wow!!! You really stay in a neighborhood very different from the normal Rome that people know!!! Villa Ada area is huge ( I mean the park ) and it’s close to Villa Torlonia too, which is beautiful as well! I believe you’ve experienced the best nature and villa of Rome!

    3. Rome is one of the few places on earth where I can go back again and again. In my last trip I spent some time around Cavour, eating and people watching. Your post took me down memory lane ❤️

    4. This sure is a side of Rome I hadn’t seen before. It’s so beautiful, and your photography really brought it out. So nice to get off the beaten path and read about somewhere new.

      1. Thanks Rhonda, as living in Rome and I think I’ve got more chances to explore and bring out more beautiful sides (probably sometimes few ugly truth) of Rome to the world 😀

      1. Hi Victoria, thanks too for supporting and commenting here.
        I hope to bring more bright side and hidden gems of Rome so that the people like you (coming back again and again) can always have something new to see!

      1. North of Florence is not bad, you’ve got Bologna, Milan, Turin, Venice and Verona, and there are thousands of small towns as well. Oops, thousands maybe too much.
        But, if you have chance, next time, please Roma! You will love it, and it’s so different from the north! as well as the people and the culture here.
        Actually, I myself didn’t explore a lot of the south of Italy, that’s a big target for me in this year.

      1. Hey Olga, glad that my post inspired you!!!
        Cavour is beautiful, energetic and with a lot of fun to walk around and to explore!

      1. Hi Eunice, if you have chance, you must visit Rome. There are a lot of to see and to do here, and I’m pretty sure you will love it 😀
        If you are planning something and have question, feel free to drop me an email or sign up my newsletter 😀

    5. I don’t know if they are somewhat similar but based on your pictures – Rome gives me Paris vibes and that’s a reallllly good thing! I haven’t visited Rome before, it’s definitely on my list, and I love to know these neighborhoods to write down and visit. It’s so much easier to completely enjoy a city when you know the good stuff.

      1. haha, maybe it’s because of my editing on the photos (I like Paris style, probably I capture and edit my photos the way similar to Paris’s feeling…).
        Personally, I consider Rome very different from Paris. For example, the buildings in Rome are with warm tone and very colorful / Paris is mostly white and iron/bronze. Rome has much narrow, not straight, confusing streets in the centro storico, but Paris, I guess it is a bit easier? You have to visit Rome when you have the chance! I’m sure, you will love this city 😀

    6. Cavour sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I always love the smaller neighborhoods that have the authentic feel of the country yet are not so touristy as the main cities. So much culture to explore! And as always I absolutely love the cobblestone streets. I must admit I had never heard of this neighborhood before, but I have added it to the list!

      1. Same here!
        I love the culture and the history of a place. And those small neighborhood is exactly where I can know more about the city! I feel that to write more content about this could help people switch their eyes to more beautiful things!

    7. if something, than shopping in Cavour really made my credit card cry once hahah. Since, I’m going along Via Nazionale with bus. Nothing else. It’s dangerous place for me, with too many beautiful butique shops. Love it!

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