The North of Rome is comprised of Municipi III, XI-XV.

The view of central Rome from the Monte Mario park.

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  • 1 Villa Doria Pamphili (Villa Pamphili) (Via Garibaldi (in Trastevere) leads into Via Aurelia Antica at Porta San Pancrazio; the park entrance is a short distance after the beginning of Via Aurelia). A large villa and 180-ha park that is a major recreation area for Romans, and a popular spot for joggers. One unusual feature of the grounds is the colony of coypus (swamp beavers) around the lake. Natives of South America these ones are descended from some who wisely escaped from a fur farm. There are also colonies by the Tiber.    
  • 2 Monte Mario. The highest hill in Rome at 139 m, with sweeping views of the Vatican and Rome across the Tiber.    
  • 3 Olympic Stadium (Stadio Olimpico). The stadium is on the west bank of River Tiber, about three km directly north of the Vatican. It is part of a sports complex that was built for the 1960 Olympic Games, including the Olympic swimming pool and the tennis complex where the annual ATP/WTA Italian Open is held. The main stadium holds more than 80,000 and was extensively rebuilt, with a roof added, for the 1990 World Cup (soccer) finals.    
  • 4 Portonaccio Sanctuary, Isola Farnese (take the Via Cassia north of Rome to Torrione Cerquetta and then turn right to Isola Farnese). An archaeological site near the ancient Etruscan city of Veii. Veii (or Veio) was a major Etruscan city until its defeat at the hands of the Romans in 396 BC. The Temple of Apollo is here, which is the site where the famous Apollo of Veii statue was discovered in 1916. These days there is little left to see but a few ruins, although the area has yielded up many excellent artefacts that are now mainly in the Etruscan museum at Villa Giulia in Rome/North Center. The surrounding area is a national park, Parco di Veio, that contains Etruscan ruins that, for the most part, are not easily accessible.    
  • 5 Santa Passera, Via Santa Passera 1. This church can be an interesting deviation if you are passing through its neighbourhood. It is believed to be the grave of the Saints Ciro and Giovanni, killed during the time of the Emperor Diocletian. The original name was Abba Cyrus and through Appaciro and then Appacero it finally became Pacera, very close to today's Passera. The building is on top of a 3rd century building still visible in the lower floor and in the underground. The main part of the building dates back to the 9th century as do the frescoes on the higher floor. Some of the frescoes have been restored. Downstairs there is a small quadrangular room and the underground, where the remains of the two Saints are supposed to be. There are still visible 3rd century traces of Roman frescoes; in front of the stair you can enjoy a small bird, the Justice, and an athlete while in the vault some eight apex stars. Bus 128,780,781,775 (first stop in Via della Magliana).    


  • Take in a soccer match at the Stadio Olimpico. The stadium is shared by Rome's two main teams, Rome and Lazio, usually playing there on alternate Sunday afternoons, with occasional games on Saturday or Sunday evenings or midweek evenings. Games between these two clubs are well worth avoiding as they often turn violent but the stadium is rarely full for other matches. However, past crowd troubles mean that you can no longer just turn up: you need to buy tickets in advance at one of the agencies around town, and show some ID when you do!



  • [dead link] Casetta di Campagna, Via Affogalasino, 40 (Casetta Mattei-Trullo), +39 06 6574 3230. Closed on Monday. Sunday, Saturday and holidays also open at noon. In the natural park Valle dei Casali they have very good meat. They also offer a fixed price menu for pizza (only for more than 4 people) which is good for a large gathering dinner. You need a car to reach the place.
  • La Pergola, Hotel Cavalieri Hilton, Via A. Cadlolo 101, +39 06-35092152. Tu-Sa 19:30-00:00; closed Aug 8-Aug 23. Awarded three stars in the Guide Rouge. The chef, Heinz Beck, is German in origin and has set a style which combines Italian fresh produce with exceptional creativity and presentation. The restaurant overlooks Rome, so be sure to get a table by the window. The wine cellar is exceptional. Expect to have to book months in advance, but the trip is well worth it. mains €35-50; set menu €130-150.
  • Taverna Pio Bove, Via Alessandro Cruto 9 (Bus 128, 775), +39 06 553 011 35. Open at 19:00 everyday. Good steak house in the suburbs, but not too far from Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura.
  • Yesh', Via Silvestro Gherardi 51, +39 06 858 00315. Kosher steak house.
  • 1 Caffè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, 100 (Across from the Vatican Museum entrance at Viale Vaticano e Via Tunisi.). M-Sa 07:00-20:00. Delicious fruit gelato with exotic fruit bits, ice creams and coffees.
  • 2 Osteria delle Commari, Via Santamaura, 23, +39 06 3972 9557. noon-23:00 every day. An Italian restaurant that does not do pizza. A little expensive.
  • 3 Siciliainbocca, Via Emilio Faa di Bruno 26 (Metro line A, Cipro.), +39 06 373 584 00. Nice Sicilian restaurant in the quiet (and somewhat boring) part of northern Prati. Try the swordfish and the lemon sorbet! Reasonable prices; fish plate around €15, but do order some antipasti and pasta.







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Routes through North
END  W   E  VaticanModern Center
Modern CenterNomentano  SW   NE  END
Modern CenterNorth Center  SW   NE  END
OrteSabine Hills  N   S  North CenterNomentano
ENDNomentano  W   E  TivoliEND
ViterboLake Bracciano  N   S  TrastevereAventino-Testaccio

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