Guide to Rome’s Quartiere Trieste and Africano

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

The roman’s best-kept secret: one of the most pleasant residential neighbourhoods of the city

Are you fed up with overrun roman touristic spots? Discover the Trieste and Africano neighbourhoods, which are sure to surprise you!

Trieste (not to be confused with the Italian city of the same name), is a neighbourhood located in the North area of Rome. We usually associate Trieste neighbourhood with its Africano area – referring to the eastern part of the quarter. The neighbourhood is sandwiched between these neighbourhoods: Parioli, Montesacro and Nomentano.

What is most impressive about this district is that you don’t feel like you are in the neighbourhood of the capital of Italy. Instead, it is like a village, where you meet people you soon come to know– this makes the Trieste/ Africano residential area very friendly. At first glance, you will notice the brightly coloured buildings of this residential area: yellow, red, ochre, you won’t know which way to turn as you walk through the streets of Trieste/ Africano. Umbrella pines adorn the sky, and you will have the opportunity to see parakeets and their nests here. Trieste/ Africano is also full of small shops with local and high-quality products. However, try to learn to order a coffee in Italian because here you won’t hear foreign languages spoken: isn’t this the best place to learn Italian?

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

This neighbourhood is also particularly original through its history. History may not be your cup of tea, but this neighbourhood is inseparable from its past. In fact, archaeologists found evidence of the first humans in the Monte delle Gioie, dating back 2.8 million of years. Trieste’s distinct African quarter was not a coincidence: it is surrounded by streets named with the former African colonies of the Kingdom of Italy, and it was the quarter of the railway workers in the early 1920s. After the Second World War, an urbanisation policy led to architecturally unifying the whole Trieste/Africano quartiere and thus producing this warm residential suburb as Rome’s best-kept secret.

Moreover, it would be impossible for you to ignore the many “LUISS” backpacks that are carried on the backs of passers-by. In fact, you find yourself in an area where many students live because it is close to the universities of La Sapienza and LUISS. This makes the area vibrant with the many bars that open in the evening.

Guide to Rome's Quartiere Trieste and Africano

Best Things To see in Rome’s Quartiere Trieste/Africano

I don’t want to reveal all of Trieste/Africano’s surprises, but I suggest you visit the following places:

  • Quartiere Coppedè: take a walk through the narrow streets and be lulled into its Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture.
  • Complesso monumentale di Sant’Agnese fuori le mura Plunge into the past, by exploring the beautiful Mausoleum of Santa Costanza.
  • Catacombe di Priscilla: If you don’t mind burial grounds, step into the catacomb where Christian burials took place from the late 2nd century through to the 4th century.
  • Piazza Caprera: Exploring can be draining, and there could benothing better than having your after-lunch coffee at this sunny and calm place, accompanied by the soothing sound of its fountain. It is the ideal place to feel like a true Roman.
  • Villa Torlonia: You will dream of the Casino Nobile’s ballroom of Villa Torlonia or be surprised by the Casina delle Civette.
  • Villa Paganini: called “Villa Mussolini of the poor”, you could walk in this pleasant little park which is the delight of dog lovers.
  • Villa Ada: previously the Italian royal House of Savoy, and its bunker must be seen. It was also the place where Benito Mussolini was taken captive by King Victor Emmanuel III during the Second World War.   
GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

Where to drink?

When the sun goes down, the neighbourhood comes alive with a festive atmosphere.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

White Rabbit

Via Spalato, 35-39
Open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-2am
whiterabbitroma.it

This urban-styled bar offers an extensive list of drinks, served by a welcoming staff, which will delight any homesick Americans. This United States-themed bar specializes in burgers and French fries, which are the perfect match for their happy-hour cocktails. The bar also offers veggie burgers for our vegetarian friends.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Cotton Club

Via Bellinzona, 2
Open Mon-Sun from 6pm
cottonclubroma.it

This lounge bar reminds us of 1930s New York with its tasteful interior designed in a retro style. You can experience a wide range of cocktails and liquor, as well as a tasty buffet which adds rhythm to the live music. Indeed, the CC is the ideal place if you want to experience a dinner/drink show with a high-sound quality music experience.  

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Enoteca Graziani

Via di S. Costanza, 9
Open Mon-Tue 8.30am-1pm, Wed-Fri 8.30am-2pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Enoteca Graziani will teach you about Italian wine! The waiters (speaking English) are helpful when it comes to recommending certain wines. Moreover, the wine is of excellent quality and is fairly priced (€ 4-5 glass). In this relaxing environment, we recommend you try a prosciutto and cheese aperitivo to match your wine.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Misto

Via Fezzan, 21
Open Sun-Wed 18pm-1pm, Thus-Sat 18pm-2pm
mistococktailbar.it

The masters of mixology are here! Hats off to the owners, who are passionate about their works, thus creating a friendly atmosphere in the bar. It is the place to discover several exceptional flavours, which will convert your aperitif into a tasting session.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Alchemiq

Via Nemorense, 201
Open Mon-Sat 7am-midnight
alchemiqroma.it

Aperol Sprits are particularly cheap but the cocktails, in general, are innovative, cleverly elaborated and very tasty. Embedded in an industrial chic style atmosphere, you will enjoy this open-late night bar.

Eat

The area offers plenty of excellent restaurants tailor-made for local Romans’ tastes.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Pepe Verde

Viale Gorizia, 38-44
Open Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm / 7pm-00.30am, Sun 7pm-00.30am
pepeverde.eu

An elegant restaurant, prestenting Italian specialities revisited by the owners. The typical Italian pizza oven in one corner (that supplies both the restaurant and takeout customers) is charming. However, try to book in advance as it gets busy.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE AND AFRICANO

Sale Fino

Via Clisio, 1
Open Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm / 7pm-00.30am, Sun 7pm-00.30am
ristorantesalefino.it

Visit this typical Italian restaurant, full of locals trying to escape from overrun touristic places. The service is quite pleasant, from both the manager and the waiters, who genuinely want you to have a great experience. The dishes are Mediterranean style with meat and fish, but there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

Susina Bistro

Via Chiana, 87/A
Open Tue-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm
susinabistrot.it

This bistro is definitely worthwhile while…This is the place to experience high-quality and authentic Italian food, where each ingredient is selected with great attention and in a sustainable way. You will fall in love with their fresh juices (carrot, apple, ginger, etc.). There are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

Marziali 1922

Piazza Caprera, 8
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm
marziali1922.com

This place will make you feel at home… A lovely atmosphere to experience the traditional Italian coffee at every moment of your day. The outdoor patio is full of plants and gives you a charming view of the Piazza Caprera.

GUIDE TO ROME’S QUARTIERE TRIESTE

Ristorante 1978

Via Chiana, 87/A
Open Tue-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm
susinabistrot.it

Recommended by the MICHELIN Guide, this restaurant is ideal to have a (quite expensive) nice dinner: excellent service and original Roman flavours are waiting for you. There are options for vegetarians.

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