Monti (rione of Rome)

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Monti is the 1st rione of Rome, identified by the initials R. I, located in Municipio I. The name literally means "mountains" in Italian and comes from the fact that the Esquiline, the Viminal Hills, and parts of the Quirinal and the Caelian Hills belonged to this rione: currently, however, the Esquiline Hill belongs to the rione Esquilino.

Monti
Rione of Rome
Via dei Fori Imperiali
Via dei Fori Imperiali
Official seal of Monti
Seal
Position of the rione in the center of the city
Position of the rione in the center of the city
Country Italy
RegionLatium
ProvinceRome
ComuneRome
Demonym(s)Monticiani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The coat of arms consists of three green mountains with three tops on a silver background.

GeographyEdit

Its boundaries are:

HistoryEdit

In ancient times the rione was densely populated: in Monti there were the Forum Romanum and the so-called Suburra: this was the place poor people lived, full of disreputable locals and brothels.

In the Middle Ages the situation was completely different: the Roman aqueducts were damaged, and it was very difficult to bring water to Monti since it was on the hills. Hence many inhabitants moved to Campus Martius, a lower level part, where they could drink the water from the river Tiber.

From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century, the rione remained an area full of vineyards and vegetable gardens. Monti was not densely populated because of the lack of water and because it was quite far from the Vatican, the center of Christian culture. The area did not become abandoned thanks to the church of San Giovanni in Laterano and the constant high number of pilgrims.

Still in the Middle Ages the inhabitants of Monti, called monticiani, developed a strong identity: their Roman dialect was different from that spoken in the other rioni. Their main enemies were the people from the other rione with a strong identity, Trastevere, and they often used to fight with one another.

Then, with growing urbanization at the end of the 19th century after Rome had become the capital of a united Italy, the great changes of the Fascist period completely changed the appearance of the rione. In particular, between 1924 and 1936, a large part of the rione, consisting of small streets and popular houses, was destroyed to make way for the Via dei Fori Imperiali (the street artificially dividing the Roman Forum and most of the Imperial forums) and the archaeological buildings of the Forum Romanum were excavated.

Thanks to its position, Monti is full of archaeological sites such as:

Places of interestEdit

Palaces and other buildingsEdit

 
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Via Nazionale

ChurchesEdit

Archaeological sitesEdit

EducationEdit

The biblioteca federate Scaffale d'arte Palaexpo is located in Monti.[1]

The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum is located in Monti

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biblioteche ed i Centri specializzati." City of Rome. Retrieved on 8 September 2012.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 41°53′42″N 12°29′21″E / 41.894962°N 12.4892253°E / 41.894962; 12.4892253