A training ground for jockeys and their horses in ancient times, this micro-neighborhood along the Tiber in the Centro Storico of Rome reinvented itself during the Renaissance with ornate palazzi and artisan workshops. Now Regola’s undergoing another rebirth of sorts, as the Eternal City’s most stylish neighborhood for upscale shops, restaurants, and boutique hotels tucked away from the tourist crowds. Here, locals reveal six reasons to visit Regola, Rome.
This Cafe: Roscioli Caffè
“Roscioli Caffè is an institution in Rome and the place to find one of the best maritozzi con la panna [breakfast brioche filled with whipped cream] in town. Their Forno bakery and their restaurant are unmissable as well,” say Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla, owners of Chez Dédé.
This Restaurant: Ristorante Pierluigi
Pierluigi Roscioli, co-owner of Roscioli Caffè, recommends Ristorante Pierluigi for raw seafood and wine alfresco. The piazza where it’s located is “One of the most beautiful in Rome and is maintained with great taste,” he says.
This Boutique: Maison Halaby
“Maison Halaby has a unique collection of bags, and the shop is like a gorgeous art gallery, or a cross between a great living room and a fancy Fifth Avenue shop. It’s a truly memorable experience,” says Lorenzo Lisi, owner of Ristorante Pierluigi and Hotel de’ Ricci.
This Textile Shop: L’Archivio di Monserrato
Gilbert Halaby, owner of Maison Halaby, recommends: “Soledad Twombly’s shop, L’Archivio di Monserrato, for the amazing fabric collection she has.”
This Bar: G-Rough Hotel
Soledad Twombly, owner of L’Archivio di Monserrato, recommends a negroni at the bar at G-Rough Hotel on Piazza Pasquino. “All the rooms are different, and they have wonderful contemporary art in each one. The bar is very Art Nouveau—I love it,” she says.
This Concept Store: Chez Dédé
“Chez Dédé’s owners, Daria and Andrea, are a truly passionate, creative couple, and their concept store has a very interesting selection of books, objects, and clothing,” says Gabriele Salini, owner of G-Rough Hotel. “They were pioneers in the revival of our beloved Via di Monserrato, a street that remains authentic and contemporary.”