Trastevere has always been there, and Testaccio is also a given. For years San Lorenzo, across the Termini railway tracks and close to the Sapienza University in Rome, was the new happening area and now it is the turn of Pigneto.
Pigneto Neighbourhood Rome
The Pigneto neighborhood starts just beyond Porta Maggiore, the square where most of the ancient aqueducts end and where most of Rome’s tram lines come together. The area has the form of a triangle with the Via Prenestina bordering it in the north, the Circonvallazione Casilina in the east and the Via Casilina on the southern side.
Pigneto is characterized by the presence of houses, rather than flats like in the rest of the center of Rome and therefore has a more village-like atmosphere. Its main street, the Via del Pigneto is partly pedestrian and very interesting in the evening when the alternative crowd sits outside, drinking beer or wine and listening to music.
Some well-known restaurants are Primo (Via del Pigneto, 46), Necci (Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68), which can be a bit hard to find, but has a gorgeous outdoor area, and Quarantuno (Via del Pigneto, 41/43), with rather formal, but friendly waiters, and excellent antipasti.
Circolo degli Artisti (Via Casilina Vecchia, 42) is Rome’s most important venue for alternative music and Fanfulla 101 (Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 101) organizes concerts and DJ sets.