My City: Rome with Soledad Twombly

Rome-based fashion designer Soledad Twombly—behind the beloved L’Archivio di Monserrato—shares her guide to the Eternal City.

Argentine-born fashion designer and art collector Soledad Twombly founded L’Archivio di Monserrato in 2017. “It is a space that brings together my career as a designer; a collection of antique fabrics and works of art; and my aesthetics as a stylist and a home decorator,” she told Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley in 2019. Visitors to the store step inside Twombly’s world of Italian craftsmanship. “They say there’s no place like home, but I’ve lived in many different cities in the world and rest assured, there’s really no place like Rome.”

Here, she shares where else to explore in the Eternal City.

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Mornings in Rome

Breakfast at home (occasionally I go to Forno Monteforte in Via del Pellegrino), reading international and Italian newspapers, and exercising.

Lunch Spots

For lunch with a local friend or family, I go to Da Cesare on Via del Pellegrino because it’s fresh, simple Italian food. With a friend from out of town, I like Ar Galletto because it’s in Piazza Farnese and one of the most gorgeous squares in Rome.

Museum Musts

First-timers to Rome should see Galleria Borghese. For repeat visits…I like Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM).

Walking through Time

For first-time visitors, walk around and get lost. And for repeat visitors, more walks…I like walking from Via Monserrato to Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina because I pass by 2,000 years of Roman architecture.

The Neighborhood to Wander In


Where to See Nature

Giardino Botanico

Clothing Stores

You can’t go wrong with all the shops in Via Monserrato.

For Book Lovers

Go to Antica Libreria Cascianelli, a bookstore in Largo Febo. It sells rare copies of Roman art books.

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