Tucked away on a side street near Campo de’ Fiori lies Arco degli Acetari (“the vinegar-makers arch”), a tiny hidden courtyard with a lot of charm. This little medieval jewel is quintessentially Roman – the buildings have a warm palette of red, burnt orange and ocher walls (peeling in all their glory), tiny narrow staircases leading up to rounded wooden doors, draped laundry and an array of plants whose rich jewel-tone greens contrast nicely with the colors of the houses.
The courtyard feels like a relic of the past and you almost expect to hear a horse-drawn cart rolling beside you and shouts of sellers at the nearby market. In fact this scene is more commonly seen in nearby villages than in the city. Arco degli Acetari is often on postcards because it is so photogenic but come here in person to feel the space for yourselves. You just need to find the dark archway on Via del Pellegrino and step inside to feel transported to another era in Rome.