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Rome’s Complete Neighbourhood Guide

View of Vatican

Rome, the Eternal City, is full of charming streets and neighborhoods. Though, deciding which area of the city to stay in can be confusing, especially for first-timers. Rome is made up of 22 districts, but for those visiting the city, we recommend narrowing your search down to the center. Rome is a city meant to be explored by foot, so basing your stay in a central neighborhood will make sightseeing, dining out, and exploring that much more enjoyable.

 

Each rione (district) of Rome comes with its’ own feel and price point. When deciding which neighborhood is the right fit for your trip, determine the type of neighborhood you are looking for, your budget, and which sites you want to be most accessible to.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN ROME, ITALY

 

Centro Storico – Directly translated to “historical center,” this is one of the most popular districts. As far as location, it is definitely the most convenient and walkable to nearly all historic sites and surrounding neighborhoods. Centro Storico includes sites like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Trevi Fountain. Although, as a result of its’ central location, the price point can be higher than average for both food and accommodation.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Walkability to Rome’s major sites
  • Dense restaurant area

 

Trastevere – Just across the river lies one of Rome’s trendier neighborhoods. This rione is great for local shopping, dining out, and a vivacious bar scene. Due to it being one of the most popular nightlife scenes in Rome, it can become noisy after hours. Price point is, on average, higher due to its recent popularity amongst both trendy locals and visitors alike.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Vibrant bar scene
  • Dense restaurant area
  • Local shopping

 

Tridente and Via Veneto – Considered to be one of Rome’s most upscale neighborhoods, this may be your neighborhood of choice if you’re looking to indulge in a luxury experience. Technically, this sector of Rome is still part of Centro Storico, though is a more northern zone that has its’ unique qualities. If designer shopping, staying in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps, and accommodation price point is not an issue, this may be your ideal location.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Luxury shopping
  • Boutique and luxury accommodations
  • Walkability to Rome’s major sites

 

Monti – Just north of the Colosseum, Monti is the perfect place for anyone looking to explore Rome’s ancient history and integrate into Rome’s local culture. Being the oldest district in Rome, it is not only full of historical value but also a bustling local area. This includes boutique shopping, local restaurants, and vibrant bars.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Walkable to ancient Roman sites
  • Local and boutique shopping
  • Lively bar scene

 

Termini and Esquilino – The area surrounding Rome’s Termini train station is both inexpensive and convenient for travelers going in and out of the city. However, this area is not as charming as the rest of Rome. In addition, it is not as great for walking and sightseeing within the city. For this reason, the accommodations are much more affordable compared to other districts.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Convenient access in and out of Rome
  • Affordable accommodation

 

Vatican City and Prati – The area directly surrounding Vatican City, known as Borgo, is very touristy. Though, just a few blocks away is Prati, which is a great option for those looking for a more residential area. Prati is well connected with the metro and bus routes and is located across the river from the historical center. It’s also walkable to both the Vatican and Piazza del Popolo. This is a great choice if your stay is centered on the Vatican.

 

Stay Here If You’re Looking for:

  • Quieter neighborhood
  • Vicinity to the Vatican
  • Affordable accommodation