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Where to Stay in Rome

Looking for a place to stay while visiting Rome? This helpful guide covers excellent areas to stay that would make a good base for exploring Rome.

Whether you need just a hotel room or a comfortable apartment, you'll be abled to find something that works for you in the text below.

Read on as we listed some of the best places that are well located, comfortable, super clean and have friendly staff.

Choose from exclusive Spanish Steps or Trevi area, authentic Monti or elegant Prati which is near Vatican. Or opt for quaint Trastevere, stylish Via Veneto or Termini station area. Everyone will find something for themselves.

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Spagna & Piazza del Popolo

Spanish Steps in Rome

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You can't get more central or safer than the area around Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo. Here, you'll be staying in one of the poshest parts of the city and as well as steps away from glorious Spanish Steps.

In the are you'll find great coffee bars, many luxury designer shops as well as art galleries. Plus, you’re within easy access of everywhere else you may want to go.

Nearby, you'll find streets dotted with luxury shops and Via del Corso that offers shops for all budgets (from famous brands to the cheapest stores).

In this area, you'll find many wonderful apartments and hotels, you'll love staying in. Just be prepared for paying more due to the very central location.

Places we recommend near Spagna:

Trevi district

Fontana di TreviFontana di Trevi

The Trevi district is a popular tourist destination due to its ancient history and numerous historical monuments, including the famous Trevi Fountain.

In addition to the fountain, visitors can explore the many squares, palaces, and churches in the area. There are also plenty of shopping streets, cafĂ©s and restaurants to enjoy. Via del Tritone is a long street lined with shops, culminating in Piazza Barberini with its Fountain of the Triton.

La Rinascente department store offers excellent shopping opportunities. In addition to souvenir shops, there are many charming traditional artisan boutiques located along the smaller alleys.

Places we recommend in Trevi area:

Via Veneto and nearby streets

Via Veneto in Rome

Via Veneto is one of the most elegant streets of Rome, leading from Villa Borghese Park all way down to Barberini metro stop. This street together with surrounding streets is a great choice for staying while is Rome as the area is quiet (you won't see tourist crowds here) and you can easily walk from here to main Roman sights. 

Along Via Veneto, you'll find luxury hotels, outdoor cafĂ©s and restaurants ideal for enjoying your Roman holiday. In the nearby streets, you'll find many small hotels and lots of places to eat and shop. 

Additional plus is that in only 15-20 minute walk, you are at Termini Station (if catching train to Fiumicino or other Italian cities).

Places we recommend in Via Veneto:


The Pantheon in Rome

The area round the Pantheon, situated in the historic centre, is among top places to stay in Rome. It's surrounded by top sights, as well as cafes, restaurants and gelato shops. From here you can easily reach on foot the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.

We would recommend this area to first-time visitors who want to see the major sights without using any public transport. It's ideal also for visitors with children. Choose from a range of luxury and mid-range hotels in the area.

Places we recommend near Pantheon:

Piazza Navona, Jewish Ghetto and Campo de' Fiori

Not so far from Campo de’ Fiori you can have a walk in the famous Navona square. A place where street artists, painters and acrobats liven up the atmosphere.

Places we recommend near Piazza Navona & Campo de' Fiori:

Monti (near Colosseum)

Monti in Rome

You'll love staying in Monti, as it can be great base for exploring Rome. Close to Termini station and only a short walk from the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia, this part of Rome has everything you need.

It's made of narrow streets packed with cosy cafés, eateries and small independent boutiques. In this vibrant but not overcrowded part of Rome, you can experience everyday life of Romans.

Via Cavour takes you from Basilica Santa Maria di Maggiore to Imperial Forums in the south.

Right in the middle of this street, you'll find Cavour metro stop from where you can take line B to Termini and change there to line A to reach Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi and Vatican.

In this area, you'll find some great hotels as well as apartments for affordable prices.

Places we recommend in Monti:

Vatican (San Pietro and Prati)

St Peter's Square and Basilica

Both San Pietro and Prati neighbourhoods are close to the Vatican.

San Pietro is quiet residential area situated south of Vatican with buildings and everyday amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies, pastry shops, cafĂ©s and restaurants.

From here it's easy to reach St. Peter's Square on foot (it's just 5-10 minute leisurely walk). There is San Pietro train station from where you can easily reach Termini (19-minute train ride). For reaching historic centre take city bus 64.

If you prefer to walk, just take Via della Conciliazione and walk until the bridge near Castel Sant'Angelo, cross and you'll be in the historic centre.

The Prati is neighbourhood situated north of Vatican, with elegant buildings, local craft shops and many nice restaurants and other eating places. It offers authentic experience of life in Rome with a blend of history, culture and daily life.

While the main street – Cola di Rienzo – is full of stores and commercial real estate, once you get deeper into the neighbourhood it gets quieter. On this street you'll find Coin department store as well as Castroni food store offering quality Italian food products you won't find in regular grocery stores.

The area is up-scale and residentials and is ideal if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the touristic centre. Here you'll find mid-range and luxurious hotels, quality restaurants and great shopping opportunities.

Places we recommend in Prati/San Pietro:

Close to Termini Station

Staying near Termini station is great if you need to have easy access to trains (such as trains to Florence, Venice, Naples...) and buses to other locations in Italy. It's also a great location for getting Leonardo Express non-stop train to Fiumicino Airport.

It's also a great base for sightseeing as you can walk to some nearby sights such as Colosseum and Roman Forum while for other you may need to use buses or metro. The Pantheon can be reach in only 20-minute walk from here (or 10-minute bus ride).

Here you'll be also within walking distance from Via Nazionale (large shopping street), Santa Maria Maggiore and Monti neighbourhood. From here you can reach Piazza di Spagna in only 20 minutes on foot (as well as Trevi Fountain).

The area immediately around the station and Via Marsala has mostly budget hotels that are great if you want to stay on budget in Rome.

The area in front of the station has several five star hotels overlooking large and beautiful squares such as monumental Piazza della Repubblica. These hotels are perfect for business stays or if you want some luxurious accommodation.

In this area you'll find a range of hotels, from budget one to luxurious.

Places we recommend near Termini:

Trastevere neighbourhood

where to stay trastevere

Across the river, on the Tiber’s right bank, Trastevere is an area of two halves.

West of Viale Trastevere, visitors flock in huge droves to its oh-so-picturesque alleys and gorgeous central square with ancient church by day, and to its oh-so-buzzing bars and restaurants by night.

East of the divide is altogether quieter, more contemplative: equally lovely, and also with fascinating churches and venerable, wisteria-covered palazzi, it’s a calmer version of picture-perfect Rome.

Trastevere neighbourhood has plenty to pique your interest. From the impressive Villa Farnesina that sits on the riverbank, with its work of art and pretty garden, to the Piazza Santa Maria, which comes alive at night with street performers. The streets that fan out from this square are dotted with restaurants, bars and cafĂ©s, so you’ll have your pick of places.

Trastevere is not served by metro (there are 2 metro stops a short walk from there: Piramide and Circo Massimo (both on line B). From Piramide, walk along the Via Marmorata across Ponte Sublico. Or take tram no.3 to Viale Trastevere. The other stop is Circo Massimo; from here you take the Via Circo Massimo which will take you towards the Ponte Palatino.

Places we recomment in Trastevere:

Testaccio neighbhourhood

where to stay testaccio

Testaccio neighbourhood is the least touristy part of Rome and it's not as central as the others. This is mostly residential district and is ideal for those whole like to stay somewhere quiet. This is probably not the first choice of first timers to Rome.

Testaccio has a great location for exploring Rome. It's near sights such as Piazza Venezia, the Circus Maximus and the Jewish Ghetto. While here explore local food shops and local trattorias (serving authentic Italian meals). We recommend taking a walking food tour to find out the best food places in the area.

Testaccio can be reached from Termini by bus 170 (direction Agricoltura) and get off at the stop named "Branca" or by metro line B (direction Laurentina) and get off at "Piramide" stop (the journey takes 5 minutes). From this metro stop, Testaccio is just a short walk away.

Places we recommend in Testaccio:

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