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The ancient city of Rome has long drawn visitors to its shores; it is a bastion of human progress over the last 3000 years, it is the head of the Catholic church, the site of countless famed movie scenes, and still holds its place as both a world city and an incredibly romantic destination. Pleasing to couples, wandering travellers, history buffs, families and even friendship groups, you’ll find that eventually all roads to indeed lead to Rome.

Knowing where to stay in the city can be a little tricky, almost everyone stays in the Centro Storico (historical centre) but this is divided up into several different sections, and where you choose to book a hotel will depend on what you want to be closest to.

Where should you stay in Rome?

Central

Though not technically a neighbourhood, this part of the city is what you would consider the heart of Centro Storico, it is right by the celebrated Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Because of this area’s proximity to most of the city’s major attractions, it is the most sought after; you can find luxury hotels here, as well as more modest options, but all will generally charge higher prices than other parts of the city due to the location.

Aside from the attractions though, this is a bustling and exciting part of the city, with tons of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as a good range of shops. This is a spectacular part of the city, and if you choose to stay here, you will get the chance to be right in the middle of where the ancient Romans once conducted their races and attended temple in this historic part of Rome.

Monti and Celio

Though no longer the central part of the city, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are where the ancient Romans had their original city centre. There aren’t that many options for accommodation in the direct area of these sites, partially because there aren’t that many dining options either, so nearby Monti and Celio are the neighbourhoods most people stay in if they want to be close to these remarkable sites. In these two areas you will find lively restaurants, lovely boutiques and wonderful trattorias, and a decent nightlife, especially in Monti.  

Campo dei Fiori and the Jewish Ghetto

A bit of a gem, this area is really close to the lovely Piazza Farnese and the ancient ruins of the city. It is far less touristy than the area around Piazza Navona, and you’ll find that the Jewish Quarter especially has a great atmosphere, affordable hotels, and lots of new and hip restaurants.  

Stazioni Termini

The most affordable place to stay in the city is right around the main train station, but this is a part of Rome that is generally not recommended unless you are on a really tight budget. If you do decide to stay here, Esquilino and Tiburtino are the neighbourhoods that are up and coming around the station area and tend to be less edgy than the other areas nearby.  

Prati and the Vatican City

People don’t tend to stay in the Vatican City (technically a sovereign state under the Pope), but if they do, they stay in the Borgo Pio area. However, Borgo Pio is only really worth staying in if you are intending to spend most of your holiday exploring the Vatican. The nightlife, as you’d expect, is pretty quiet here, and Borgo Pio doesn’t have a reputation for great dining like other parts of the city. If you’re set on staying near the Vatican, then there is the Prati district not to far from here and that offers economical hotels and tends to be a little livelier, with far more restaurants and some shopping streets to boot.  

Transportation in Rome

Despite the Italian reputation for being a little disorganised, the transportation in the city is extensive, reasonably priced and works well. You can take the Metro, buses and trams or taxis, all of which run to most corners of this city. Though you’ll find a lot of the major sites are within walking distance of one another.