How to find your happy place to stay in Rome

It's so hard to decide... In Rome, as in any large city which is also a major tourist destination, there's a wide choice of accommodation, with great differences in quality and price. So it can't hurt to think about your main considerations.
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What should you consider when looking for accommodation in Rome?

  • The Eternal City is quite big, so it’s very important that you can easily and quickly reach the most interesting sights from your place.

  • If you prefer walking, you should stay in the city centre.

  • If you find a nice accommodation in a suburb, it should be close to the metro (in Rome, the metro runs quite frequently, while waiting for buses will only make your beard grow).

  • There can be big differences in prices: in the city centre and near the most popular attractions, you’ll pay more for the same quality than in other parts.

  • You can find all kinds of accommodation in Rome, from five-star hotels to hostels.

City centre (centro storico)

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  • Almost all the famous sights are in the wider city centre: the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain…

  • You’ll also find restaurants, cafés and entertainment everywhere around the next corner. It’s good to pay attention, the typical tourist traps can be found here.

  • Because of the abundance of attractions, there are a lot of people in the city centre, especially tourists. This makes it difficult to find a quiet area.

  • A big advantage is that everything is close by when you live here: Rome is practically within walking distance.

  • Of course, this is where you’ll have to pay the most for your accommodation, as it’s the most expensive part of the city.

Prati Vaticano

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  • This is also on the other side of the Tevere, near the Vatican and Hadrian’s mausoleum (Castel Sant’Angelo).

  • An elegant neighbourhood with beautiful architecture and Art Nouveau.

  • If you like a pleasant lifestyle, many exclusive shops, wine bars, cocktail lounges and gourmet restaurants await you here.

  • This is also an ideal place to visit the Vatican.

  • It’s a quiet and safe part of the city, but due to the proximity of the Vatican, there are many tourists.

  • You can also find simple, cheap rooms here, given out by nuns.


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  • This district is further from the city centre, but fortunately easy to reach by metro or even train.

  • It’s a lively, youthful district with restaurants, bars and discos.

  • As a special feature, you can see some street art and graffiti during your walk.

  • The simple, poorer people who used to live here were despised for a long time, but today it’s one of the most popular neighbourhoods.

  • It’s considered a good district and since it’s not close to the city centre, it awaits travellers with cheaper accommodation.

  • Visit also the Garbatella, this particularly characteristic part of the city, with many small low houses, parks, gardens – as if we weren’t in busy Rome at all.

San Lorenzo

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  • Since most of Rome’s universities are located here, it’s the most popular part of the city for young people.

  • If you want to party in Rome, this is the place to be as it’s the biggest nightlife in the city.

  • Another big advantage is that the Termini train station is close by.

  • Accommodation is more in line with young people’s budgets.


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  • There’s not a lot of accommodation in this affluent part of Rome, and the ones you do find aren’t necessarily cheap either.

  • It’s close to Villa Borghese and the Rai headquarters.

  • Many filmmakers, TV personalities, politicians and artists have luxurious villas here, so you can also walk around just out of curiosity.


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  • Rome’s largest and perhaps most famous neighbourhood is the lively and popular Trastevere.

  • As the name suggests, it’s located on the other side of the Tiber (Tevere in Italian).

  • The neighbourhood is best known for its restaurants, where you can try typical Roman dishes at good prices.

  • The characteristic Roman cobblestone streets (sampietrini) exude an atmosphere full of character.

  • Due to its popularity, there are also many tourists here, but you’ll find authentic Rome, with locals and real life.

  • Although it’s on the other side of the river, it’s still close to the city centre, so accommodation here’s a good starting point.

  • As it’s not directly in the city centre, accommodation here’s also a bit cheaper.


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  • Staying near Rome’s main train station is a strategic choice, as not only trains arrive here, but there’s also a metro line.

  • There’s also usually cheaper accommodation here.

  • It can be useful to take a look at the immediate surroundings of the accommodation you want to book, as the area around the train stations isn’t one of the most attractive places in any city.

  • Although there are no attractions here, you can easily reach the city centre by car or even in about ten minutes on foot.


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  • What used to be a noisy neighbourhood has turned into one of the cosiest parts of Rome.

  • It’s close to the Colosseum and the ancient forums.

  • Here you can find everything from antique shops to aperitifs.


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  • This is perhaps the liveliest and most genuine part of Rome, where real locals live.

  • Its special feature is the Monte dei Cocci, a hill made of discarded Roman amphora fragments.

A window to the main tourist attractions

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