Deciding where to stay in Rome is no easy feat. Rome has 22 districts, or rioni. Each neighborhood has a distinct personality, price tag and atmosphere to consider when you pick your temporary home in Italy’s capital city. This guide will provide you with the key info you need to decide where to stay in Rome.
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Rome’s Top Neighborhoods
While there are 22 rioni, or districts, in Rome, most visitors to the Eternal City stay in less than half of these. Deciding where to stay in Rome is easier once you’ve narrowed your choices down.
The Spanish Steps and their surrounding neighborhood are widely regarded as the most beautiful part of Rome. Neoclassical buildings in beautiful condition line the streets. Home to most of the major sites first-time visitors to Rome want to see, staying here is advantageous.
Simply walk out the door and find yourself instantly immersed in the gorgeous and historic heart of the Eternal City. This is THE main shopping district in Rome. If you’re a fashionista, Via Condotti hosts some of the best haute-couture shopping in Europe.
Best Hotels Near Spanish Steps:
- Hotel Margutta 19
- Grand Hotel Plaza
- Babuino 181
- Hotel Valadier
- Hotel Borgognoni
- Hotel Caprice
- La Maison d’Art Spagna
A hipster hotspot, Monti is filled with artists and Romans lucky enough to inherit apartments along the pastel-colored streets. Despite the fact that Monti borders Rome’s major tourist attractions like the Colosseum, the neighborhood is a quiet treasure. The name “Monti” translates as “mountains” in English. The area was home to four of the seven famous hills that once made up the city of Rome. If your idea of a good time is exploring vintage clothing stores, consider staying in Monti.
- See our full Monti neighborhood guide here.
Best Hotels Near Monti:
Rome’s most enchanting neighborhood is centered around the Baroque-style Piazza Navona. From well-kept Renaissance architecture to impressive fountains, this area is a sensory overload of beauty. Piazza Navona and the Pantheon could easily be split into two areas, but they share many features. Like the Spanish Steps, this is the spot for luxury. The rates are among the highest in Rome for posh hotels, chic B&Bs and upscale private apartments.
Best Hotels Near Piazza Navona/Pantheon:
Across from Vatican City lies Prati, a calm and elegant modern Roman neighborhood. Perfect for anyone planning a religious trip or for groups of elderly people who might encounter trouble with old buildings that lack elevators, Prati is one of Rome’s best-kept secrets.
This is also one of the few districts in Rome not overtaken by tourism. This is surprising because the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica are located right here. The neighborhood also doesn’t look like a typical postcard of Rome, but it doesn’t lack charm with its modern European charm and its high-end shopping street, Via Cola di Rienzo.
- See our full Vatican neighborhood guide here.
Best Hotels Near Prati
Trastevere, whose name translates to “beyond the Tiber”, is a charming, bohemian neighborhood. Filled with great spots for food and drink, plus a plethora of independent shops, the atmosphere is hip and social. Trastevere has a buzzing nightlife scene for tourists and locals alike.
In fact, our best Rome food tour takes place right here, exploring the best food in the neighborhood. Stay here if your idea of a perfect neighborhood is more offbeat than glamorous, and you enjoy a lively and friendly atmosphere with picturesque cobblestone streets.
- See our full Trastevere neighborhood guide here.
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