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15 Best Areas & Neighborhoods

St. Peter's Basilica, Saint Angelo Bridge and Tiber River in the sunset.

Ah, Rome; the Eternal City, known for its Spanish Steps, central church, and many a fountain— a prominent one goes by the name of Trevi. We’re sure you’ve heard of it, haven’t you? Even if you haven’t, everyone’s due for a wish… so toss that coin over your shoulder, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Rome is one of the most beloved, beautiful places in the world, and traveling there is a must-do for any sightseer. From its historic heights to its palm trees, there are plenty of things to explore, and it’s important to choose a central place to stay. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of where to stay in Rome alongside the best areas and neighborhoods for you to explore.

Below, we get into the nitty-gritty details about what hotels and B&Bs we recommend, depending on your needs. Likewise, we consider what’s appropriate for families, couples, and the best places to scratch that explorer’s itch. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget!


Best Areas to Stay in Rome:

  • Best area for first-timers/tourists – Piazza Navona
  • Best area for budget travelers – Esquilino
  • Best area for luxury travelers – Trastevere
  • Best area for safety – Prati
  • Best area for families – Aventino
  • Best area for couples – Centro Storico
  • Best area for foodies – Trastevere
  • Best area for nightlife – Trastevere

Best Places to Stay in Rome:

These six accommodations prioritize convenience in location, style, and flair unlike any others, so each one made our list of expert picks.

Areas and Neighborhoods in Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, Saint Angelo Bridge and Tiber River in the sunset.
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As you make your way downtown, exploring the many options before you, it becomes apparent just how large Rome is. There is a litany of places to see, all stretching far beyond the Tiber River and the famed Roman Forum.

Ancient Rome was big, so it should be no surprise that current Rome is gigantic, too. When it comes time to pick the neighborhood you’d like to stay in, how do you decide, and what do you need to know? We’ll help you narrow it down.

It can be said that all of Rome’s neighborhoods are the “best.” They’re unique in their own ways, fantastical and historic, and completely within walking distance of so many sights, but what are the most conveniently located places, close to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, or Villa Borghese Park? We’ve got the…

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