Panoramic view of the Trevi Fountain at night

Where to stay in Rome: the 5 best neighborhoods and districts

Rome’s timeless appeal as a travel destination lies in its ability to captivate all kinds of travelers. Its rich history, breathtaking architecture, and iconic landmarks make it a haven for history and culture buffs. Foodies revel in its delectable cuisine and couples can find romance in its charming streets and moonlit rivers. Families find it enchanting because they can discover both education and entertainment in its diverse attractions such as the Colosseum while night owls revel in its thriving late-night restraint and nightclub scene.

Whether you seek spiritual or religious solace, adventure, retail therapy, or never-ending food tours, Rome’s diversity and irresistible allure ensure that it welcomes and satisfies the desires of every traveler who sets foot in this eternal city.

Best areas for

Historic Centre (Centro Storico) for first-time visitors to Rome
Trastevere for couples visiting Rome
Piazza di Spagna for families traveling to Rome
Testaccio and San Lorenzo for enjoying nightlife in Rome
Via Condotti and Campo de’ Fiori for shopping in Rome

Historic Centre (Centro Storico)

For first-time visitors to Rome

Historic ruins of the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy, at dusk
Historic ruins of the Roman Forum in the historic centre of Rome.

Have you never visited Rome before? The best area to stay in Rome for first-time visitors depends on your preferences and interests, but Centro Storico (Historic Center) is the most central location for first-timers. This area includes popular attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. It is also well-connected by public transportation, including buses and the metro.

Places to stay in Centro Storico

You’ll find a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels so it can accommodate any kind of first-time traveler to Rome. It is perfect for those who want to be close to many of Rome’s famous landmarks and enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere at their doorstep.

Corso 281 Luxury Suites Roma gives the first-time travelers the best experience with their luxury suites and central location.

Trastevere

For couples visiting Rome

A hidden and picturesque alley in the ancient district of Trastevere, in the historic heart of Rome - the Eternal City

A hidden and picturesque alley in the ancient district of Trastevere, in the historic heart of the Eternal City

Couples visiting Rome may want to focus on areas that offer a romantic and charming atmosphere while still providing easy access to the city’s attractions. Here are some great areas to consider: Trastevere is often considered one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Rome.

Its narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and cozy trattorias create a charming and intimate ambiance. You can enjoy leisurely strolls along the Tiber River or explore the picturesque alleys hand in hand. Visit the Tiber River in the evenings and walk along the moon lit river and listen to live music. The neighborhood also offers a variety of romantic restaurants and wine bars.

Places to stay in Trastevere

You can find many affordable hotels on or near the river that would be perfect to unwind after a long day of exploring romantic Rome. Hotel Ripa Roma provides couples with a Romantic hotel that includes breakfast.

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

For families traveling to Rome

Piazza di Spagna - Spanish Steps - in Rome in the morning

Piazza di Spagna – Spanish Steps – in Rome in the morning

When traveling to Rome with your family, it’s important to choose an area that offers a family-friendly environment, easy access to attractions, and a range of amenities. We believe the best area to stay with children and family is the Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Steps. This area is central and provides easy access to many of Rome’s top attractions, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

You’ll find family-friendly restaurants and shopping options nearby and won’t need to access any public transportation to visit these. The Villa Borghese Gardens and Borghese Gallery are also within walking distance, offering a great place for kids to run and play and are great areas to escape the city heat.

Places to stay in Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna has many hotel options that are great for families traveling to Rome. The Inn at the Spanish Steps is perfect for families as it is centrally located and includes breakfast.

Testaccio and San Lorenzo

For nightlife in Rome

Ancient Pyramid of Cestius and San Paolo Gate (Porta San Paolo) in the Aurelian Wall in Rome, Italy
Ancient Pyramid of Cestius and San Paolo Gate (Porta San Paolo) in the Aurelian Wall in Rome

If you’re looking to experience Rome’s nightlife, you’ll want to stay in an area that offers a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and entertainment options. The two best areas to stay in Rome for nightlife are Testaccio and San Lorenzo. Testaccio has a reputation as a nightlife district, known for its many nightclubs, bars, and late-night eateries (foodies can rejoice!).

The neighborhood is particularly famous for its techno and electronic music clubs, making it a hub for dance music enthusiasts. San Lorenzo is near La Sapienza University and has a youthful and bohemian atmosphere. San Lorenzo is a great place for a night out with a more alternative and indie feel. You’ll find a variety of bars, pubs, and live music venues, often frequented by students and locals making it perfect for younger travelers and those on a budget.

Places to stay in Testaccio and San Lorenzo

Hotel San Giusto is a hotel in Testaccio in the centre of nightlife and also near La Sapienza University.

B&B Hotel Roma San Lorenzo Termini is perfect for those looking for nightlife on a budget in San Lorenzo.

Via Condotti and Campo de’ Fiori

For shopping in Rome

A glimpse of a beautiful, hidden stone square in the Campo de' Fiori neighborhood in the historic heart of Rome
A glimpse of a beautiful, hidden stone square in the Campo de’ Fiori neighborhood in the historic heart of Rome

If you’re interested in shopping while staying in Rome, you’ll want to consider areas that offer a variety of shopping options, from luxury boutiques to street markets. The best areas to stay in Rome for shopping are Via Condotti and Campo de’ Fiori.

Via Condotti is a prestigious shopping street that is near Piazza di Spagna It’s home to some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, making it a must-visit for luxury shopping.

Campo de’ Fiori is a historic square that has regular markets where you can find a variety of goods, including clothing, jewelry, and artisan crafts. You can explore unique boutiques and shops in the narrow streets surrounding these squares.

Places to stay near Via Condotti and Campo de’ Fiori

Hotel Condotti is located right on Via Condotti and will be best to those shopping until they drop due to its proximity.