The Best Area To Stay In Rome For First Time Visitors And Repeats

Wondering where to start when it comes to finding the best area to stay in Rome? Here's our inside guide to the best neighbourhoods in Rome to help you out, together with advice on Rome hotels, rooms and restaurants. There's even a map as well. 

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The Best Area to Stay in Rome

Looking for a quick answer? My top pick for the best neighbourhood in Rome for first time visitors Trastevere. It avoids the crush of the centre, offers authenticity with a splash of romantic charm, and is well connected to the rest of the city. It also has great food.

I've also put my top pick of the best places to stay in Rome at the top for you as well if you're in a rush. Otherwise, read on…

Where to Stay in Rome: Quick Guide including Hotels

The Best Area to Stay in Rome for Couples

  • With roaring fires for winter and a rooftop terrace when the sun shines, Hotel Locarno is a great place to stay for a romantic break.

The Best Place to Stay in Rome for Families

  • Italy is a great place for families, with a mediterranean vibe that counts children as people too. That said, it helps to stay in a place that has a lift and, depending on age, a kitchen. Suites Trastevere offers access to the shared kitchen and has great transport options.

The Best Place to Stay in Rome for Luxury

  • Most of our choices include a touch of luxury, but the St Regis Rome holds the accolade for Rome's first hotel, opening in 1894. All these years later, it's still going strong with chandeliers and glass ceilings aplenty.

The Best Place to stay in Rome for a Quirky Stay

  • The G-Rough prides itself on design, with a focus on Italian design between the 1930s-1950s. Expect pops of colour amid crumbling stone near Piazza Navona.

The Best Hotel in Rome with a Pool

  • The Rome Cavalieri – Waldorf Astoria – has a gorgeous indoor and outdoor pool as well as great views across the skyline of Rome. It is a little out of town, though, which can be a blessing or a curse.

A Guide to Neighbourhoods in Rome

The Best Area for Atmosphere

Trastevere is the place of Italian soft-focus postcard shots. It's where you'll find tumbling flowers, crumbling stone, lanterns, laughter and fresh food markets. 

It's close enough to allow you to walk to the key sights of Rome. But far enough out to make you feel less of a processed, salami-sliced tourist. It's also a good spot for nightlife, but not too intrusive if you're travelling as a family.


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