There’s about a million and one different hotels, B&Bs and apartments in Rome which you can stay in, meaning that deciding where to rest your weary head after a long day travelling can become something of a complicated decision. To help make life a best easier for you, here’s an explanation of what staying in the different areas of Rome is like.
The centre’s undoubtedly more expensive than other areas of the city, but has the advantage of having all the biggest tourist attractions at your doorstep – you’ll definitely spend less on transport. Although it can be somewhat crowded, the area is also a charming place to stay, especially if you’re visiting Rome for the first time. The most sought-after places to stay in Rome’s old quarter can be found around the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona. If you fancy spending a little less, as you move over towards the Coliseum, you’ll find that prices tend to fall.
Surprisingly, the area around the Vatican is a quiet zone, slightly out of the tourist crowds, which will allow you to discover Rome in a slightly different, more authentic way. Take into account, however, that to see many of Rome’s different sights and attractions, you’ll have to spend more time travelling, although the city offers very good public transport.
Also slightly out of the centre, the district of Trastevere has become very fashionable of late. This area is a warren of bars and restaurants, is as charming by night as it is by day – an excellent choice for those who wish to experience the nocturnal, as well as the diurnal, sides to the city.
Termini and San Lorenzo
If you’re on a tighter budget, one of the most wallet-friendly places to stay in Rome, is the area of Termini and San Lorenzo. This part of the city is also still fairly close to the centre, and it’s very well connected to other areas. It has a slightly dodgy reputation, but despite the fact that it’s not the safest area in the city, it’s not particularly dangerous either if you use a bit of common sense.
There’s also other areas of Rome you can stay in, of course. These, however, are the main ones, which offer the greatest amount of options when it comes to experiencing the city.