Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Rome is the capital of Italy, a city with no borders. Its other name is 'The Eternal City'. It was built in 753 BC. Rome is a city of contrasts and possibilities. It is easy to find almost everything in it. At first glance, this is a historical center, but much more is hidden behind its walls. On the one hand, you can see the same Rome that you saw in films and on postcards. It is chic, pretentious among the many sculptures of great masters. On the other hand, it is warm, cozy, homely, the place where the soul is calm. On the third hand, Rome is not very welcoming and hidden. In our ranking, we have selected the best areas for tourists. There you will find many pleasant discoveries, delicious places. The main thing is not to swim in the fountains: a fine of 500 euros.
- Ranking of the best areas for tourists in Rome
- Prati, Vatican
- Via Veneto
- Re di roma
Ranking of the best areas for tourists in Rome
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|Ranking of the best areas for tourists in Rome||1||Navona-Pantheon||5.0|
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Navona Pantheon is not the official name of the area. In our rating, we have highlighted it separately for convenience, so that you can see more attractions. It is known as the cultural center of the city, famous for fountains and architectural treasures. Film buffs can recognize most of the attractions from Angels and Demons. In the center of the squares, the whole main tourist life is in full swing, very rarely there are moments when there are few people.
The area is convenient for living. Because you will visit the center in any case, and living there, you can save on travel and at the same time enjoy the atmosphere. Accommodation prices are varied, it is easy to find both an expensive hotel and a cheap hostel. Therefore, if you are not confused by the crowds of tourists, and you want to always be in the center of events, we recommend staying in the Navona-Pantheon area. Moreover, it is convenient in terms of transport.
Food is doing well because there are many 'fast food' cafes and small restaurants. The menu is preferably Italian or European. The invariable rule about coffee is: at the counter it is cheaper than ordering to the table.
Thanks to the attractions of the central area, a fountain of emotions and many good photos await you. There are so many of them that a whole book is needed to describe them. Piazza Navona is one of the central squares in Rome. It is decorated with fountains and various historical buildings and statues. It was built on the site of an ancient arena. Therefore, from a bird's eye view, the square looks like a stadium. Since 1400 it has been used as a retail space, a place for celebrations. A Christmas market takes place in Piazza Navona in December.
The Pantheon is originally a pagan temple of all the gods. In the 7th century it was consecrated, it became one of the Holy Places of Rome and escaped destruction. Rafael Santi is buried in the chapels. The dome attracts tourists' attention. It is tall, without windows – except for one hole in the middle, there are no more light sources.
Palazio Pamphili is one of the most beautiful and splendid buildings in Rome. Built by Pope Innocent X for his daughter-in-law. Officially, the house belongs to the government of Brazil, and their embassy is located there. To visit, you need to book a place on the site in advance, it is better to do this at least a month in advance.
The Neptune Fountain is located in the northern zone of Piazza Navona. It is small, but its history is interesting. It took more than one century to assemble the fountain in the form it is now in Rome.
The Four Rivers Fountain is one of the main controversies between Barromini and Bernini. He is called the main slap in the face from Bernini for Barromini in creativity.
- There are a lot of different attractions.
- Convenient transport system.
- District in the cultural center of the city.
- There are always a lot of tourists.
Prati is Rome for its own. Despite its high place in our ranking, Prati is not well known among tourists. You will not find famous statues and buildings in it. But it is in this area that you can enjoy life, take a break from the hustle and bustle near the historic center. On one side is the Vatican – the center of the Catholic faith and a separate state. The main gate is in the Borogo area, so Prati is quieter. But from it there is access to the Vatican museums. Also nearby is the Castel Sant'Angelo, once the tallest building in Rome. Crossing the Tiber, you will find yourself in historical centers, for example, at Navona Square, and there is also the Pantheon nearby. Therefore, those who are sad about good photos should only take a few steps away from the area.
Prati is the shopping and business center of the city. Via Cola di Rienzo is the main street with boutiques and shops of famous brands. Therefore, if you do not want to buy a copy from obscure merchants, then now you know where to go. There are many small cafes and a couple of good restaurants on site. Food and lodging prices are lower than in the historic areas. But on the other hand, it is easier to find accommodation here at a good price near the Vatican. There are many small markets with fresh vegetables and fruits in the area.
In the evenings, the area transforms with pubs and bars. They have their own atmosphere, they are calmer, live music plays. Therefore, Prati is suitable for those who do not need old Rome outside the window, who want average prices for housing and food close to attractions.
- Almost next to the cultural center of Rome.
- Compromise prices for food and housing.
- Few attractions.
Informal Rome. The area is located near the historic center, but it has a completely different atmosphere. Previously, it was considered not very popular, but over the years the place has been developing. Like Prati, this is actually an area with no attractions: there are some interesting churches and statues, but they cannot compete with the Four Rivers Fountain or the Colosseum. Monti is a district of artists, galleries, wine, pubs and nightlife. Monti combines fashionable movements, Italian traditions and new technologies.
It should be noted right away that it is better to forget about the car. The entire road in the area is made of paving stones, like in St. Peter's Square. Some areas are closed for travel, so public transport, cycling or walking remains. Everything is done with young people in mind: themed cafes that are combined with boutiques, pubs, clubs and other places. In the center is the Piazza Modonna dei Monti. At first glance, there is nothing to pay attention to: there are no those delightful fountains, as in Piazza Navona. But locals prefer to use it as a place for meetings, gatherings, and in the evening Modona dei Monti becomes a large open-air cafe.
The area is serious about food. Therefore, there are mostly 'slow food' establishments where you can sit down to think, take a break from the hustle and bustle. Many cafes are made with the expectation of visiting two people at one table. This is why many pubs use a grab a friend sign. Gourmets expect pleasant prices no higher than average for food and wine. Also in the middle of the streets is a butcher shop that supplies meat to the president. In Monti, they buy original souvenirs, as it is full of various artisans. If you are an early riser – the area is not for you, because they drink and walk in it until late at night.
- The center of Rome's nightlife.
- During the day it is quiet, calm and measured here.
- Not suitable for larks, as it is noisy at night.
How to combine pleasant relaxation, silence and sightseeing? The answer lies in the Celio area. It is next to Monti, where you can relax at night and have an unusual time. The advantage of Celio over others is that you live close to the best views in the city and practically in silence. The presence of a tourist area does not interfere with enjoying your vacation. The area itself is narrow, so there are many streets in it. And they all lead to the famous Roman landmarks. Celio is a universal opportunity to combine living in the center with a quiet life.
Prices range from average to slightly higher. This will allow you to find accommodation at a good price and with a view of the Colosseum. The houses are mostly of the old type with pots, balconies and trees. The hero of the film 'The Great Beauty' lived in one of these buildings. Transport in the area is tight, but easy to get around on foot. It is more profitable because you can wait for a bus for more than one hour. Also, Celio is enveloped in an unusual atmosphere: the residents are free from prejudices, so do not be surprised by the gay-friendly theme.
As in the Navona area, Celio is home to many of Rome's heritage. The Colosseum is one of the main attractions. There are practically no people who have not heard about him. It was built back in 72 BC. The famous phrase 'bread and circuses' is associated with it, because there were gladiator fights, and all spectators were given bread.
Basilica of Saint Clement is one of the hidden churches. She is rarely mentioned in guidebooks. It is located near the Colosseum. Consists of several levels and keeps many secrets of old Rome.
The courtyard of the church of Santi Quattro Coronati is a monastery complex of extraordinary history and beauty. It is magnificent in itself, but do not forget to visit its courtyard and feel the atmosphere.
Arc de Triomphe of Constantine – it will not take much of your attention, but you must visit it. Because the story is unusual even for Rome: it is the only arch built to celebrate the victory in a civil war, not an external war.
- Quiet small area near the center.
- No prejudice among the residents.
- Nice housing prices.
- Little public transport.
Via Veneto is an area for the beautiful and the wealthy. Throughout history, its purpose has not changed. At first, it was a luxurious suburb for recreation; all famous aristocrats build houses on the street. By the 20th century, the place of luxury villas was taken by hotels. Therefore, the zone is suitable for those who want to relax with five stars plus. The prices here are appropriate – you don't have to look for a hostel. Restaurants are given priority over cafes. Embassies of many countries are located here. For a long time, the street was a meeting place for stars. And although over the years they began to appear there less, Via Veneto is still considered one of the most exquisite and beautiful places.
Today the area is calm, this is the place where people rest beautifully and in silence. Glory to the street brought the film 'Sweet Life'. Therefore, in the 50s, there was nowhere for an apple to fall. The success has passed, and Via Veneto has become just a place of luxury rest. But those who want to repeat the path of the hero of the film can sign up for special excursions.
Despite its small size, the area is convenient for walking and pleasant conversation. There are not many attractions here, but there are enough of them to take beautiful photos and not bump into crowds of tourists.
The Crypt of the Capuchins is a terrifying and delightful sight. It shows that death must be viewed with respect. The place is not for the faint of heart, because the crypt is 'decorated' with human remains.
Church of Santa Maria della Conchezione – fully reflects the atmosphere of the area: luxurious, beautiful with unusual images.
Casino del Aurora is the former residence of one of the cardinals. Its ceiling is worth a separate article, because when you go inside, you may decide that it is not.
The Bee Fountain is the work of the famous Italian sculptor Bernini. After walking a little to the side, you will find his other creation – the 'Triton' fountain.
- Quiet elite area.
- Enough interesting sights.
- Everything is very expensive.
Trastevere is called 'Rome from a postcard'. This is a two-in-one area. Because on the one hand, this is the very Rome – bright, alive. On the other hand, it is a quiet place to relax. Trastevere is located away from the main historical centers. Therefore, if squares are important to you, then the area is not for you. You can reach them in 30 minutes or more. But this is not a hindrance for those who love morning walks: it is enough to cross the bridge over the Tiber, and you are in old Rome. It is colorful, friendly, famous for its food. There are many restaurants and cafes of different price categories, so there is always something for breakfast. The same goes for the place of residence: a wide variety from expensive hotels to home-style hostels. But you have to be careful, because the popularity of the area is growing, and so are the prices.
It is important to choose your sleeping area carefully because the nighttime part of the area can be noisy until early in the morning. Look carefully for a place to eat, because cafe owners like to pass off convenience foods as homemade food. The quarter combines comfort, noise, ample opportunities and several beautiful places. Therefore, if you are interested in the culture of the city, you will find something to see.
Church of San Pietro in Montorio – according to legend, stands on the site of the crucifixion of St. Peter, combines works of different eras.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is the first official church in Rome and the heritage of the Trastevere quarter. If you settled in it, then you will not pass by, but also look inside.
The observation deck on the Gianicolo hill is a beautiful and noticeable place. Most of the sights can be seen from here. Ceremonial shooting can be watched every day at 12 noon.
Villa Farnesina is one of the finest examples of Renaissance construction. Many famous masters, for example, Raphael, worked on the beauty of the villa.
- A multifaceted area for those who love the unexpected.
- You can find accommodation and food for every wallet.
- It can be noisy at night.
Termini is an area for further travel. Mainly expats, students and tourists live here. It stands in the area of the city's central station, so there are always a lot of people here. We recommend paying attention to it for those who need to travel a lot, need cheap accommodation or those who are afraid of being late for their flight. Termini is a district of all nationalities. It's hard to call it real Rome, because a mixture of cultures takes place here. Here you can meet Russians, Arabs, Chinese and many more. The area has a wide variety of cuisines. Prices are lower than elsewhere in Rome. But here you shouldn't hope for silence. The quarter is located between the areas of Castro Pretio and Esquilino, for a safer and more relaxing stay, it is better to be closer to the second. In the first one there are many dark streets and noise. Termini is the best option for a quick one-night trip, because you won't spend a lot of money, but you can easily get to the corner of the country or the world you need.
Be careful with ticket machines. Decide right away whether you pay by card or cash and join the appropriate queue. Better to use a card, because the machine may not always have change. There are no special attractions, but we found the Basilica of Saint Praxeda for you. This is one of the oldest churches in Rome. They say that it contains a pillar to which Christ was tied.
- Close to the train station, easy access to any part of the city.
- Inexpensive housing and food.
- Very noisy, many different people meet.
The area lies between the Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo. It has a special atmosphere of holiness. It is in Borgo that the gateway to the Vatican is located. Therefore, it is noisy and many people walk along it every day. It is an alternative to the quieter Prati area. Despite the abundance of tourists, its location is convenient: it is easy to walk to the historical centers, and it immediately runs into the Vatican. Therefore, for those who came to visit this small state, Borgo is the best solution for housing.
In terms of prices, the area is pleasantly surprising: they are at an average level, so you can easily move into a good hostel. A large number of cafes will satisfy any stomach. There are also boutiques, markets, souvenirs and more. So if you are comfortable with the daytime noise, you will love Borgo. After a long walk through the Vatican, there is nothing better than settling down in a cafe with a glass of wine and relaxing. Borgo is close to the Vatican, but it has a ton of attractions.
Castel Sant'Angelo – it is easy to recognize it from the film 'Angels and Demons'. It was built in the 2nd century, so it hides many secrets. Throughout its history, the castle was a tomb, a prison, the residence of the Pope.
Pasetto di Borgo is a wall that is directly connected to the Vatican. This is a secret passage, with its help the Pope could easily escape for his safety.
Reconciliation Street – its history is not so long: it appeared in the 20th century under the Nazis. It symbolizes the unification of religious and secular power. This is the main street of Borgo.
Palazzo Castelleza is a stately building on the main avenue on the way to St. Peter's Basilica. Throughout its history, it has been a college, a nursing home, and an embassy.
- Very close to the Vatican.
- Food and accommodation prices are quite reasonable.
- Noisy day and night.
- Not too many attractions.
Re di roma
The Re Di Roma area is calm and family friendly. It is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle and popular attractions. But at the same time, he wants them to be available. Everything is built around the piazza Re Di Roma. It often hosts exhibitions and various competitions. Therefore, the zone combines a cultural holiday and a family atmosphere. On the other hand, the metro is located nearby, which makes it easy to get in the right direction. A pleasant walk in 30 minutes will allow you to reach the historical centers and visit the Piazza Navona-Pantheon. Nearby are the areas of Celio and Monti. In the first, you will find many of the architectural treasures of Rome. In the second you will find galleries, nightlife, pubs.
We recommend the area for those who want to immerse themselves in the daily life of Rome. Suitable for those who come for a long time. Apartments for rent at reasonable prices. Nearby are famous fast food chains and fast food restaurants.
For those who want to see something not from the famous symbols of Rome, we recommend visiting the Lateran Basilica. This is an ancient cathedral that houses the throne of the Pope. Also on the other side is Santa Croce in Jerusalimme. Admission is free, it contains Christian relics, for example, thorns from the wreath of Christ.
- Ideal area for family living.
- Metro within walking distance.
- Few attractions.
Jewish zone of Rome. Historically, in the 16th century, this piece of land was limited to the residence of Jews. This continued during the Second World War. But, despite not the most pleasant story, the Jewish center is located in the Ghetto. It is also called the Saint Angel area, but do not confuse it with the castle near the Vatican.
The area is distinguished by its luxury, slightly bohemian life and delicious food. The Jewish-Roman cuisine from the Ghetto is famous all over the world. Special attention is paid to artichoke dishes. Fish soup is also popular. The area is rich, so everything is always cleaned in it, there are many places for photographing. And the ghetto is also as safe as possible. The prices are above average. It mainly houses boutiques, hotels, art salons and restaurants. The Ghetto has the best and most delicious food. You will be greeted by silence on the Tiber embankment.
Of the places to visit, we recommend several attractions. The Roman Jewish Museum is the pride of the community in Rome. It has preserved traces of culture for two thousand years. The museum contains over 400 works, 1000 samples of pride from all over Europe.
Antique Theater of Marcello – Built in the 1st century BC It was conceived by Caesar, but Augustus erected it. It accommodated almost 15 thousand spectators. Later it was used as a defensive fortress, and then as a house.
The Portico of Octavia is a building erected by Augustus. Today, only a part of it has survived, which can be explored.
The market in Campo dei Fiori is always fresh vegetables and fish. Cultural and food center of Rome.
- Maximum safety for the tourist.
- Delicious food is a gourmet paradise.
- Quite high prices.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.