Neighborhoods in Rome
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2013 11:28 AM Last Post By: JessicaLovejoy
Oct 8, 2013 3:29 PM
Neighborhoods in RomeI'm heading to Rome for a week next month and looking at accommodations on AirBnB. I've been looking into the different neighborhoods but I keep getting different information. A few areas have stood out....
TRASTEVERE - seems a little more "neighborhoody" than other areas. Good food and still easy to get to the main tourist attractions. But, one website mentioned that it is full of clubs and therefore the obnoxious club kids that go with that, as well as the noise. (Can you tell I'm not a fan of clubs?)
CAMPO DE' FIORI (Piazza Navona & the Pantheon)- very central, very touristy to the point where food and drink options have become less special.
ESQUILINO (Termini station) - little less expensive, little grittier, basically the neighborhood you stay at and leave every day
I'm traveling alone, too old for the club/trendy scene but still good on the hipster scene. Looking to see all the major tourist attractions, do a lot of relaxing over pasta and wine, and get decent sleep. I've been looking at AirBnB but any hotel recos are welcome. Or any recommendations at all, really. Thanks!
Oct 8, 2013 10:08 PM
1I went to Rome in October 2010 and stayed in a hotel in Trastevere. There was no trouble with noise or obnoxious club kids. There was good food, and we walked everywhere: Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori, Vatican.
It was my only trip to Rome, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I would stay there again.
It was the Hotel Santa Maria, expensive, but good.
By just walking, we were able to stop and see many interesting places we might not have seen otherwise. Mostly churches, but also Roman ruins, interesting buildings with open doors, and gelato places.
Oct 9, 2013 12:20 AM
2All 3 of those are possiblities (and there are many more).
Trastevere can be very noisy,if you are unlucky....like on top of a bar or restaurant...you won't be sleeping until pretty late.Bring earplugs!
Campo De Fiori is,as you say,the most central..the easiest for walking around and seeing the sights.
Termini area is my usual choice (either there or the Monti area,between Termini and the centre).Lots of places to stay,lots of places to eat (including both good Italian and many ethnic choices),and cheaper than the other two.It is true that there is not a lot to see and do there during the day...you need to be prepared to do some walking (or take the bus/metro).
Oct 9, 2013 1:48 AM
3Campo dei Fiori and Trastevere are as close to each other as the Campo is with Navona area. In terms of neighbourhood feel I think both are nicer than around Termini which isn't as bad as some railway station areas but always seems to be frenetic with people, cars, buses all coming and going day and night. However,depending on what you're doing in Rome, the Termini area can be very convenient as a hub for getting around the city on buses and the metro. Probably a bit too soon in the year to get cheap hotel deals, but might be worth a look - by November/ December prices can be less than half their summer rates.
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Oct 10, 2013 10:00 AM
11Possibly the mods thought that #8's consistent and rapid posting of non sequiturs was unbecoming.
Anyway Jessica, if the question is, "How wrong can I go in any of these neighborhoods?" I think the answer is: not very. But that's the neighborhoods themselves, not the specific accommodation.
With a week, I hope you'll consider an apartment to become a temporary local, if funds allow--decent but unglamorous ones probably starting at 80 euro/night, maybe lower this time of year.
Oct 10, 2013 2:13 PM
12I just returned from Rome earlier this week, and we stayed in Trestevre, and could not have been happier. (3 of us traveling together , in our 50s & 60s). Yes, in the evening, there were lots of young people on the streets, but we didn't hear lots of loud music from the clubs. There was a real neighborhood feel, but it's not undiscovered by tourists. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, lots with sidewalk tables, bakeries, pastry shops, etc.
We stayed in an apartment we rented from airbnb, and when we closed the windows, we heard no noise from the street.
It was easy to get to other parts of the city either by walking, or a trolly that went to Piazza Venezia. (near the roman forum, coliseum, and monument to Vittorio Emanuele II)
Oct 11, 2013 11:28 AM
13Nolalou, I'm so glad to hear that. I just made arrangements to rent an apartment in Trastevere on AirBnB. Just beyond excited for this trip!
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