Where to Stay

Ancient Rome

For

Close to major sights such as Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitoline Museums; quiet at night.

Against

Not cheap and has few budget options; restaurants are touristy.

Centro Storico

For

Atmospheric area with everything on your doorstep – Pantheon, Piazza Navona, restaurants, bars, shops.

Against

Most expensive part of town; few budget options; can be noisy.

Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

For

Good for Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and designer shopping; excellent midrange and top-end options; good transport links.

Against

Upmarket area with prices to match; subdued after dark.

Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

For

Many hostels and budget hotels around Stazione Termini; top eating options in Monti and thriving nightlife in studenty San Lorenzo; good transport links.

Against

Some dodgy streets in Termini area, which is not Rome’s most characterful.

San Giovanni & Testaccio

For

Authentic atmosphere with good eating and drinking options; Aventino is a quiet, romantic area; Testaccio is a top food and nightlife district.

Against

Few options available; not many big sights.

Trastevere & Gianicolo

For

Gorgeous, atmospheric area; party vibe with hundreds of bars, cafes, and restaurants; some interesting sights.

Against

Can be noisy, particularly on summer nights – try to stay in the 'quiet' side, east of Via di Trastevere.

Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

For

Near St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums; decent range of accommodation; some excellent shops and restaurants; on the metro.

Against

Expensive near St Peter’s; not much nightlife; sells out quickly for religious holidays.

Villa Borghese & Northern Rome

For

Largely residential area good for the Auditorium and some top museums; generally quiet after dark.

Against

Out of the centre; few budget choices.