Where to stay in Rome

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Every year from all over Italy and the world, crowds of tourists, travelers, onlookers, and art lovers come for a true pilgrimage. In Rome, there is an almost infinite choice of things to do, to see, to appreciate. Beyond being the capital of Italy, Rome is also the seat of the Vatican. It is an eternal city with an equally great territory. This is why you need to know how to choose the best area to stay in when exploring the center.

Rome has almost 3 million inhabitants and is considered the most populous municipality in all of Italy, as well as the largest. The distance of its borders is around 1,300 km². The historic city center, whhich is still bordered today by the walls built by the Emperor Aurelio in 275, is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On a geographical level it rises on the bank of the Tiber river, around which the city was founded.

Given its size, the city of Rome is divided into numerous districts. The core of the city was represented by the very famous 7 hills: Palatine, Aventine, Campidoglio, Quirinale, Viminale, Esquilino, and Celio. The whole city is divided into 35 districts, ranging from the northern part with areas such as Flaminio, Parioli, Nomentano and further north the Nuovo Salario area. Southern Rome, on the other hand, has its heart in the Appio district, which extends to Cinecittà and in extremis to the Eur and Laurentino districts.

One of the key areas to visit is precisely the area that extends around the Termini Station. In fact, even by deciding to proceed on foot, from Termini you can easily reach the Cavour metro station. From there begins the road that leads to the Monti district, one of the most beautiful in the city, frequented by international students and workers. Not far away is the Colosseum and the Roman forums, reachable on foot. For this reason, the Monti district is one of the most coveted in the whole city.

The San Giovanni district is no less desired. One of the busiest areas of Rome, it is a true crossroads of the eternal city that connects the historic city center with the southern area of the city. You can choose to visit the famous basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and a short distance away is the Via Appia Nuova with its shops. Via Appia Nuova, if traveled to southern Rome, leads to the aqueduct park where you can admire the Roman aqueducts in all their gigantic grandeur.

Returning to the center, given that in Rome, due to its size, there are multiple centers, it is necessary to point out the first town hall, the one in Piazza Barberini. The legendary Via Vittorio Veneto, the protagonist of Federico Fellini's Dolce Vita, is the very symbol of the great and mythical past of Rome in the 60s. Piazza Barberini is one of the most beautiful areas of the city and Via del Tritone leads up to Via del Corso, one of the most hip areas in the capital.

For those who want to stay closer to the Vatican, we would like to point out district number 12. We are talking about the Prati district, often chosen by tourists who are planning a visit to the wonderful Vatican museums, where it is still possible to visit the Sistine Chapel. The metro stops in the Prati area are either Ottaviano or Lepanto. However, compared to Piazza Barberini, we have now crossed the Tiber to visit the western part of Rome.

Beyond the Tiber River, there is a whole other city. We are talking, for example, of Trastevere and Monteverde, 2 areas universally recognized as the most beautiful in the eternal city. Behind the 2 districts, the Janiculum extends. Every Sunday at noon the cannon shoots as tradition dictates. For park lovers, not far away there is also Villa Pamphili, where you can enjoy a carefree afternoon in the background of greenery and nature.

The Piazza Bologna district is also worth mentioning, a little further from the center. Frequented and constantly chosen by university students, the Piazza Bologna area, not far from Villa Torlonia and the Umberto I General Hospital, is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city. Not far away there is also San Lorenzo and the Università Sapienza, which in fact attract large numbers of students from all over Italy.

Choosing where to stay in central Rome is not a difficult undertaking. Depending on the areas we are most interested in exploring, there are various neighborhoods that differ in terms of price and location. Remember that the city's metro lines make it possible to move easily from one part of the capital to another. Furthermore there is the possibility of relying on, as in other European cities, the bus lines that can ferry us from one side of the city to the other.

From shopping to art galleries, passing through the ancient monuments scattered throughout the city, in Rome there is so much to see that only one day seems to never be enough. This is why it is of great importance to choose the area that best suits your needs. Because the beauty of traveling around a city full of history, grown over the centuries and getting lost in the streets and alleys that make up the most central areas will be an unforgettable experience.

Having the opportunity to leave home and stroll through the streets of central Rome is a luxury not to be taken for granted. Thanks to the many apartments located in the heart of Rome, it’s the best way to feel like a temporary citizen, for the duration of your stay in the city.
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