Looking for hotels near the Colosseum?
The neighborhoods that surround this area we call “Ancient Rome” encompass a huge swath of land, and as they are spread out in different directions, they each have very distinct characteristics.
On this page, we’ll give you suggestions for places to stay in the main three areas that surround the Colosseum and Ancient Rome – Celio, Monti, and Ripa.
Celio (Caelian Hill) is one of the Seven Hills of Ancient Rome. It's one of the most sheltered from the traffic that swirls on its edges, and is less densely populated than the other six.
Our suggestions for hotels near the Colosseum in the Celio neighborhood include:
Rione Monti (the first designated neighbourhood in Ancient Rome) is located at the fringes of the Roman Forum and the Esquiline Hill on one side and the slopes of the Viminal and Quirinal hills on the other.
This vast area was familiar among the ancient Romans as Sub-Urbe or Suburra. On the lower part of this neighbourhood, today closest to the Colosseum, there were many working-class structures (insulae), where a large number of plebeian families lived in miserable overcrowded conditions.
Overlooking luxurious houses owned by wealthy patrician families and senators, the slums of Suburra hosted the most infamous brothels and the most salubrious taverns and inns. The area was the most typical of Ancient Roman daily life among the masses: dirty and dangerous.
Over the centuries, the ruins of the Suburra were replaced by buildings of various kinds: from towers to mansions to small noble palaces.
Only since the second half of the last century, Monti neighborhood slowly began its rebirth.
Rione Monti stretches across parts of several of Rome’s seven hills as described above. But the neighbourhood most people consider Monti today is just a small portion of the actual rione.
The Monti people want to live, stay, eat, and shop in today is pretty much where Suburra was in Ancient Rome. Which puts it just behind the Colosseum and via dei Fori Imperiali.
So we have quite a few suggestions for hotels near the Colosseum in the Monti neighbourhood:
In an area nestled between the Aventine Hill, the Murcia Valley (Circus Maximus), and the Tiber Island, and the foot of the Palatine Hill lies a rione called Ripa.
During the age of the Emperor Augustus, this densely populated area was so jam-packed, there was no space for public buildings.
Sometime in the 18th century this community began a slow urbanization. Small villas, a unique building type in Rome’s center for that era, sprang up.
Promenading along its streets and avenues, you will have an opportunity to get to know one of the most elegant patterns of residential architecture of the city, developed literally on the remains of the Roman Domus where wealthy patricians have been replaced over time by renowned statesmen of the era of the war of independence, officers of the fascist regime, avant-garde entrepreneurs of the 50s, and most recently film and sports celebrities.
A few ideas for where to stay near the Colosseum in the Ripa rione include:
Hotels near the Colosseum in the Ripa rione on the Palatine Hill:
Hotels near the Colosseum in the Ripa rione on the Aventine Hill: