Wondering where to stay in Rome?
It can be stressful trying to decide where to stay when you visit Rome.
What if you pick the wrong neighborhood and it's loud/far/icky?
What if you pick a place to stay only to find out the breakfast is horrible or the staff is less than friendly?
I not only live in Rome, I ran a B&B for nearly 18 years with my Roman husband, who worked in various hotels in Rome and other parts of Italy for several years before that.
Believe me, we know a lot about Rome accommodation from the perspective of a traveler (you!) and also from behind the scenes. And we are here to help.
Today, variety, quality, and the sheer quantity of places to stay in Rome have grown exponentially, resulting in a huge choice for the visitor.
We've got suggestions for where to stay in Rome for every budget, mood, and area based on our personal knowledge of the Rome hotel scene.
Our recommendations for where to stay in Rome by area:
Our recommendations for where to stay in Rome by type of lodging:
For more detailed research on where to stay in Rome:
I think the most popular request is for where to stay in Rome that's “central”. This covers a pretty large area and set of neighborhoods.
I'd consider a neighborhood to be in "central Rome" if you can walk easily to at least two major sights.
Rome's center itself is made up of lots of neighborhoods that vary quite a bit from each other, in a 2-block area.
On this page, we'll describe the most central Rome neighborhoods briefly, and offer some suggestions for where to stay in Rome in each of these areas.
The below neighborhood descriptions were written by Rome native Alessandro.
Piazza Barberini is in the heart of the historic center of the capital, in the Trevi district.
It's perfectly located at the bottom of the famed via Veneto and at the top of the well-known via del Tritone, which leads directly to via del Corso, the nerve center of city shopping. Barberini has its own Metro stop, and the Trevi Fountain is just a few minutes' walk away.
The piazza owes its name to Palazzo Barberini, which overlooks the piazza.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near Piazza Barberini include:
Famous around the world as a symbol of the dolce vita, via Veneto still dominates the “Olympus of architectural pearls”, a rare example of historic buildings, today home to prestigious luxury hotels.
Via Veneto harks to an era of glamour that no longer exists, once THE place to see and be seen in Rome.
While strolling along this broad, sweeping boulevard, you may still come across a few elegant landmarks, those frequented in the 1960s by movie stars and prying paparazzi.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome on or near Via Veneto include:
This small but iconic area of Rome's historic center is most famous for its eponymous fountain.
It also has a particular character, which tries to resist the advance of a frenetic (and inevitable) loss of the "slow-motion" rhythm of life that once was part of Romans' DNA.
Marked by its narrow cobblestone streets filled with ice cream shops, trattorias, and throngs of people, the Trevi neighborhood has its own unique feel and charm, almost as if you are in a village of Rome rather than Rome City Center.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near Trevi Fountain include:
The Spanish Steps/Piazza del Popolo area is arguably one of the most central places to stay in Rome. (It also falls into the "luxury neighborhood" category.)
Both the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo have a convenient Metro stop, and can also be easily-reached by the Barberini Metro.
This piazza takes its name from the Spanish Embassy.
In the center of the square, at the foot of the 135-step staircase, you can spot the famous fountain known as the Barcaccia, designed by Piero Bernini and his more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The name of the fountain derives from the boats that used to ship wine from the port of Ripetta.
Staying in the Spanish Steps area puts you smack in the middle of Rome's top shopping district. Some of the most popular city shopping streets include Via dei Condotti, Via Frattina and Via Borgognona, well known for their exclusive boutiques and antique shops.
And there are plenty of options for places to eat nearby.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome at the Spanish Steps include:
Located near the northern city gate, Piazza del Popolo was once the entrance to Rome during the Roman Empire.
This piazza is the nexus of an important intersection. Three arteries branch off from the south of the piazza, forming what is known as the tridente, or trident: Via del Babuino, on the left, Via di Ripetta on the right, and in the center Via del Corso, one of the most popular shopping streets of the city.
In the middle of the piazza, stands the 24-meter tall Egyptian obelisk dedicated to Ramses II, known as the “Flaminio Obelisk”.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near Piazza del Popolo include:
You can stay in any one of them and be a stone's throw from another. They are all in a small congested area right in the heart of Rome. And yet, they all have very distinctive neighborhoods and feels.
The Pantheon is one of the wonders of Rome's historic city center.
It was built and rebuilt between the 1st and 2nd centuries in Ancient Rome. The word pantheon derives from Greek and means "Temple of all Gods".
Take a stroll around this tortuous and intricate maze of streets and passages, where it’s easy and delectable to get lost, where the most skilled ice cream masters still make “artisanal gelato” full of taste and aroma, or where you can indulge your palate with a strong Italian espresso.
Staying in the Pantheon area guarantees an unparalleled experience, and memories you will hold dear for a lifetime.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near the Pantheon include:
When I look at a map of my city, I rediscover with amazing clarity what exactly Piazza Navona is to Rome - its core, its heart, full of energy and life.
Located in Campo Marzio, where the Roman legionaries trained, this spot was chosen as the site of Domitian’s Stadium to host races and Greek games in honor of Capitoline Jupiter.
Later it would become the most endearing “parlor” of the Roman Baroque period, the spot where generations of Romans have gathered, strolled, listened to music, or even found the love of their life. For many, it was their first and last backyard.
Piazza Navona offers one of the best options for those seeking all the advantages of a central/iconic landmark, but with accessible services and competitive rates.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near/at Piazza Navona include:
History and legend, faith and heresy are intertwined in this famous piazza of Rome.
If you look carefully, you'll find evidence of a city that's changed and evolved over the centuries: once a place for business meetings, a cultural and social hub, a berth for merchants to trade a bit of everything, even a stage of social events attended by nobles and common patrons alike.
Campo de' Fiori had also a dark side, embodied in the bronze statue still standing in the center of it, in memory of the philosopher Giordano Bruno: the piazza in fact became the stage of capital executions and torture during the Inquisition.
Today, Campo de' Fiori is a very popular spot for tourists and Romans alike: it's a daily hangout for thousands of tourists, bustling with a mix of sophisticated restaurants, casual Roman-cuisine trattorias, offhand bars, and shopping for every taste, from the extravagant to the funky to the artisinal.
Wend your way along the tiny streets leading away from the main piazza, and you will find yourself in a Rome neighborhood that feels as if it stepped back in time. Grandmas sit outside on wooden chairs, wood-working shops and antique sellers abound, and every turn of the corner brings a surprise.
When the sun goes down, Campo de Fiori comes to life - the perfect setting for those looking for fun and ambiance.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near Campo de Fiori include:
The Ghetto is a small district of Rome whose borders were marked in the 16th century by a papal decree, within which all Roman Jews were forced to live.
Over time much of this area was demolished, but there are still some remnants that can be visited with a suggestive walk through narrow streets and small piazzas of uncommon architectural beauty.
On this terrain, emperors, patrons, patricians, and nobles of Rome raised buildings of various types and functions. In the Middle Ages it hosted the most important fish market in Rome.
Today the neighborhood is important not only as the focal point of the Jewish community of Rome, but it has also become a crossroad for thousands of Romans, thanks to its distinctive shops, sophisticated vintage boutiques, wine-bars, and above all, restaurants.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome near/at Jewish Ghetto include:
I know I know, Trastevere is on the top of most blogs about where to stay in Rome. I love Trastevere, and I don't even mean from a touristic point of view. It's a really fascinating, historic neighborhood with a lot to see and do.
As places to stay in Rome go, Trastevere is pretty particular. I think this is a great area of Rome to stay in if you've been here before, if you prefer something a little off the beaten track, and/or, if youare looking specifically for quaint/cute/old-world-feeling.
A few ideas for where to stay in Rome in Trastevere include:
Besides choosing a neighborhood, the second factor in choosing where to stay in Rome is about what kind of accommodation you should book.
The main types of accommodation in Rome include hotels (from 1-5*), B&Bs/Guesthouses, and self-catering apartments. (Hostels mostly fall into the B&B section.)
Some people already know they want to stay in a luxury hotel with a full staff, 24-hour reception, and lots of amenities.
Others know they want a self-catering apartment, without any additional services.
If you are not sure yet which type of accommodation you want, here is what you can expect when you book one of these categories in Rome:
The first thing I want to tell you about hotels in Rome is that the way stars are awarded in Rome and the rest of Italy may not be what you think.
The star system is based on a check list like whether or not every room has a private en-suite bathroom, where the reception is located, how many languages the staff speaks, etc. You can read about this in more detail on my page about Rome hotel star ratings.
For the purposes of this page, and helping you decide where to stay in Rome, if you want to stay in a hotel, just know that anything in the 1-3* categories will be quite varied.
You may find more style and luxury in a 1* hotel, simply because they couldn't meet the criteria on the checklist for getting a 2nd or 3rd star, than you would at a 3* hotel that checks all the boxes but has rather tired decor and almost no charm.
Once you get into the 4* level, you get more consistency, but do not expect a lot of space or luxury necessarily.
It's only when you get into the 5* luxury category that you can count on a certain level of amenities, because the check list is very long and intensive. For a hotel to meet those requirements, they are going to be offering you the bare minimum of style and luxury in Rome.
Are you wondering what are all these different accommodation terms you see when you go to book a place to stay?
It's actually a bit more complicated than you might think.
Any property offering accommodation, whether a 5* hotel or a 3-room B&B, must register with the Rome Tourist Board.
Based on many factors they can be classified as hotel, B&B, affittacamere (that is an Italian word literally meaning "room rental", but you can equate it to a B&B with a few more rooms, a guesthouse, or inn), or casa vacanze (that is another Italian phrase meaning "vacation home" and like an affittacamere this gets applied to many types of accommodation).
Factors that dictate how a particular kind of accommodation is classified include zoning, building regulations, number of rooms, etc.
Where affittacamere and casa vacanze are concerned, it's unlikely the owner would use those terms to market their property because most of their guests don't speak Italian.
So to make their properties appealing to tourists who may not understand Italian, they often use terms that have no "legal" meaning here, like inn, relais, guesthouse, townhouse, etc. Some even call themselves "hotel" even if they are not technically in the hotel category.
Why does this matter to you?
It really doesn't. But it's one reason you will find such a huge disparity across all the different places to stay in Rome with these very broad categories.
For more, visit our page all about B&Bs in Rome.
More and more people are opting to stay in self-catering apartments. I think this trend is true in Italy and many parts of the world. There are a lot of good reasons to choose this option like:
One of the most reliable services you can use for finding quality apartments in Rome is VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner).
Visit our page here to find out more about Rome apartment rentals and how to pick the best one.