Don't know the best area to stay in Rome. We will be there for 7 nights. The 3 areas that I have found possible apartments in are: Vatican City, Testaccio, and San Lorenzo. Can anyone tell me which area would be preferable for getting to all the usual tourist sites? Thanks.
The answer is D. None of the above. The general consensus is that the best area to stay in Rome for easy access to the major sites is the historic center, especially Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, or possibly near the train station depending on whether you want easy access to the trains. Have you spent much time looking at a good guidebook and a map? I don't mean that sarcastically. It will actually be very helpful to you. Look at a map that shows you the sites you want to see, and that should tell you where to stay. Good luck.
We have twice rented an apartment in the Trastevere area of Rome (in Piassa S. Egidio near Piazza Santa Maria), close to the pedestrian bridge, Ponte Sisto. check google maps if you want to see the area. The website is www.liveromelikearoman.com The owner is an american who lives in a apartment nearby. Can walk or take a bus or the tram to all the usual sites, but are in a area with great resturants and local atmosphere. Plenty of tourists in that area, but we like being "across the river" from the worst of the tourist hordes.
We loved Trastevere as a neighborhood for our second visit to Rome. For our first visit we stayed near the Pantheon and thought that was perfect. How much do you enjoy walking?
I loved staying right off of Campo dei Fiori, and felt like we were perfectly located. We walked absolutely everywhere, never needed any public transportation.
We stayed in the Palazzo Olivia apartments between Piazza Navona & Campo de Fiori. The location was perfect & you can read the reviews on TripAdvisor.
After much research, I too just booked an apartment in Rome located between Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona. I found mine on www.sleepinitaly.com The apartment is "Balestrari" and gets very good reviews (sleeps 5). Reasonable price too!
Ah, Kerry, we stayed in the Balestrari apartment! You will love it.
http://www.romaguesthouse.it/ the above link is to the apartment we are renting, the owners have been fantastic, even helped us arrange a car service from the airport to the apartment. One of the best prices I was able to find and the apartment looks fantastic, close to a metro stop, we are going this month so I can let you know how it was, but the reviews were fantastic that is why we booked with them.
We stayed a week this summer one block behind the Piazza Navona and were extremely happy. Visit it at http://www.vrbo.com/242156
Hi Had there same thoughts as you are having. Ended up just off Campo dei Fioro look up sleepinitaly, their site has "filter on area" as well as a map.
best of luck..
Hello.. i rented an apartment with the young company that had many self catering apartment, very good service and nice apartments in the central area, i recommend the Navonna and Spanish Steps Area, http://www.rentflatsinrome.net
Alessandra revived a thread that is over two years old, just to recommend a specific company. She has only two postings on this board. I'm guessing the other one recommends the same company. Call me suspicious.
When in doubt about traveling to Rome, you should read RonInRome.com. He has the best website out there for negotiating the city. Best thing you could do for yourself is to figure out how to get around on their mass transit system. You can easily walk yourself to death in Rome. RonInRome.com discusses the benefits of staying in certain neighborhoods.