We are looking to select a neighborhood in Rome to stay. We love to walk and would like a fairly central location to stay so we can easily access the many neighborhoods. Good access to public transportation will also be a plus. Your ideas will be appreciated, thanks. 8 night stay In October. We can also divide ours nights and stay in 2 locations.
We stayed in an AirBNB on Via della croce, just west of the Spanish Steps. I think it was a great location (Metro line right there, buses were easy to use, etc).
it is a little touristy, so we didn't eat much in that area, but all the shopping was great and had gelato (3 stores atleast on the street)
I always, except one mistake, have stayed as close to Piazza Navona as possible. Buses, taxis and great walking right there. People seem to rave about the Monti area but it just "feels" a bit remote from my favorite hangouts. Trastevere may be a good location to consider.
The two times I have gone to Rome in the last two years, I stayed at the same hotel near Termini. It's tucked away on a fairly quiet street very close to the Diocletian Baths. Never had any issues with the hotel or surrounding area in terms of safety or noise.
It's a 4* hotel meaning it satisfies the quota with their hotel amenities and benefits. It's a small hotel, 4 floors with a lift and a 5th floor reserved for outdoor weather/seating. Rates are very reasonable. My second stay, I got a good discount. I always book direct whether with an airline or hotel.
Anyway, it's close to Termini. Walking to most attractions is about 15- to 20- minutes. Doesn't bother me. The Vatican area would take longer or bus #64 or Express #40 brings you to St. Peter's Square. You could take the metro to either. Stops vary as to which entrance you'll be near.
I prefer staying near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Easy to walk to to the antiquities
As well as the River Tiber.
We've been to Rome six times and we're going back this May. We've stayed in these areas:
Campo de' Fiori
This May we'll be staying in Trastevere. Now guess our favorite neighborhood. (^_^)
Another vote for Trastevere. Have rented an apartment there twice. The last time we moved and spent the final week of our vacation in a lovely apartment overlooking the Pantheon. It was quite special. However, we found ourselves wandering back over the Tiber to Trastevere almost daily. We walked everywhere from there but public transportation was easily had. I keep thinking I would like to try a different neighborhood but it will be Trastevere again for us in May and I cannot wait.
My vote is for Trastevere as well. I found the area to be wonderful and not too far from the major sites we wanted to visit during our stay. If I can make a suggestion, it's to take a walking food tour of the area towards the beginning of your stay to get a bit of a lay of the land (and good food ideas for the remainder of your stay there). Plus, the church is a stunning place to dip into. We visited Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere several times. I can't say enough about its beauty and calmness.
Last summer I spent a week in Rome with my boys. We stayed at an AirB&B in Campo DiFiori. It was the absolute perfect location. We didn't take one single bus, taxi or train anywhere. We walked EVERYWHERE! We saw every major site in Rome and several that were off the beaten track. Some of the places we walked to included: The Colosseum. The Baths of Caracalla, The Vatican, Spanish Steps, Via Appia, Castel Sant'Angelo, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Villa Borgese, Palestine Hill, Trastevere, Termini, etc. The best part was being in Campo DiFiori itself. It was always bustling with people, restaurants, bars, etc. Lots of great food. The daily market was phenomenal. We were half a block off the market area. Lots of shopping right outside our door. One block to the Ponte Sisto which took us across to Trastevere (foodie paradise). If we had wanted to take a bus, we were a block from the main street where the buses ran all day and night. Walking distance to Termini for trains to get out of Rome. I HIGHLY recommend the Campo DiFiori area if you are a walker and want to be fully submerged in the Italian culture.
Monti. Close to train station, Metro stops and major attractions.
We stayed in this apartment in 2013, and I see it's still for rent.
It has a huge terrace, two bedrooms, and the fastest washing machine in Europe!
The owners are a brother and sister and are delightful.
He makes documentary films about Africa, and lent us one to watch.
You can walk there from Termini Station, there's a big grocery store nearby, and it was very clean and quiet.
And it has an elevator.
Other friends stayed there the following year and liked it too.
Here's one take on various Rome neighborhoods, from EuroCheapo: https://www.eurocheapo.com/rome/hoods/
We're trying the Prati area above the Vatican this trip .. 5 minutes from the Metro ....
Keep in mind that the Metro isn't particularly useful for many of the main tourist sites in Rome. Staying near a Metro stop isn't necessarily a plus. Buses will get you closer, plus you get to see more of the city than you do traveling underground. (I'm also not a fan of the disorientation you can experience coming out of a Metro station.)