January 23, 2024

The best neighborhoods and places to stay in Rome

FILED IN: Italy, Travel

I have been to Rome several times and have stayed mostly in the city center but have recently found a new favorite area. Read to the end to find the best neighborhoods and places to stay in Rome and my favorite neighborhood just outside the center.

Before you book: Remember to read through the entire listing. Check if they have your necessities (for example: I need wifi since I work remotely). Look for check in and check out times. How do you checkin? Sometimes you have to coordinate with the landlord. If so, make sure your arrival time works with your check in. Nowadays there are a keypad locks or other alternative ways to checkin, but just check so you know what to expect. Be sure to check what floor the place is on and if it’s not on the ground level, check if there is an elevator. In Italy, the 1st floor is actually the 2nd floor in our American brains. If you have further questions, be sure to message the host before booking. Even if they don’t speak English, Airbnb at least now has a translator in the messages.

The best neighborhoods and places to stay in Rome – in the center

Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori & Trastevere

I have stayed in 2 of Luca’s places on Airbnb. He has a few different ones available.

This one (sleeps 2) is located near Piazza Navona, which is my favorite square in Rome.

This one (sleeps 4) is in the heart of Trastevere. Both are great areas to have as a home base while exploring Rome.

This spot (sleeps 2) has a wonderful rooftop and view which also means it’s on the top floor of the building. I only recommend this spot if you don’t plan to have a lot of luggage. Somehow we managed with 2 checked bags and carryons with no elevator, but I wouldn’t suggest it.

I stayed in this Airbnb (sleeps 4) on my first trip to Rome back in 2018, so I can’t entirely vouch for it now, but I do remember it was a great central location since it’s in the Campo de Fiori area. In the listing, they say it’s one of the quieter parts.

Near The Vatican

My mom and I stayed here (sleeps 6), located close to the Vatican! We really loved how spacious and bright it was. Unfortunately, they seem to not be taking reservations at this time, but I will keep it linked in case they turn it back on.

This spot (sleeps 2) is a pretty recent place Walter and I stayed! We enjoyed the quiet area and small balcony.

The best neighborhoods and places to stay in Rome – outside the center


Walter and I have slowly realized that we don’t LOVE coming to Rome as much as we used to. We have been both together and separately many times. Don’t get me wrong, the first time I laid eyes on Rome, I was blown away. Nowadays, my perspective has shifted a bit. I think it’s a combination of it becoming more and more touristy every year, my patience for crowds dwindling, and my travel style changing a bit. We still love Rome, but now we’ve got a different game plan for taking in the eternal city. Recently I sent out a newsletter about my top 5 tips to explore Rome (un)like a tourist! If you’d like me to send that your way, shoot me an email here!

One of my top tips is to stay further out from the city center. We recently found the Testaccio neighborhood because we went to a lunch spot that we fell in love with (also shared that in the newsletter). This apartment (sleeps 2) is the perfect size for 2, in a quieter neighborhood, but still gives you easy access to the rest of Rome!

Rome offers a rich tapestry of neighborhoods and places to stay, each with its own unique charm and character. Whether you seek proximity to iconic landmarks, authentic local experiences, or a tranquil retreat, Rome has a neighborhood for you. No matter where you stay, you will be able immersive yourself in the captivating eternal city.

Happy Travel Planning,



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Growing up near Pasadena, CA, my creativity blossomed as I delved into the LA food scene, food styling, photography, and storytelling. Now, I curate content centered around food, beverage, and travel, while indulging in hobbies like thrifting. Italy holds a special place in my heart, where I found love and embarked on a new chapter in Bologna. Join me on this creative journey of food, travel, and love.