Where to stay in Rome

Whether you want history, tranquillity or the full shopping experience, this guide on where to stay in Rome will help you decide the best neighbourhood for choosing your Rome hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Rome

Rome Termini Station

Good for
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Dining
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Fronted by a great glass hall and topped by a cantilevered canopy, Rome Termini Station’s modernist vibe blends seamlessly with its classical leanings, and newly arrived visitors will be delighted to discover that they can grab an authentic Italian gelato, espresso, or slice of pizza in the Forum Termini before even leaving the station. Just across the street from the station and next to the Baths of Diocletian is the National Roman Museum, housed in a 19th-century Neo-Renaissance palace. The museum showcases Roman and Greek artifacts that date back to the 2nd century BC, including statuary, paintings, and the Grottarossa Mummy.

Hotel prices in Rome Termini Station

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Vatican

Good for
  • Historic Sites
  • Sightseeing
  • Museums
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The Vatican is a place of pilgrimage for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, many of whom come to hear the Pope celebrate mass in the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, a Renaissance gem whose sheer scale is awe-inspiring for any visitor. You can also stroll across the vast St. Peter’s Square, and perhaps even find the single spot where its 2 rows of elegant colonnades appear to be completely aligned. Inside the Vatican Palace itself, each opulently decorated room is more stunning than the next, although nothing tops Michelangelo’s transcendent Sistine Chapel, whose frescoed ceiling is one of the foremost artistic achievements of the Renaissance.

Hotel prices in Vatican

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Spanish Steps

Good for
  • Scenery
  • Romance
  • Shopping
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The Spanish Steps consist of 138 steps that wind past flower-decked terraces, the baroque Fontana della Barcaccia, and John Keats’s home-turned-museum. It’s a picturesque place to relax and simply watch the passerby or have your portrait painted by a local artist. Famished visitors can enjoy traditional English fare at Babington’s Tea Room, a favorite amongst artists and politicians. The Steps are also located in one of Rome’s most upscale areas, and Via dei Condotti beckons to those want a taste of Rome’s famous designer fashion houses such as Gucci and Prada.

Hotel prices in Spanish Steps

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Colosseum

Good for
  • Historic Sites
  • Sightseeing
  • Culture
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Rome’s Colosseum is an architectural marvel, a vast concrete-and-sand ellipse with 80 archways on each of its 4 levels. It’s instantly recognizable around the world as a symbol of Ancient Rome’s majesty, as well as its brutality—it was the venue of the infamous gladiatorial matches, where slaves and professional fighters waged bloody battles, often involving fearsome wild animals. Visitors to today’s Colosseum can experience its ambience by treading the restored floors of the main arena or entering the atmospheric subterranean passages down which the contestants once walked to their fate, before posing for a photo with a lifelike gladiator.

Hotel prices in Colosseum

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£98
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Navona

Good for
  • Sightseeing
  • Cafes
  • Nightlife
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Piazza Navona, set west of the Pantheon, features a trio of magnificent fountains, including the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Navona was built over the former Stadium of Domitian, which has its origins in 86 AD, and underground tours of the original ruins are available. The surrounding area offers several lounges and nightclubs, and the lively nightlife of Campo De Fiori is a 5-minute walk away. Strolling down the peaceful Via dei Coronari, meanwhile, conjures up visions of a bygone Rome filled with vintage bicycles and sleepy cafes—a great place to shop for antiques and quirky souvenirs.

Hotel prices in Navona

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£113
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