Rome is home to some of the most recognizable historical monuments in the history of the world. You’ll see the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. All of these remarkable landmarks are favorites of tourists around the globe, so when many decide to find a place to stay, they decide that the closer to these magnificent wonders, the better. Well, if you want out of these tourist trap areas and want to see the real Rome for yourself then this is the article for you.
We chatted with our colleagues about Rome and they dropped all of the knowledge on their favorite neighborhoods they’ve ever spent time in while visiting this magnificent city. We’ve compiled all the best neighborhoods into one convenient list so you can find the type of Rome you want to base your vacation on.
Stay at Monti if you want to be close to the Colosseum without feeling like you’re just stuck amongst tourists. Monti is a fun neighborhood filled with Rome’s artsy types, so expect to find a bunch of funky shops and cafes. You will also find plenty of delicious pizza pies and after you chow down on one of those you can drink wine in a small little wine bar that is a surefire way to delight any wine drinkers taste buds. Hanging out in Monti will definitely make you feel like one of Rome’s cool kids.
Pigneto used to be a bit rough, but it is now becoming the hippest part of Rome. People used to think of this neighborhood as working class, but now if you ask around you will hear the word “hipster” more than “working.” Come here if you are a fan of street art, as the slim streets are filled with beautiful pieces done by some of Italy’s finest street artists. There are also plenty of funky restaurants and delightful bars that make staying in this neighborhood super fun.
San Lorenzo is where the college students hang. This neighborhood is right next to the University of La Sapienza, this neighborhood is very hip and has a rich, young energy. There is a pretty wild history in this place, seeing as San Lorenzo was heavily bombed during World War 2, so it may not have as old of a world charm as the rest of Rome, but it still offers plenty of hip bars, restaurants, and shops. This is also the place to go if you’re looking for a late-night hang, because of its abundance of clubs and cheap pizzerias. So if you’re looking to party with some hip, young Italians, this is the place for you.
If your main goal in Rome isn’t to see the sights but rather to eat, then look no further than Testaccio. The Romans recently redid the city’s old slaughterhouse and once that happened the neighborhood exploded. Expect to see a bunch of trattorias and produce vendors around here. Then, definitely check out the slaughterhouse which now houses an amazing contemporary art museum in Rome.