The 95 best hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, cafes, tours, places, and things to do in Rome, Italy.
Hotel Campo de’ Fiori (www.hotelcampodefiori.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • €€€
A great four-star in the heart of the action. Its good-looking interiors blend classical decor with quirky design touches, while up top there are fabulous views from a rooftop terrace. Just off Campo de’ Fiori. 06 6874886
Inn at the Roman Forum (www.theinnattheromanforum.com) • Ancient Rome & Monti • €€€
A romantic retreat offering stylish rooms, a quiet back street location, and its own ancient ruins – it sits over a 1st century BC tunnel. The forums and Colosseum are an easy walk away. 06 69190970
JK Place (www.jkroma.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • €€€€
An uber-stylish boutique hotel. Its magazine-worthy decor marries comfort with a contemporary design aesthetic, and it has an excellent location near top shopping strip Via dei Condotti. 06 982634
Hotel Eden (www.dorchestercollection.com/en/rome/hotel-eden/) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale • €€€€
One of Rome’s historic five-stars. Elegant decor, excellent service, a spa and a rooftop restaurant with fabulous views. 06 478121
Portrait Roma (www.lungarnocollection.com/portrait-roma) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain • €€€€
A luxury guesthouse with 14 suites in Rome’s swish shopping district. Owned by the Ferragomo fashion house, it’s a masterclass in discreet modern styling. 06 69380742
Villa Spalletti Trivelli (https://villaspalletti.it/en/) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale • €€€€
A stately hotel housed in a grand villa near the presidential Quirinal Palace. It has traditionally furnished rooms and its own manicured gardens. 06 48907934
Hotel de Russie (www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-de-russie/) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain • €€€€
A historic five-star, much loved by visiting celebs. Alongside modern, understated rooms, it boasts a beautiful garden bar and one of Rome’s best spas. 06 328881
Palm Gallery Hotel (www.palmgalleryhotel.com) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale • €€
A brilliant hotel in an attractive residential district. Housed an attractive Liberty-style villa, it has beautifully fashioned interiors and even a small outdoor pool. 06 64781859
Hotel Lancelot (www.lancelothotel.com) • Ancient Rome & Monti • €€
A welcoming family-run hotel near the Colosseum. Its English-speaking staff are super-helpful and rates are excellent value given the location. 06 7045 0615
Nerva Boutique Hotel (www.hotelnerva.com) • Ancient Rome & Monti • €€€
A cosy boutique hotel squeezed into a snug building behind the Imperial Forums. Facilities are limited but its modern styled rooms are comfortable, staff are welcoming and there’s a good breakfast. 06 6781835
Relais Le Clarisse (www.leclarissetrastevere.com) • Trastevere • €€
A delightful hideaway in the vibrant Trastevere neighbourhood. Rooms are set around a lovely courtyard with olive and orange trees. Loads of bars and restaurants nearby. 06 58334437
Hotel Cesàri (www.9-hotel-cesari-rome.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • €€€
One of Rome’s oldest hotels enjoys a superb central location. Traditional rooms are crowned by a panoramic rooftop terrace, great for early evening drinks. 06 6749701
Residenza Cellini (www.residenzacellini.it) • Termini & Around • €€
A romantic bolthole housed in two gracious apartments. Its spacious rooms are elegantly furnished with parquet floors and polished antique furniture. Close to the metro on Piazza Repubblica. 06 47825204
Palazzo Cardinal Cesi (www.palazzocesi.it) • Vatican & Prati • €€
Four-star comfort in a prime location near St Peter’s Basilica. It’s a traditional hotel with classically-styled rooms and a lovely internal cloister.
Salumeria Roscioli (www.salumeriaroscioli.com/restaurant) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Rome’s premier deli features a fabulous in-house restaurant. Space is limited but the food is consistently high level with a menu of traditional Italian fare and classic international dishes. Also serves a fantastic wine list. 06 6875287
Emma Pizzeria (www.emmapizzeria.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Excellent wood-fired pizzas in a smart, modern pizzeria. Toppings include southern Italian mozzarella, cured meats and fresh seasonal veggies. It’s one of the few places that does pizza at lunchtime. 06 64760475.
Colline Emiliane (http://www.collineemiliane.com) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
A renowned restaurant specialising in regional food from Emilia-Romagna. That means cured Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and rich meat sauces paired with homemade egg pastas. A short walk from the Trevi Fountain. 06 4817538
Giulietta Pizzeria (https://giuliettapizzeria.it) • Testaccio & Ostiense
Designer pizzeria housed in an ex-car showroom. It serves fabulous wood-fired pizzas, both thin-cut Roman style and Neapolitan thick-crust, all capped with fresh, zingy toppings. In Testaccio. 06 32110120
Armando al Pantheon (www.armandoalpantheon.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
A model family-run trattoria in the touristy Pantheon area. Cosy, and often crowded, it’s famous locally for its unswerving dedication to authentic Roman cuisine. Reservations recommended. 06 68803034
Da Felice (http://feliceatestaccio.it) • Testaccio & Ostiense
The best of the trattorias in the foodie Testaccio neighbourhood. Hugely popular, it flies the flag for traditional Roman nose-to-tail cooking with dishes such as tripe and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail). 06 5746800
Casa Coppelle (www.casacoppelle.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Sophisticated Italian-French cuisine, modern romantic decor, and a prime location near the Pantheon. 06 68891707.
Glass Hostaria (www.glass-restaurant.it) • Trastevere
Chic restaurant serving creative Michelin-starred food. With its contemporary decor and innovative food, it stands out in the medieval Trastevere district. Bookings necessary. 06 58335903
Metamorfosi (www.metamorfosiroma.it) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
Michelin-starred restaurant in the upmarket Parioli neighborhood. Food is modern and creative as per its signature dish, Uovo 65° carbonara, a contemporary deconstruction of the classic pasta dish. Book ahead. 06 8076839
Ristorante L’Arcangelo (www.larcangelo.com) • Vatican & Prati
A bistro-restaurant much loved by local foodies. Particularly prized are its traditional Roman dishes such as carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes made with white wine, garlic, anchovies and mint). In the Prati district. 06 3210992
L’Asino d’Oro • Ancient Rome & Monti
Earthy regional food from Umbria is the hallmark of this popular Monti restaurant. Expect robust meat dishes, homemade pastas and a delicious tiramisu. The €16 lunch menu is a steal. 06 48913832
Street Food & Gelato
Pizzarium • Vatican & Prati
Legendary takeaway serving Rome’s best pizza al taglio (sliced pizza). Squares of feather-light dough are capped by artisanal cheeses, cured meats and assorted veggies. It’s about 10 minutes’ walk from the Vatican Museums. 06 39745416
Mercato Centrale (www.mercatocentrale.it/roma/) • Termini & Around
Termini station’s three-storey food hall. Stalls are ranged under towering brick vaults serving everything from pizzas and pastas to veggie burgers, salads, sushi, and shakes.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
A busy bakery famed for its sliced pizza. The house speciality is pizza bianca (white pizza), rectangles of unadorned pizza base seasoned with salt and olive oil. Ideal for a quick snack or cheap lunch.
Supplizio (www.supplizioroma.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
A gourmet takeaway dedicated to supplì (fried rice croquettes). Go for the classic supplì, stuffed with rice, tomato and cheese, or choose from a selection of clever variations. You can eat in the brick-clad interior or take away. 06 89160053
Mordi e Vai • Testaccio & Ostiense
A Testaccio market stall cooking up classic Roman street food. Best of all are its panini (bread rolls) filled with slow-cooked beef. It’s a local favourite so expect crowds most lunchtimes.
Fatamorgana (www.gelateriafatamorgana.com) • Trastevere
Organic gelato from one of Rome’s best gelaterias. There isn’t a huge choice but quality is high and you’ll find some unusual flavour combinations such as pineapple and ginger. There are several other branches across town. 06 5803615
Venchi (www.venchi.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
The best of the gelaterias near the Pantheon. It specialises in chocolate which features in creamy ice creams, drinks and dolci (sweets). Expect queues.
Salumeria Roscioli (www.salumeriaroscioli.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Three hundred varieties of cheese, 150 cured meats, conserves, pastas, wines, olive oils and Balsamic vinegars – welcome to Rome’s most celebrated deli. 06 6875287
Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Rome’s oldest chocolate shop. Many of its wares, attractively displayed in the crimson and brick-vaulted interior, are handmade according to 19th-century recipes. 06 6990856
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (www.smnovella.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
The Roman branch of a pharmacy chain founded in 17th-century Florence. Under a grand Murano chandelier are wooden display cabinets full of perfumes, cosmetics, natural remedies and herbal infusions. Near Piazza Navona. 06 6879608
Porta Portese Market • Trastevere
Rome’s colossal Sunday flea market. Stalls sell everything from vintage clothes and leather jackets to craft jewellery, antiques, posters, prints, books and bikes. Located in and around Piazza di Porta Portese in Trastevere.
Fendi (www.fendi.com) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
The flagship store of the Rome-based Fendi fashion house. Occupying a landmark 18th-century palazzo, it stocks ready-to-wear clothes, branded bags, leatherware, watches and accessories. 06 334501
Marta Ray (www.martaray.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Small boutique selling ladies sandals and ballerinas in a kaleidoscopic array of colours. Also has a selection of attractive leather bags. On Via dei Coronari, a charming cobbled street famous for its antique shops. 06 68802641
Ibiz (www.ibizroma.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Bags, wallets, purses, belts, and sandals, all handmade in soft, velvety leather. Near Campo de’ Fiori. 06 68307297
Eataly (www.eataly.net) • Testaccio & Ostiense
A vast emporium dedicated to Italian food. Its four floors of shops, stalls, stands, snack bars and restaurants stock all manner of gourmet delicacies.
SBU (www.sbu.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Hip clothes store housed in a former draper’s shop. The Strategic Business Unit is best known for its jeans but also has a full range of men’s casual clothes, shoes and accessories. More clothes stores await on nearby Via del Governo Vecchio. 06 68802547
La Bottega del Marmoraro • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Marble plaques, busts and statues litter this tiny workroom where you can get inscriptions made to order. It’s on Via Margutta, a charming street where film director Federico Fellini once lived at No 110. 06 3207660
Campo de’ Fiori Market • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
One of Rome’s best known produce markets. Stalls laden with seasonal fruit and veg bring noise and colour to this historic Roman piazza. As much for sightseeing as shopping.
Bartolucci (www.bartolucci.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Red-nosed Pinocchios, cuckoo clocks, rocking horses, model planes, games, and cute door signs, all handcrafted in wood. This cheerfully cluttered toy shop is something of a landmark in the Pantheon area.
Sermoneta (www.sermonetagloves.com) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Rome’s most celebrated glove seller with a pair for every occasion. On Piazza di Spagna. 06 6791960
Bars & Clubs
Open Baladin (www.openbaladinroma.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Great pub with a laid-back vibe and an excellent selection of craft beers, mostly from independent Italian microbreweries. Also does quality burgers. Very central near Campo de’ Fiori. 06 6838989
Etablì (www.etabli.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
A fashionable bar-restaurant in a centuries-old palazzo near Piazza Navona. Wrought iron chandeliers, worn couches and rustic wooden tables create a rustic-chic setting for aperitifs, wine and cocktails. It’s open throughout the day but best in the evenings. 06 97616694
Freni e Frizioni (www.freniefrizioni.com) • Trastevere
Cool, unpretentious Trastevere bar housed in a former garage. A popular meeting place, it heaves in the evenings as crowds of young drinkers spill onto the piazza outside. Great for aperitifs and cocktails. 06 45497499
Stravinskij Bar • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
For a dose of dolce vita glamor. The bar of the Hotel de Russie exudes style, especially on sultry summer evenings when its refined courtyard is the place to be. Dress smart. 06 32888874
Co.So • Termini & Around
Hipster cocktail bar in the grungy-cool Pigneto district. Its signature drink is Carbonara Sour, a vodka-based homage to Rome’s famous pasta dish. 06 45435428
Jerry Thomas (www.thejerrythomasproject.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Tiny Prohibition-styled speakeasy famous for its inventive cocktails. To get in you’ll need to book ahead and know the password (check the website). Charges a €5 membership fee. Cash only. 370 1146 287
Salotto 42 (www.salotto42.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
A retro-chic lounge bar on a beautiful central piazza. Draws a glossy well-dressed crowd, particularly for its evening aperitif. 06 6785804
Goa (www.goaclub.com) • Testaccio & Ostiense
Big-name DJs spin house and techno to packed dancefloors at this legendary Rome club. Open Thursday through Saturday in the post-industrial Ostiense district. 06 56748277
Alexanderplatz (www.alexanderplatzjazzclubroma.com) • Vatican & Prati
Rome’s most famous jazz club. It boasts an intimate, basement vibe and regular gigs by top Italian and international musicians. Forget the food. 06 83775604
Barnum Café (www.barnumcafe.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Cool all-day hangout with shabby-chic furniture and a relaxed vibe. Stop by for a breakfast cornetto (Italian croissant) and cappuccino, a light lunch, or cocktails and jazz in the evening. 06 64760483
Sciascia Caffè (http://sciasciacaffe1919.it) • Vatican & Prati
A model old-school cafe with woody decor and waistcoated bar staff. The house speciality is caffè al cioccolato, an exquisite espresso served in a demitasse lined with melted chocolate. In Prati. 06 3211580
Tazza d’Oro • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Landmark cafe near the Pantheon. It serves superb coffee, best taken standing at the long wooden bar. In summer, go for a granita di caffè, a delicious blend of coffee, crushed ice and whipped cream. 06 6789792
Caffè Sant’Eustacchio (www.santeustachioilcaffe.it) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Famous for its espresso, reckoned by many to be the best in Rome. The cafe, situated between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, is a workaday place, better for a quick stand-up coffee than a leisurely break. 06 68802048
Roscioli Caffè (www.rosciolicaffe.com) • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Elegant cafe serving great coffee, indulgent sandwiches and divine mini-pastries – try the maritozzi (sweet buns packed with whipped cream). It’s generally standing room only but there’s seating in a small back room. Near Campo de’ Fiori. 06 89165330
Caffetteria Musei Capitolini • Ancient Rome & Monti
For inspiring views with your coffee. The Capitoline Museums’ cafe is a stunning spot, offering memorable panoramas from its elegant terrace. Without a museum ticket, you can access the cafe through Palazzo Caffarelli just off Piazza del Campidoglio.
Caffetteria Chiostro del Bramante • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Even in Rome, few places can rival this cafe’s location. Set on the first floor of an elegant Renaissance cloister, it sets a memorable stage for a tranquil coffee or light lunch. Just behind Piazza Navona.
Antico Caffè Greco (http://anticocaffegreco.eu/) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Rome’s oldest cafe and the former haunt of Casanova, Goethe, Byron, Keats et al. Nowadays, it’s touristy, and pretty expensive, but it really does exude a sense of history. You’ll save a euro or two by drinking at the bar.
Canova Tadolini (www.canovatadolini.com) • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Only in Rome. The one-time studio of sculptor Antonio Canova is now a busy cafe with tables laid out between marble busts and figures. Good for drinks but avoid the overpriced food. 06 32110702
Caffe Bohemien (www.caffebohemien.it) • Ancient Rome & Monti
Books, bricks, mismatched furniture and bold colours abound at this relaxed hangout. Stop by for wine, cocktails or tea. In the village-like Monti neighbourhood.
Bar San Calisto • Trastevere
Scruffy San Calisto is an authentic neighborhood cafe. Don’t expect frills, just cheap beer, gruff service and a mixed crowd of card-playing locals, foreign students, tourists and tattooed travelers.
The Roman Guy (https://theromanguy.com/)
Professional outfit offering guided tours on foot or by car or electric bike. Packages include skip-the-line visits to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum, and foodie tours of Trastevere and Testaccio.
A Friend in Rome (www.afriendinrome.it)
Excellent private walking tours of the Vatican and historic center, as well as guided visits to museums and ancient sights. Also bike and scooter rides, food and wine tours, excursions out of town. 340 5019201
Open Bus Cristiana (www.operaromanapellegrinaggi.org/it/roma-cristiana/open-bus-vatican-rome)
An open top bus running a circular route between Termini and the Vatican. It stops near big sights such as St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, and Colosseum. Tickets €12 for a single non-stop loop; €20 for a day’s hop-on hop-off. 06 698961
Rome Boat Experience (www.romeboatexperience.com)
Runs boat cruises up the river Tiber. Prices range from €15 for an 80-minute round trip to €65 for a dinner cruise with live music. 06 56000178
Bici e Baci (www.bicibaci.com)
Tours on foot, by bike, on a Vespa scooter, in a Fiat 500 or on a Segway. Itineraries take in the historic center and sites across the city, including Via Appia Antica and Villa Borghese park. Also hires out bikes and scooters. 06 4828443
Things To Do
Colosseum (www.coopculture.it) • Ancient Rome & Monti
Rome’s iconic gladiatorial arena. This is Italy’s most popular tourist site, so expect queues, both for tickets and security checks. To cut waiting time, book your ticket online or buy it at the nearby Palatine (tickets cover the Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum). 06 39967700
Roman Forum & Palatine (www.coopculture.it) • Ancient Rome & Monti
Rome’s most celebrated ancient ruins. The Forum, with its temples and basilicas, was the city’s political, commercial and religious centre, while above it, the Palatine was ancient Rome’s most exclusive neigborhood, home of the emperor and city elite. 06 39967700
St Peter’s Basilica • Vatican & Prati
The Vatican’s showpiece basilica. Majestic from the outside, it contains many priceless treasures including Michelangelo’s hallowed Pietà sculpture. Admission is free but there’s a €5 ticket to climb the dome (€8 if you use the lift).
Vatican Museums (http://www.museivaticani.va) • Vatican & Prati
One of the world’s great art museums. There’s too much to take in on a single visit but make sure to check out the Museo Pio-Clementino, the Raphael Rooms, and the Michelangelo-frescoed Sistine Chapel. Book tickets online to avoid long queues at the entrance. 06 69884676
Pantheon • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
This landmark temple (now officially a church) is Rome’s best preserved ancient building. Step inside to get the full measure of the place – its dome is the largest non-reinforced concrete dome ever built.
Piazza Navona • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Central Rome’s most beautiful baroque piazza. At its center, the extravagant Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) is one of many Roman works by the 17th-century artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Try to visit first thing in the morning before the daily crowds arrive.
Museo e Galleria Borghese (www.galleriaborghese.it) • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
The pick of the museums in Villa Borghese. Its collection of Renaissance and baroque art includes sculptures by Bernini and Antonio Canova, and paintings by Caravaggio. Entry is strictly regulated so you’ll need to reserve a ticket, either online or by phone. 06 32810
Victor Emmanuel Monument (aka. Il Vittoriano) • Ancient Rome & Monti
You can’t miss this colossal mass of white marble, actually a monument to Italy’s first king Vittorio Emanuele II. Inside you’ll find several museums and galleries but more exciting are the 360-degree views from the top of the structure. Take the panoramic lift to get to the viewing balcony.
Capitoline Museums (www.museicapitolini.org) • Ancient Rome & Monti
One of the world’s oldest museums with a mesmerising collection of classical art. Its signature piece is the Lupa capitolina, an Etruscan bronze of a wolf standing over Romulus and Remus. It also has an important collection of Old Master paintings. 06 0608
Via Appia Antica • Southern Rome
The Appian Way, the most famous of Rome’s ancient roads. See where the early Christians buried their dead on a guided tour of the catacombs or stay above ground and enjoy the bucolic scenery. Bikes are available for hire at an info point at Via Appia Antica 58-60.
Trevi Fountain • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Rome’s largest and most flamboyant fountain. The custom here is to toss a coin into the water and so ensure you’ll return to Rome one day. About €3000 is thrown in per day. This is collected and donated to the Catholic charity Caritas.
Spanish Steps • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Rome’s most celebrated staircase. For the best photo ops, visit between mid-April and mid-May when the stairs are adorned with vases of colourful azaleas.
Villa Borghese • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
Rome’s central park is an ideal spot to recharge your batteries. An 80-hectare oasis of greenery, it harbors several excellent museums and the city zoo, as well as romantic views from the Pincio balcony. You can also hire bikes at various points.
Trastevere • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
One of Rome’s most photogenic neighborhoods. Its narrow lanes are a joy to wander and there are several fascinating churches to explore. Most spectacularly, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is famous for its golden 12th-century mosaics.
Bocca della Verità • Ancient Rome & Monti
Take a selfie at the Mouth of Truth. According to a popular Roman legend, the Mouth will slam shut on anyone who tells a lie with their hand in it. The Mouth resides at the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin near the Circo Massimo.
Castel Sant’Angelo (www.castelsantangelo.com) • Vatican & Prati
Rome’s landmark castle. Explore its furnished, frescoed interiors and enjoy memorable views from the rooftop terrace. 06 6896003
Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
The Pantheon, baroque piazzas, art-rich churches, fashion boutiques, designer bars, cafes and neighbourhood trattorias – this is the Rome you came to see.
Best stuff: Hotel Campo de’ Fiori; JK Place; Hotel Cesàri; Salumeria Roscioli; Emma Pizzeria; Armando al Pantheon; Casa Coppelle; Forno Campo de’ Fiori; Supplizio; Venchi; Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio; Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella; Marta Ray; Ibiz; SBU; Campo de’ Fiori Market; Bartolucci; Open Baladin; Etablì; Jerry Thomas; Salotto 42; Barnum Café; Tazza d’Oro; Caffè Sant’Eustacchio; Roscioli Caffè; Caffetteria Chiostro del Bramante; Pantheon; Piazza Navona.
Vatican & Prati
The Vatican, the world’s smallest country, sits northwest of the city center. Its main drawcards are St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, home of the Sistine Chapel. Nearby, the elegant Prati district offers good shopping and a great choice of restaurants, takeaways and bars.
Best stuff: Palazzo Cardinal Cesi; Ristorante L’Arcangelo; Pizzarium; Alexanderplatz; Sciascia Caffè; St Peter’s Basilica; Vatican Museums; Castel Sant’Angelo.
Ancient Rome & Monti
Southeast of the historic center, this is where you’ll find the Colosseum and the city’s most iconic ruins. A short walk from the forums, hip Monti has a village-vibe with its cool boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Best stuff: Inn at the Roman Forum; Hotel Lancelot; Nerva Boutique Hotel; L’Asino d’Oro; Caffetteria Musei Capitolini; Caffe Bohemien; Colosseum; Roman Forum & Palatine; Victor Emmanuel Monument; Capitoline Museums; Bocca della Verità.
Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Rome’s premier shopping district. A swank, touristy part of town, it’s home to luxury hotels, smart cafes, flagship designer boutiques and several major sights.
Best stuff: Portrait Roma; Hotel de Russie; Fendi; La Bottega del Marmoraro; Sermoneta; Stravinskij Bar; Antico Caffè Greco; Canova Tadolini; Trevi Fountain; Spanish Steps.
A beautiful medieval neighborhood with colorful buildings, cobbled lanes and vibrant piazzas. Good-looking by day, it parties at night as tourists, expats, students and locals flock to its many cafes, bars, restaurants and pizzerias.
Best stuff: Relais Le Clarisse; Glass Hostaria; Fatamorgana; Porta Portese Market; Freni e Frizioni; Bar San Calisto.
Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale
Less frenetic than other central neighborhoods. Villa Borghese, Rome’s central park, is the main focus but you can also visit Italy’s presidential palace and several excellent museums.
Best stuff: Hotel Eden; Villa Spalletti Trivelli; Palm Gallery Hotel; Colline Emiliane; Metamorfosi; Museo e Galleria Borghese; Villa Borghese.
Termini & Around
This extensive and not obviously attractive area is centered on Termini Station, Rome’s principle transport hub. To the east, the studenty San Lorenzo neighborhood and boho district of Pigneto are packed with trendy restaurants, bars and clubs.
Best stuff: Residenza Cellini; Mercato Centrale; Co.So.
Testaccio & Ostiense
Off the main tourist radar, Testaccio has few must-see sights but is a foodie hotspot with some excellent trattorias. To the south, the former industrial zone of Ostiense is a trendy nightlife zone, home to several top clubs.
Best stuff: Giulietta Pizzeria; Da Felice; Mordi e Vai; Eataly; Goa.
Rome’s southern reaches encompass Via Appia Antica, the legendary Appian Way, and the EUR district, famous for its 1930s rationalist architecture.
Best stuff: Via Appia Antica.