PIAZZA DE SPAGNA (SPANISH STEPS)
The Piazza de Spagna neighbourhood is one of the most expensive parts of the city. Its streets are lined with pricey hotels, hip cafes, restaurants and upscale boutiques with dazzling window displays. Via Condotti, the premium shopping street of Rome starts from Piazza de Spagna. The piazza is also a very popular meeting place for people, so it can get crowded. Villa Borghese and the Trevi Fountain are close by. Piazza de Spagna is as fashionable as it gets.
PIAZZA NAVONA AND PANTHEON
Piazza Navona is located in the historic center of Rome, west of the Pantheon which is a magnificent reminder of the Roman Empire. This is a charming neighbourhood, with narrow medieval period cobblestone streets dotted with architecture from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Piazza Navona is one of the liveliest squares in Rome with fountains designed by Bernini and it’s packed with cafes, restaurants and artists. It is a great place to have a glass of wine and watch people. Campo Dei Fiori’s popular market and lively nightlife is a short walk away.
MONTI (NEAR THE COLOSSEUM)
Monti is one of the oldest quarters in Rome. It’s bohemian and picturesque with ancient, winding streets and piazzas that are perfect for strolling and for discovering cozy restaurants, cafes, bars and art/craft shops. But the best part about staying here is that you’re walking distance from some of Rome’s biggest attractions: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Imperial Forums, Palatine Hill, Capitol Hill, Piazza Venezia and Circus Maximus. If you’re into art and history, Monti it is.
NEAR THE VATICAN
The neighborhood around the Vatican is called Borgo. It’s not the liveliest district in terms of nightlife and is a little away from the action of the city centre. But it does have some very good restaurants and cafes. If you’re looking for a quiet stay in a residential area, Borgo is ideal. Besides, you’re in the midst of greatness: the Vatican Museums, St. Peters Square, Vatican Gardens and of course, the Pope himself.
NEAR PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
Set on the edge of Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo is a massive and beautiful oval shaped square where people gather to celebrate football victories and New Year’s Eve. It attracts quite a few people on other days too. The piazza is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, outdoor cafes and the twin churches, Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. It being close to Piazza de Spagna is a plus point.
Trastevere is easily one of Rome’s most charming neighbourhoods. It’s a lovely mix of the old and the new. Churches, narrow alleys, cobble stone streets and charming balconies happily co-exist with trendy bars, lively pubs, funky shops and internet cafes. At the heart of Trastevere is the gorgeous Piazza Santa Maria with its beautiful fountain, outdoor cafes and musicians. And if you happen to be in area on a Sunday morning, check out the Porta Portese flea market. The Vatican and St. Peter’s Square are close by.