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If there is one city in Europe that you really must see, it is Rome. Rome is a city with many stories, and all the sights can still show you its history. The city is an open air museum, which is really full of gigantic buildings from the Roman era, interspersed with narrow Italian streets, cozy restaurants and small Fiat cars. Allow at least four days for a visit and go to the nicest areas of Rome.
Rome is a big city and has long been the beating heart of much of Europe. And it is still one of the most important and above all most beautiful cities. This is mainly due to the historical sights of the city. From the Colosseum, Vatican City, the working-class district of the city is Trastevere to the Pantheon and the rose gardens. The city is large and it is therefore smart to delve into the differences in Rome beforehand. This way you can plan your city trip well and you can map out your routes. Do a lot of walking in Rome anyway.
We count Vatican City as a ‘neighbourhood’, while it is actually an independent state. At only 44 hectares, it is the smallest in the world. The microstate was created in 1929 and the head of state of Vatican City is the Pope. The Vatican City has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 and St. Peter’s Basilica is the most imposing building. Vatican City is the area for lovers of classical art and for the best view of the city, climb St. Peter’s. The streets around Vatican City are getting hipper.
Trastevere – the most famous neighborhood in Rome
The working-class district of the city is Trastevere, which lies west of the River Tiber and south of the Vatican City. With quiet streets, plenty of restaurants and less polished buildings, Trastevere is the purest part of Rome. It is affordable, very atmospheric and authentic. Trastevere has many local shops, an almost daily fresh food market and many, many restaurants and bars and is known as one of the nicest areas in Rome.
Piazza di Spagna
The area around Piazza di Spagna (The Spanish Square) takes its name from the Spanish Embassy that was located on this square in the 17th century and is the area around the Spanish Steps. Near the square are several shopping streets with exclusive shops. A number of sights next to the stairs are Fontana della Barcaccia, the French church Trinità dei Monti and nearby you will find Villa Borghese. Villa Borghese is a lovely park that is located on a hill so you have a view over the city. It is green, full of terraces, ponds and there are a number of galleries.
Trevi and Tridente
The Rione Trevi is the second rione of Rome. The name comes from the Latin word trivium and refers to the three streets leading to Piazza dei Crociferi, where the current Trevi Fountain stands. During the Renaissance, many churches and fountains were built in the district, which became even more important when the Pope himself came to live there. The Trevi district consists of two parts: the high part in the hills and a low part along the Tiber River. Trevi is the district of fountains, palaces and churches. When you walk around here you will understand why this is one of the nicest cities in Europe. This neighborhood in Rome is officially called Tridente.
Monti – the hippest neighborhood in Rome
Just behind the Colosseum you will find Monti, the neighborhood that is becoming increasingly hip & trendy, especially due to the many young people. Many artists, designers, architects and writers live in the area. During the day you will find special places to shop here, with lots of vintage clothing, handicrafts and workshops. In the evenings, the neighborhood turns into a large, cozy entertainment district, where you can enjoy a good drink from an aperitivo to an after-dinner drink. The main square is Piazza Madonna dei Monti. In the evenings here it is usually packed with Italian young people who gather around the ancient fountain with a glass or bottle in hand. Monti has been the nicest neighborhood in Rome for years.
Formerly the real working class district of Rome, nowadays the neighborhood where all the hip foodies come. Testaccio is next to the River Tiber, and every Sunday there is a two kilometer long market. Not only with food but you can also buy clothes and souvenirs. Also in this district is a large indoor food hall Mercato di Testaccio, and there are a number of museums. Testaccio is still a relatively undiscovered area in Rome, but is an ideal location to stay. All famous sights are a stone’s throw away and there is no shortage of restaurants. You will certainly visit this district during a city trip.