The 7 Hottest Neighbourhoods in Rome in 2022

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Seen the Colosseum? Sat on the Spanish Steps? Then it’s time to discover a different side to the Eternal City. Rome’s most happening neighbourhoods contain plenty of surprises, from hip vermouth bars and quirky cat bistros to amazing street art and great vintage shopping.

Whether you’re a design maven or a foodie, looking for nightlife or travelling with the kids, these are the best neighbourhoods in Rome when finding your home away from home...

Best for families: Trastevere

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Its bars and restaurants have long made Trastevere a buzzy night-time destination but it’s also a wonderful neighbourhood for families to explore. Kids can run free in the Botanical Gardens, explore the maze of vicoli (alleys) and marvel at the ornate Fontana dell’Acqua Paola atop the Janiculum Hill.

Hang out with the locals at Piazza San Cosimato and start your day at the playground or the lively morning market, which sells everything from cheese and olive oil to fresh flowers. Return in the evening for an aperitivo at Bar Il Siciliano and post-dinner gelato at Fatamorgana Gelato.

Trastevere Airbnb apartment, Italy

Stay: With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this classic Airbnb apartment on Campo de’ Fiori offers families plenty of room to spread out.

Best for culture: Prati

Prati, Rome, Italy

Prati’s grid of wide streets and art nouveau buildings makes it feel more like Paris than Rome. Delve into contemporary art at Restelli Art Co and Basement Roma, catch some jazz at Alexanderplatz Jazz Club or savour a slice of torta di noci (walnut cake) in an old-school cafe such as Sciascia Caffe or Antico Caffe Ruschena – once a favoured haunt of Italian director Federico Fellini.

Hotel Farnese, Prati, Rome, Italy

Stay: Old-school elegance is the name of the game at Hotel Farnese, with its velvet curtains, ornately-framed mirrors and rooftop breakfast room with views of St Peter’s Basilica. Book using Qantas Points at Qantas Hotels.

Best for design: Monti

Monti, Rome, Italy

Tucked between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, Monti squeezes a lot into a compact space. Come here for vintage shopping (try Pifebo on Via dei Serpenti and Moll Flanders on Via Urbana) and artisanal jewellery (top picks include Maria Greca and Argentia Jewels).

Monti Sacripante

Fuel up at the vine-covered La Casetta a Monti or unwind at one of Monti’s cool bars, such as art-focused Sacripante Gallery or the rooftop cocktail bar Mùn (above), where you can enjoy a glass of franciacorta wine while overlooking the grand dome of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore.

 Mùn bar, Rome, Italy

Stay: Housed in a former convent, the boutique Roma Luxus Hotel has rooms decorated in jewel tones, and is walking distance from several fine dining restaurants.

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Best for nightlife: Pigneto

Pigneto, Italy

Like Shoreditch in London, Pigneto has shed its industrial past to become one of Rome’s liveliest after-dark districts. Start the evening with a meal at the cosy Mile, with its ever-changing menu, or Bosco, known for its truffle dishes, before indulging in a little bar hopping. Kick off at the vermouth bar Mezzo Vermuteria or sip a carbonara sour at Co.So Cocktail & Social, where vodka is infused with guanciale (pork jowl) and spiked with egg white and black pepper. Wrap up the night with some tunes and a glass of wine at the laid back Bottigleria Pigneto.

Airbnb loft, Pigneto, Italy

Stay: This light-filled Airbnb loft blends designer touches – including a cherry-red Smeg fridge – with cosy additions, such as plenty of leafy house plants and a sunny terrace.

Best for foodies: Testaccio

Testaccio, Italy

Formerly home to the city’s slaughterhouse, Testaccio has been reborn as every foodie’s favourite neighbourhood. Beyond Rome’s largest food market, which showcases around 100 stalls and is open six days a week, are celebrated restaurants such as Felice a Testaccio and Taverna Volpetti as well as some of Rome’s best street food. Be prepared to queue for the pizza at CasaManco n.4 or the pizza pockets at Stefano Callegari’s Trapizzino.

Hotel San Anselmo, Testaccio, Italy

Stay: Perched on the hill above some of Testaccio’s best restaurants, the Hotel San Anselmo has opulent interiors accentuated by plush velvet furnishings and regal bed canopies, an art deco breakfast room and a courtyard garden. Book using Qantas Points at Qantas Hotels.

Best for artistic masterworks: Campo de’ Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori, Rome, Italy

This lively neighbourhood is known for its nightlife and its market, where the stalls range from fashion to farm-fresh produce. A lesser-known secret is that some of the city’s most remarkable artworks can also be found here.

Palazzo Spada, Italy

Palazzo Spada (above) displays works by Titian and Artemisia Gentileschi, as well as Borromini’s remarkable Perspective Gallery, while Michelangelo and the Carracci brothers worked on the ornate Palazzo Farnese. For Caravaggio fans, the church of San Luigi dei Francesi is home to no fewer than three of his paintings.

Boutique Hotel Campo dé Fiori, Italy

Stay: With its ivy-covered façade, its Pompeii-red walls and decadent canopy beds, the Boutique Hotel Campo dé Fiori will seduce anyone who loves a touch of grandeur. Book using Qantas Points at Qantas Hotels.

Best for the hipster crowd: Ostiense

Ostiense, Rome, Italy

They do things differently in Ostiense. As Rome’s street art hub, it’s also home to the Centrale Montemartini (below), a former power plant displaying ancient Roman art, and the city’s favourite cat cafe, Romeow Cat Bistrot, as well as the massive Eataly complex – four storeys dedicated to the best Italian foodstuffs.

Centrale Montemartini, Ostiense, Italy

There are some great Asian restaurants to try, including Ramen Bar Akira and Porto Fluviale, where seating options include the courtyard, the trattoria and the “living room”. If clubbing is your thing, head to Circolo degli Illuminati.

Stay: Convenience and character combine in this one-bedroom rooftop Airbnb apartment, perched near the metro station, which is crowned with a rooftop terrace.

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