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What is the best location neighborhood to stay in Rome to be centrally located for all of the major cites
I have to agree with that answer. We stayed at Hotel Torino.
Via Principe Amedeo, 8,(Teatro dell'Opera) 00185 Rome
The hotel is ideally situated, five minutes from the main Termini Stazione bus and train station, and ten minutes walk to the heart of Roman Rome at the Colosseum
We stayed near the Termini station in a hotel called the Borromeo Hotel: http://www.hotelborromeo.com/
It was an easy 10 minute walk to the Colosseum, Pantheon, etc. straight shot down the main street in front of the hotel and only a couple of blocks (3-4)? from an underground which took us to all points further such as the Vatican.
One could walk to the Spanish Steps or Trevi or jump on the underground and reach them.
Additionally, we walked to and from the main termini station with our luggage both on arrival from Florence and departure to Naples.
We were very happy in this area and found it the most convenient.
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Central Rome is actually much more compact than most first-visitors realize: only a couple of miles wide by a couple miles long. It's easily walked, and also has good public transit so nowhere is really very far away from the sights. Those are scattered all over - the Colosseum is at an opposite end of the Centro Storico from the Spanish Steps - so what one visitor may consider "convenient" may not be considered so by another.
But we've rarely ever needed or wanted to use public transit as it's such a great city to walk! We stayed very near Termini (Rebubblica) last time and found it very convenient to everything plus an easy walk to/from our hotel from the station. Another time we stayed up the Prati, which we very much enjoyed but would probably be longer walk to the southern-most attractions than many visitors would like. Trastevere is another area many visitors enjoy but is considered too far for others. Then again, there's always public transit...
I'd probably choose somewhere around Pantheon, Repubblica, Navona or Trevi.
There is no single best neighborhood in Rome to stay in, or, as goodfish points out, because of the geography and transportation, there are a lot of "best" neighborhoods ;-)
Indeed, in Rome, it's also possible to stay just outside the city center in a cheaper place and commute in. Why not? Romans do ;-)
Note that buses go everywhere in Rome, so don't pick a neighborhood based on the bus. However, the Metro does NOT go everywhere in Rome, but is rather can irregular "X" that is centered on the east side of town. Thus, neighborhoods like Trastevere - the "medieval" part of Rome just across the Tiber from the center of the ancient city - have no Metro service.
But Kate is also right that many people have a great time in Rome and never find a need to get on the Metro. Sure, it's fast...but it's also underground, so you can't see anything. And it will be hard to find any walk that will be far (like a half a mile) where there aren't 10 things to see on the way, meaning that you would rather be walking anyway...
When it comes to neighborhoods, lots of people will say the Termini area, and indeed, because of the train station, there are a zillion hotels near it. But because I lived just outside of Rome west of town, I prefer the west side of Rome near the Vatican - it's a complete matter of personal preference.
Note that two of goodfish's locations: Pantheon and Navona, are quite close to each other, and would be what I consider the center of "pedestrian" Rome, a bustling area that is great to walk around in, and halfway between the Vatican and the rest of Rome...
We loved staying on Via Del Corso. It was well within walking distances of most major attractions (except the Vatican)
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You said you wanted access to "other cities" so I wonder if you're planning to visit places like Siena, Florence, Lucca, etc. If so, the closer to Termini Station the better and you've gotten some excellent suggestions above. Traveling by train in Italy makes a lot of sense.
"centrally located for all of the major cites"
I don't think the OP meant "cities" but "sights"...or maybe "sites"...it's gotten to the point that even we native speakers don't know which one we mean ;-)
Sorry. I should have caught that. My new eyeglasses are supposed to arrive this week. I'll be very happy when they get here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I prefer the area around Piazza Navona. I seem to get better value for being in a nice area. As mentioned, Rome is rather compact and even if you walk most the day, a taxi back to your hotel is relatively inexpensive. Some people like the area around Termini. Personally I don't find it an attractive area. The area around Spanish Steps is nice, but usually a little more expensive. Enjoy..
Agree about Termini area- I PERSONALLY do not find it attractive.
The great hotel we stayed at in Rome (Via del Corso) was under 100 euros per night, and close to Spanish Steps
Our B&B, ‘Guest House Masterintrastevere’, was a neat and clean affair. We had a largish room with an attached toilet. The room had A/C, a fridge, a large blower, TV and free wi-fi. Breakfast was in a coffee shop across the road and consisted of tea or coffee and a croissant. Not much but a deal at the price we were paying in high tourist season, Euro 480/- for six nights, inclusive of VAT but exclusive of Euro 2/- per person per night, City Tax. It’s other plus points were easy accessibility to Tram No. 8 that took barely 10-minutes to Largo Argentina, closeness to two bus stops, walking distance from a well-stocked provisions store (‘Simply’) and barely 500 metres from Rome Trastevere Station.
Just to note, the OP has another post asking "What is the best hotel that has breakfast and a lift in the Termini location. I am on a moderate budget and would like to pay UNDER $100 a night for the room."
And to add, our hotel was near Termini but not right on it: Repubblica is just a few blocks away from the station, and Quattro Fontane was 1 block up the street. Area had lots of useful services and we enjoyed it.
not to be everyone's taste, but this was based on price and convenience
First time in Rome, we stayed near Trastavere station (not in Trastavere itself).
Reasons being, didn't fancy the busy area near Termini or the more expensive 'central' areas.
Fairly 'quiet' area
On the local train line from FCO
Handy train up to the port.
Handy train up to (near) the Vatican
A bit of a walk to the central area, but not too excessive (or local transport).
Trastavere itself within walking distance or local transport.