There are a multitude a treasures to discover in Rome that a lifetime of exploring is not enough. Take for instance the medieval monastery of Santi Quattro Coronati. It was here during World War II that cloistered nuns opened the inviolable precincts to shelter persecuted Jews and opponents of Nazi Fascism.
Take a delightful break from the dense history and architecture of the central part of Rome among the whimsical and strange architecture of the Coppedè district. It is just east of the Borghese Gardens in an upscale neighborhood, filled with embassies. From the Spanish Steps it is a 15 minute taxi ride, 30 minutes by bus or a 40 minute walk.
This amazing district was designed by Gino Coppedè (1866-1927) an architect and designer who joyously designed buildings throughout Italy with Art Nouveau style. In Rome the homes and structures evidence styles from medieval, baroque, greek and just plain fantasy! Continue reading Hidden Fantasy Rome Neighborhood – Coppedè Quarter
Renowned travel blogger Leah Travels tells us all about her enjoyable stay in Rome.
The Spanish Steps have been an inspiration for poets, painters and artists since the early 1720s. They’re also a landmark I frequented during my fourth visit to Rome in June. My Italy Perfect apartment was just a one-minute walk from Piazza di Spagna, the home of the Spanish Steps. Continue reading A Roman Holiday: Staying near the Spanish Steps in the Sabini Sistina Apartment
Orvieto is a gem of a town in Italy. Perched high atop an Umbrian hill, it has beautiful spaces, dramatic views, famous art and dramatic history for visitors to enjoy. The old part of the city is a bit of window into the past because it is virtually traffic-free.
Only an hour-and-a-half north of Rome, the walled city of Orvieto is a great place to experience an ancient, important hilltown. It is convenient too, since it is fairly easy to reach from Rome or Florence.
- Easy daytrip from Rome. You can even take the train. Or, for a relaxing outing we can recommend a private driver who will organize a day excursion so you can relax and take in the scenic views along the road.
- Convenient drop-off point for a rental car when traveling to or from Rome, avoiding all traffic around the city…and you can visit the charming town and then hop on the train to Rome.
- Stopping point for trips between southern points and northern ones. Nice to get off the highway and have a delicious lunch in the piazza.
Here are the Roman neighborhoods most prized by tourists who like to walk to and from the sites and roam the wonders of this amazing city. The naming of the areas can confound because some use the ancient designations, such as “Campo Marzio”, widely referred to as the Spanish Steps area, while others use medieval names, and others, like us, will go with conventional names that are more descriptive of what sites you’ll find there.
Rome is a big city, but the historic center is very manageable. You can visit most of it on foot or just a short bus or metro ride between sites. Tourists who like to wander out their front door into the most intriguing places in the city have a wealth of wonderful areas to choose in the historic center. We select all the apartments we represent for their prime locations in Rome’s historic center. Here are our favorite locations.
Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo & Trident
This famous neighborhood is crossed by a trident of streets that leads south from Piazza del Popolo. This most upscale neighborhood in the center has great shopping and dining.
- The Spanish Steps with its iconic stairs, fountain and designer shopping draws all visitors.
- Piazza del Popolo has welcomed tourists since mideaval time with an expansive piazza, Egyptian obelisk and ancient gate in the Roman wall.
- Via del Babuino for charm.
Italy Perfect Vacation rental selection is wonderful: Large properties are Villa Aurora, Spagna, Zegno, Valentina, Umberto, Casa Ruffo and Elegante. Two bedroom apartments: Flaminio, Greci, Sabini Sistina, Renata, Minerva’s Treasure, Ginevra and Orlando. One bedrooms: Angelina, Bellina and Princess Paolina.
Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, Pantheon
Wander the maze of narrow streets and alleys dating from the Middle Ages that open into beautiful piazzas with delightful fountains and wonderful Renaissance and baroque churches and palaces. All the while ancient Rome is always present.
- Piazza Navona is glorious with fountains, statues, cafes, restaurants and street artists of all kinds.
- The Pantheon, built 1900 years ago, is a magnet for the ancient temple as well as its lovely piazza.
- Campo de’ Fiori is another glorious piazza with a farmers market as well restaurants.
- Another great piazza is Piazza Mattei leading to the historic Jewish Ghetto.
- Not to miss, of course, is the Trevi Fountain for beauty and the magic 3 coins tossed into the fountain to ensure you’ll return to Rome someday.
Ancient Rome and Monti
Modern monuments and ancient ones define this Eternal City. Wander through time.
- Piazza Venezia with the gleaming Victor Emmanuel Monument is just the beginning and a great point for navigation.
- The Roman, Imperial and Trajan’s forums echo with glory.
- And above rises the Palatine hill with ancient palatial ruins.
- The Coliseum is a must.
- The Monti neighborhood leads to the Coliseum and is artsy and quirky.
Via Veneto, Villa Borghese & Piazza Barberini
Via Veneto winds gracefully down from Villa Borghese with the cafes and restaurants that defined La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini
- Within the beautiful Borghese Gardens is a gem of a museum the Borghese Gallery.
- The Via Veneto itself offers a pleasant walk with good shopping and cafes.
- Piazza Barberini is another great piazza with the iconic Triton Fountain.
Nobile is a lovely apartment in this neighborhood.
Vatican, St Peters, Prati
Just across the fabled Tiber river the proximity to the Vatican and St Peters is enhanced by the great shopping and dining in the Prati neighborhood. Boulevards with nice architecture.
- St Peters and the Vatican museums are magnets for so many.
- Castel Sant’Angelo is an ancient fortification for the Popes.
Everyone loves Trastevere. It is a neighborhood with fun restaurants, charming streets and roaming students from abroad. Known for night life.
- Santa Maria in Trastevere is a beautiful and ancient church in a piazza that is a gathering spot for locals, tourists, students, street performers.
- Restaurants with live entertainment charm tourists.
- Walk up to the top of the Janiculum hill for gorgeous views over the city