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Apartment in Pratti district

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Your comments on this area of Rome welcomed. Safe? Close to center of city?

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    From Wikipedia:

    Prati is the XXII rione of Rome. Its logo is the shape of Hadrian's mausoleum, in a blue color on a silver background. Hadrian's mausoleum (the modern Castel Sant'Angelo) was not in this area, but in the rione Borgo, bordering Prati to the south. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Rome. In Piazza Della Libertà, on January, 1900 was founded one of roman football team S.S. Lazio

    In administrative terms, Prati, unlike Trastevere, does not belong to the Center (I Municipio), but to the XVII Municipio, together with the rione of Borgo and the quartieri Trionfale and Della Vittoria (around Piazza Mazzini).

    The Via Cola di Rienzo is one of the most famous streets in Rome for shops and cafés.

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    If you are close to the subway line, Prati could be a good spot from which to see the city. Prices (for apartments) are much lower on that side of the Tiber.

    But for my money, it's a bit remote for walking and certainly lacking the rich history of the Centro Storico. These were, after all, "prati" -- pastureland -- until the late 19th C.

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    We've lived in the Prati/Vatican area for 3+ years. It's not in the center, but with metro and bus connections, it's quite accessible. We used the A line Metro, and buses 70, 23, 30, 87, 271, 492, 81, and 280 daily. We would often walk from our apartment (1 block from the Vatican Museum entrance) to the centro area for dinner. It would take about 20 minutes and we'd cut through another country on the way home (the Vatican). How often can you say that?

    The Prati area is less expensive than the centro area and after dark, when the Vatican area closes up, has a far more local flavor. It's quite safe - we'd often walk home from dinner after midnight. If you know where to go, there are some great restaurants in the area... but they are smaller and less well-known than their centro counterparts. Food near the Vatican museums entrance and St. Peter's is obviously more tourist-oriented.

    We enjoyed having Mercato Trionfale, the largest indoor market in Rome, next to our apartment. We'd head to the flower market ( http://tinyurl.com/mercato-fiori )early Tuesday mornings for the best deals. And Ottaviano Metro also has many different bancarelle each day - see http://tinyurl.com/bancarelle . Of course, you can head to Franchi, Castroni, or many of the "name" shops on the Cola di Rienzo, my wife's favorite shopping neighborhood.

    For a hotel or B&B, you'll save some money not being downtown. Here's a lost of the "best-rated" accommodations in the area: http://tinyurl.com/hotels-prati

    Recently, we booked an apartment in the area. Here's an article on our experience with Sleep in Italy: http://tinyurl.com/Rome-apt

    It's different than being downtown, but like Trastevere (another favorite spot of ours), it's easy to get to the centro area from. Enjoy!

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