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Franco's favourite ... Roman accomo…districts

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In fact, I wanted to tell about my favourite accomodation in Rome, which is an apartment (surprise!! – I almost exclusively rent apartments for longer stays, for those who don't know yet) ... but: I don't find it anymore on the web! Seems to have vanished, at least from the internet... actually, I still have the owners' names and phone numbers, but of course I can't post them here. They had more apartments than just "mine", all located in Trastevere. And the (very basic, but wonderfully familiar) "hotel", in fact, rather a "bed without breakfast" type of accomodation, which I used to rent prior to that, doesn't exist anymore (in this case, it's for sure – the owners have ceased activity due to their age).
Well, let's talk about Roman districts instead! Trastevere is certainly my favourite choice for accomodations – more precisely, the southern part of it, more or less opposite the Tiber island! That's a wonderfully unspoiled part of the historic center, and perfectly located re: getting around – most of the main bus routes head along the Tiber, and you can reach many parts of the center by foot: the northern, more famous (and more crowded) part of Trastevere, the ancient Ghetto, the Foro Boario.
Other wonderful choices include:
- the Ghetto
- the Campo de' Fiori – Piazza Farnese – Via Giulia area
- the Piazza Navona – Pantheon area (Rome's most beautiful neighbourhood, though maybe too crowded to make it my first choice for staying there)
- the part west of Piazza Navona, or north of the Chiesa Nuova
- or maybe the Aventine hill, if you prefer to stay a little away from the madhouse center of this bustling and whirling capital
I strongly advise against staying further away, however – the Vatican area for example is not a good idea, since it's not only boring and not too pretty, but first of all makes you lose hours: Rome is a huge city with an absolutely crazy traffic, and it's really important where you base yourself, or you will be wasting a considerable portion of your stay just traveling from your accomodation to the sights, and back.
The Termini (train station) surroundings, on the other hand, have very good transport connections, but that's an ugly neighbourhood (like most train station surroundings anywhere in the world) – and I mean the FAR surroundings of Termini, not just the immediate ones. Another district to avoid is the one between the Colosseum and the Lateran – that's the one and only part of historic Rome where safety is a problem (everyone advises not to go there at night, so I wouldn't want to have my apartment/hotel there!).
If public transport wouldn't take so much time in Rome, I'd almost like to recommend the Testaccio district, too – a hard-working neighbourhood from antiquity on (it was ancient Rome's harbour), and a colourful, interesting, and likeable (though not exactly pretty) district. But alas, not too conveniently located for sightseeing...
Btw, if you're coming to Rome by car, your choices are more limited – parking and driving is permitted to residents only in the very center, so you might prefer southern Trastevere or the Aventine with a car.

Please note: This thread is not primarily meant for discussion… it's primarily meant for substituting myself while work won't permit regular posting during the next six or so months. I'll try to check once a week, however, so if anyone would like me to answer any questions related to accomodation in Rome, please post them here – I won't unfortunately be able to browse all the other threads…

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