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The wide, busy streets around Rome’s central train station feel much more urban than the rest of the city center. Traffic is heavier, 19th-century buildings are taller, and the overall feeling is gray and commercial—not the Rome of travel brochure fantasies. But the hotel density here is the highest in the city, and you’re assured of finding a room in a pinch. And parts of this area, such as Monti and San Lorenzo, have become popular with the hipster crowd thanks to abundant eateries (both Italian and ethnic) and funky wine bars. Although most travelers choose the area because it’s cheap, there are a surprising number of high-end hotels here as well, and if you’re looking for a luxurious room, the price-quality ratio here is better than in swankier parts of town.

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Rome Hotels

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Rome Restaurants

In Rome, the Eternal(ly culinarily conservative) City, simple yet joyously traditional cuisine reigns supreme. Most chefs prefer to follow the mantra of...read more

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Things To Do in Rome

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  • Rome Today

    Coming off the Autostrada at Roma Nord or Roma Sud, you know by the convergence of heavily trafficked routes that you are entering a grand nexus:... Read more

  • Top Attractions in Rome

    Constructed to honor all pagan gods, this best preserved temple of ancient Rome was rebuilt in the 2nd century AD by Emperor Hadrian, and to... Read more

  • Top Museums in Rome

    None other than the great Michelangelo would suffice to design the master plan for Rome's own collection of art and archaeological museums, which... Read more

  • Top Churches in Rome

    Every year, millions of pilgrims flock to the world's most important Catholic church, as art lovers marvel at Michelangelo's cupola, Bernini's... Read more

  • Rome Like a Local

    “When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Undoubtedly, the catch phrase may sound a bit clichéd, but locals themselves will even suggest this advice... Read more

  • Enjoying the Gilt: A Stroll Through the Baroque Quarter

    The most important clue to the Romans is their Baroque art—not its artistic technicalities, but its spirit. When you understand that, you'll... Read more

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