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Is Trastevere area good area to stay in Rome?

Is Trastevere area good area to stay in Rome?

Jun 9th, 2005, 02:35 PM
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Petlover, I looked up that apartment. It's lovely. And it has a terrace and a view! True, it's not on the north side of Viale Trastavere, but it's close enough to it that you still will feel that liveliness that Trastavere offers. It's not on the dull side of Trastavere, which is closer to the churchs of St. Frances and St. Cecilia (my opinion).

The Spanish Steps are a mob scene and that's why no one recommends it much. Talk about tourist central and you have the general idea!
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Jun 9th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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I've stayed in three neighborhoods in Rome,Piazza Navona,Campo dei Fiori and Trastevere. They were all fine,but for someone who is new to Rome and wants to see "all of the sites/sights," I'd have to suggest Piazza Navona/Pantheon neighborhoods.In my opinion,you'll be in the most beautiful area with the best proximity to practically everything. You'll also have easy access to major bus lines here.Trastevere was fine,but it's a bit off the beaten path,which is part of the charm.I will have to say,though,that I found it to be loaded with drunk American students,as John Cabot University is there,and maybe others as well!
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Jun 9th, 2005, 02:50 PM
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petlover, what time of year are you visiting Rome? I agree that Spanish Steps is a mob scene, but some people do like it very much, and I would guess that it's less congested in late fall/winter.

I had the good fortune of staying at the Del Senato next to the Pantheon once, and while it certainly was nice to be right *there,* I actually found that area kind of a mob scene too.

But, heck, it's Rome--its imperfections are inspiring. And none of the areas you've mentioned are "unsafe."
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Jun 9th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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I enjoyed my first stay in Trastevere in March.

I know years ago that area had a reputation of being a bit seedy and a bit "dangerous", but that was about 20 years ago and it has become gentrified to a point. I didn't come across hoards of drunken teens, just a few groups around the cinema after midnight, but you get that in Campo D.F. too. I found Tras. completely safe, clean and walkable even late at night but I don't mind walking, in fact that is how I enjoy a city. I have yet to take a bus or subway in Rome but I did take cabs when there was a time restraint.

If you want four stars right in the middle of things, you might want to stay somewhere else but Trastevere meets your other requirements.

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Jun 9th, 2005, 03:50 PM
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elaine: I too saw that post about the sale of S. Salvatore in Lauro.

Quite desolated by the news as I think I was the first person to mention it on this board.

I wandered into the kitchen and mentioned the fact to my dear spouse whose initial reaction was:

Gee, I wonder how much they are asking....

Trastevere is not quite my preferred cup of tea but anything old and central in Rome is in the ballpark, IMO.

I resolved for our March trip that I would go nowhere in the Termini area, which I find soulless -- ditto surroundings of the Trevi fountain.

But we found many unexpected and unknown (to us) corners elsewhere (Celio and Gianicolo -- who knew)
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Jun 9th, 2005, 05:29 PM
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We stayed in a friend's apartment in Trastevere while my inlaws stayed near Termini. We preferred Trastevere.

Rome is actually a really small city in many ways. We would walk from Trastevere to the Pantheon, Termini, etc. and enjoyed seeing more of the city that way - but we like to walk.

Great restaurants.
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Jun 9th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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Hi petlover,

I have stayed in an apartment in Trastevere and I really liked it. I've also stayed in Campo D'Fiori. I really liked both a ton. I checked out the link and it's in a good location. The apartment we stayed at in Trastevere was further northwest along the river past the Ponte Sisto.

The apartment you're looking at looks very nice and has some fabulous views and a very nice terrace. It's really something to consider. However, my other suggestions would be to check out places in Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona. The place I stayed at in Campo de Fiori is called Albergo Smeraldo. I was there alone for five nights and was able to walk everywhere till the wee hours and it was very very safe.

Whichever way you choose, just remember that you can easily visit the other areas. If you stay in Campo or Navona areas you can easily visit Trastevere for its liveliness and great restaurants. And vice versa.

I don't think you can make a bad choice between these areas. Whatever you do, just be sure to enjoy yourself.

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Jun 10th, 2005, 10:36 AM
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My family and I stayed in Trastevere when we were in Rome 3 years ago, and we loved it! We felt very safe, and we loved the whole atmosphere of the neighborhood. We also found that there were tons of incredible and cheap places to eat (our favorite was Pizzeria Popi-Popi). Make sure you get to see the churches of St. Cecelia and Santa Maria in Trastevere.
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