Rome travel tips

Rome: everything about the lifestyle, food and more

The city of food, wine, romance, music and ancient history, Rome is a wondrous place with a story behind every corner.

Known as the Eternal City, modern-day Rome finds that perfect balance between the classical style that the city is renowned for and tech-savvy modernity, making it perfect for digital nomads and remote workers. 

Here’s our insider scoop on all that this marvelous city has to offer, from where to stay and how to get around, to what to see and where to eat.

Coolest neighbourhoods to live in Rome

Tridente

Located in the centre of the city, Tridente might not be the quietest area but it’s right on the doorstep of the city’s most incredible sights, including the Trevi Fountain. With scenic squares where music fills the air, gorgeous palm trees and some nice coworking spots tucked away in quieter corners, Tridente is an excellent spot for sightseeing digital nomads.

Parione

Nestled between the River Tiber and the famous Pantheon, Parione is a hip district with an abundance of cool cafes and eateries, not to mention plenty of great coworking spaces. For those on a food and wine tour of Rome, it’s definitely the place to be.

Pigneto

An up-and-coming area with a cool laid-back vibe, Pigneto is far away enough from the center to avoid the crowds, yet close enough to the action for some energy and excitement. Full of great live music bars, excellent value restaurants, and lots of very cool co-working spaces, it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Rome for a digital nomad.

How to rent a flat in Rome

Find a flat through one of the following:

Rent in Rome FB group

With rooms, apartments, and houses available, all in English, the Rent in Rome Facebook group is a good place to start for those looking for accommodation.

Porta Portese

Italy’s biggest online advertising platform, Porta Portese is definitely worth checking out. One catch – it’s only in Italian. Don’t worry though, it’s easy enough to navigate – just go to the “Immobiliare” section, then the “Affitto-Subaffitto” section and fill in the required fields.

Affittasi Roma

Another Facebook group, this time in Italian, Affittasi Roma is great for those looking for a long term rental who want to practice their Italian. That’s right, it’s all in Italian – use Google translate if you have to, as these local groups tend to have far more options than just the expats pages.

How to rent a room in Rome

Nestpick

Great for finding individual rooms as well as whole apartments, Nestpick is an excellent online accommodation aggregator, all in English, for furnished apartments. You can filter by number of rooms, location, and price. 

Airbnb

For short-term rentals, Airbnb is hard to beat. Chances are, you’ll already be familiar with Airbnb, which makes the process of renting a room much simpler.

Spotahome

A huge accommodation portal with plenty of options to choose from, Spotahome allows you to filter your selection by room size, location, and price while offering quality photos to give you a real feel for the room.

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DoveVivo

The up-and-coming coliving platform is a great way to find a room in Rome. A favorite for many digital nomads, it features modern rooms fully furnished with everything a modern freelancer requires.

Hotels and hostels in Rome – What to expect?

There are lots of great hotel and hotel options in Rome, from full 5-star luxury pads to cute and comfy bargain boutiques, not to mention vibrant, cool hostels.

Let’s take a look at some of the best places to stay in Rome, whether you’re looking for luxury, peace, and quiet or a place to party till the break of dawn.

The RomeHello

Located in the heart of Rome, the RomeHello hostel is a great choice for digital nomads looking for an inexpensive, fun place to stay. Excellent facilities, friendly staff, and food that’s way better than the price suggests are just some of the reasons you should stay at this quality hostel.

The Beehive

There’s quite a buzz about this place. A small, friendly, family-run hostel, the Beehive is run by eco-conscious vegetarians and is the perfect place for like-minded people to meet. For digital nomads looking to swap ideas and get inspired by creative, dynamic people, the Beehive is where it’s at.

Hotel Campo de Fiori

Located in a picturesque area in the center of the city, this boutique hotel oozes style, with velvet carpets and typical Roman classical stylings. Soundproofed rooms, good facilities, and free WiFi make it a good pick for digital nomads, although the real draw is the sheer amount of amazing restaurants, bars, coworking spaces, and historic sites in the area.

Otivm Hotel

Close to all the main attractions and kitted out with quality WiFi and first-class facilities, the Otivm Hotel is a great midrange hotel for digital nomads. The terrace is an absolute beauty, with amazing city views, and the super friendly staff will make your stay all the more special.

Hotel de Russie

This heavenly hotel is all about luxury. Art Deco interiors are tastefully tinged with classical features, while the picturesque courtyard will take your breath away. In terms of location, it doesn’t get any better – the Hotel de Russie is between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza de Popolo.

St Regis

A lavish hotel from the Belle Epoque period, St Regis in Rome is one of the city’s most famous. The incredible central lobby gives way to sleek, modern rooms, with everything you could ever need at your fingertips. And, with museums, galleries, high-end restaurants and world-famous landmarks just a stroll away, you’re never too far from the best the city has to offer. 

Airbnb in Rome – What to expect?

Rome is an excellent city for Airbnb rentals. For those looking for luxury, there are a few great apartments in the heart of Rome. From panoramic penthouses with incredible views in the center (expect to pay at least €400 a night) to wonderfully spacious tech hubs, with all the essentials for a digital nomad (€250 a night), Airbnb has lots of luxury flats on offer.

For those looking for a bargain, there are some fantastic downtown lofts near the Piazza Navona for less than €90 a night. For budget travelers, rooms go for as little as €50 a night in Roma Centro or Borgo.

Coworking spaces in Rome

Rome has a burgeoning startup scene and the city has seen an influx of young, vibrant, tech-savvy digital nomads move to the city in recent years. So, it stands to reason that a number of excellent coworking spots have popped up in the Eternal City. Here are some of my favorites:

Office 21

A stylish, modern coworking space with a very relaxing atmosphere and very helpful owners who offer a local’s point of view on places to eat and things to see in the city. The desks are really impressive, as is the rest of the equipment. But the real value of this place is the lightning-fast WiFi, which is not always easy to find in Rome. Located right next to Piazza Navona, this is a star coworking spot in an unbeatable location.

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Wire Coworking

A key hub for the city’s startup community, Wire Coworking has tastefully furnished interiors, a relaxing ambiance, quality equipment, and private rooms. It’s easily accessible by public transport, with plenty of great cafes in the area to grab a bite to eat.

Lifestyle in Rome: living like an expat and digital nomad

For international freelancers, Rome is a dream of a city. With a diverse range of people from all over the world, plus a huge range of cultural influences on food, music, and other arts, it’s truly an excellent place for a creative person to settle.

Of course, at its heart, Rome is a historical wonderland. The city has its own charm and character – a blend of that deep mysterious history that always throws up surprises, with the modern, chic, cool counterpart, where anything can happen at any moment.

Parks in the city

Like all great cities, Rome has lots of green spaces, for those times when you need to slow down and enjoy a little peace and quiet.

The city’s main park is Villa Borghese, with its tranquil lake, lusciously landscaped gardens, and tree-lined avenues. Situated to the west of the River Tiber, Villa Doria Pamphilj is another feast for the senses, a park of picturesque beauty and elegant wilderness, with classical gardens complete with a magnificent maze.

Finally, to the southeast of the city, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, is the Parco Degli Acquedotti – a huge park that features the well-preserved remains of ancient aqueducts that date back 2,000 years. Come sunset, there are few better places to be in the city.

Museums

Simply put, Rome is one of the best cities in the world for museums. So, be prepared for a few jaw-dropping sights and cultural marvels during your time in the Eternal City.

If you’re an art lover, it doesn’t get much better than the Galleria Borghese. Featuring masterpieces by the likes of Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael, this small sumptuous classical art museum will take your breath away.

The Roman Forum is a part outdoor museum, part archaeological site, and is an absolute must-visit. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the ancient past of this incredible city.

Speaking of ancient sites, a visit to Rome isn’t complete without seeing the Colosseum in all its glory. Quite possibly the most incredible historical site in the world, this is one you cannot afford to miss. Go for a guided tour – it’s worth it.

Yoga in Rome

While seeking out some green spaces is a great way to relax, why not go with the flow and get yourself to a yoga studio? There are some great places offering a range of yoga types. So, if you’re a yoga regular you can keep to your routine, while if you’re a newbie you can open yourself up to a new experience.

RYOGO is Italy’s biggest yoga chain and offers everything from vinyasa flow and Hatha to ashtanga and kundalini. High fliers should head to Yoga Aventino, a studio that specializes in aerial and antigravity yoga. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, CENTRO Yoga 108 is an authentic yoga studio run by a master with 15 years of experience.

Rome nightlife

Rome by night is a thing of beauty. The stunning architecture provides a magical backdrop to the evenings, in a city where you’re never too far away from a good bar.

If you’re on the hunt for something with a friendly vibe, where locals and visitors mix, La Botticella of Poggi Giovanni is the perfect place. With excellent local wines at low prices, a central location and an enchanting atmosphere, it’s an ideal place to grab a drink and watch the evening float on by.

For a more lively time, head to Big Mama bar for some live blues, soul, and rock and roll.

Looking for something a bit more upmarket? Check out Drink Kong, a hip Japanese-style cocktail bar with great drinks served up in a subzero cool atmosphere.  

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Transport in Rome

As with any major city, knowing your way around the public transportation system is key. If you’re staying in the surrounding areas, you’re going to want to know how to get around, whether by bus, taxi, metro or train. 

Airport to the city centre

The best way to get from the airport to the city center is to catch a train. There are two options – the Leonardo Express (32 minutes at €14 a ticket) or the local FL1 train (48 minutes at €8 a ticket).

Other options include the Terravision airport bus (1 hour at €5.80) or a taxi (30-40 minutes at €48).

Rome bus

Rome’s city buses are notoriously complex but, as the metro system is limited, you may find yourself relying on them. Check the official site for schedule info and route information. Rome has recently overhauled its bus stops and many now display screens of upcoming buses, which makes things easier. Buy your bus tickets at newsstands or metro stations.

Taxis in Rome

The best way to catch a city taxi in Rome is to head to a taxi rank – you’ll notice large orange ‘taxi’ signs all over the city. Hailing taxis isn’t common in Rome – chances are they’ll drive straight by you – so, if there aren’t any waiting in a taxi rank, your best bet is to use the Grab app to find one.

Rome subway

Rome’s metro system is pretty straightforward. There are two lines (Linea A and Linea B) that form an X shape, meeting in the middle at the city’s central train station, Termini. Buy a Roma Pass from any newsstand or metro station and for unlimited metro use over 2-3 days.

Restaurants in Rome

Of course, we can’t talk about Rome without talking about food. Italy’s cuisine is up there with the best in the world and there are plenty of great places you should check out, from street eateries to fine dining establishments. Here are two of my favourites.

Pirandello 19

If pizza is your thing, there are so many amazing restaurants in the city to choose from. One of my favourites is this humble no thrills pizzeria, which serves up perfect pizza, Roman style. The interior is cosy and cool, while the service is warm and friendly.

Enoteca La Torre

For a fine dining experience, head to this magnificent Michelin-starred restaurant set in a grand old-world villa. The dishes are out of this world, the wine is some of the finest in Italy and the ambience is Rome at its most majestic.

Food culture in Rome

Rome is famous for its street food. From pizza and panini to supplí (meat-filled rice balls) and, of course, gelato, there are so many delicious street foods to try when in Rome. Around Tridente you can find a lot of places to snack or have a good espresso.

Then there are the fabulous food markets. Open Monday to Saturday, 7 am–3:30 pm, the city’s finest is Mercato Testaccio, where you can get a taste of the best street food Rome has to offer. If you find yourself in Roma’s Termini station, don’t forget to check out the underground market, Mercato Centrale, with its unbelievable selection of meat, cheese, and fresh vegetables.

The great thing about Rome – and Italy in general – is that the locals know how to enjoy food. At lunchtime, people stop, relax and settle down to enjoy the incredible cuisine that this mesmerizing city is famous for.

Well, you know what they say. When in Rome…

 

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