With its unmatched collection of awe-inspiring ancient ruins, world-class cuisine, lively nightlife scene and passionate calcio culture, Rome is unlike anywhere else. Few destinations have as much allure, romance and intrigue as the Italian capital, and it continues to captivate the imaginations of besotted expats from all over the world.
Given the vast array of things to do and places to see in the Eternal City, deciding on where to live can be a daunting task. Thankfully, Nestpick, a search aggregator for apartment hunt in Rome, has put together this short guide to point you in the right direction and give you the upper crust of Rome’s enchanting neighborhoods.
This bohemian, village-like district on the west bank of the Tiber is easily the most popular place for young single expats to live. Despite being part of the historic centre, Trastevere maintains an air of serenity, offering a relaxing pace of life in a picturesque location. Replete with coffee bars, trendy boutiques, bookstores, street performers and a host of fantastic riverside drinking spots, this charming area will have you feeling like a Roman in no time.
If you’re looking to throw yourself headlong into the artistic heart of Rome, look no further than the traditionally working-class neighborhood of Testaccio. Combining an avant-garde attitude with affability, this authentic, unpretentious community continues to draw in throngs of creative types. With copious amounts of delicious street food available during the day and the city’s best club scene by night, youthful Testaccio is as wild as it is welcoming.
As the more mature relation to areas like Trastevere, Prati is a great place to raise a family. This peaceful, residential neighborhood is also reasonably affordable – offering safe, comfortable and spacious city living without having to break the bank. Prati’s wide boulevards boast some of the best shopping opportunities in Rome, while its central location – a stone’s throw from the opulent Vatican City – means the rest of the city can be easily accessed by foot or by public transport.
Sandwiched between La Sapienza University and the Termini train station, San Lorenzo is the Eternal City’s best-kept secret. With a more rugged feel than Testaccio and Trastevere, this alternative student district is filled with hip centro sociali (underground bars), discos, cabaret clubs and live music venues. You’ll also be able to explore a fantastic range of churches, contemporary art galleries and ancient Roman walls – and let’s not forget the mouthwatering selection of authentic Italian trattorias on offer. Bellissima.
The Colosseum may only be a short walk away, but Rome’s most famous landmark is far from the only thing that the artsy neighborhood of Monti has got going for it. With cobbled streets, dazzling piazzas, foaming fountains and a distinctly local character, you’ll feel like you’re living one long Roman holiday here. There’s also plenty of opportunity to wine and dine in one of the many bars and restaurants that Monti has to offer. Pull up a table for one and tuck into that delicious carbonara.