It isn’t hard to think of Rome as the Pantheon and the Colosseum. Although Rome’s centro storico or its historic centre is home to some of the most remarkable monuments in the city, there’s plenty to discover beyond the city centre. There’s actually much more to see and experience if you are familiar with the different Rome neighbourhoods.
Divided into 21 districts, Rome has a lot to offer to tourists, including a vast collection of restaurants, nightlife and sightseeing spots. Some of the coolest neighbourhoods in Rome include: Testaccio, Trastevere, Pigneto, Monti, and San Lorenzo.
Located to the south of the historic centre, Testaccio is where the city’s working class once lived. It isn’t the city’s most beautiful neighbourhood, but its rich history does make up for it. If you like a quiet and less touristy place, then look no further than this neighbourhood.
Located across the River Tiber from the city centre, Trastevere is one of the city’s most colourful areas and offers the best nightlife in Rome. Its mix of students and locals (that populate the restaurants and bars both day and night) keeps this neighbourhood so lively. You will definitely fall in love with this place.
A triangle-shaped area in south-east Rome, Pigneto has become the hipster capital of Rome because of its wide array of trendy restaurants and bohemian bars. Its zealous artistry and culinary craftsmanship inspires photo journalists, foodies and art-lovers to wander its alleys and enjoy its beauty.
Centrally located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, Monti retains a bohemian edge, and has become one of the city’s most rewarding areas for alfresco cafe culture, gourmet street food and alternative fashion.
Located behind the city’s ancient walls, the student district of Rome, San Lorenzo, isn’t as attractive as the other parts of the city. But, it offers street art, authentic pizzerias and vintage clothing stores.