So, you've decided to move to Caput Mundi, the capital of La Dolce Vita, the Eternal City, The City of the Seven Hills, the City of Love: Rome.
If you ask me, it's been a dream of mine to move and live there. It's something I'll probably do one day. Yes, I'm Italian, but I'm from the north and you probably know how different things are between the tip and the bottom of the boot. I think I'll retire there, to wander the streets, to get lost in the museums, to eat gelato while people watching and admire the artists in Piazza del Campidoglio.
Rome is magic. Several famous people fell in love with the city. Even Elizabeth Gilbert choose Rome as the starting point of her Eat, love and Pray journey. And she didn't only love the food there...
“To my taste, the men in Rome are ridiculously, hurtfully, stupidly beautiful. More beautiful even than Roman women, to be honest. Italian men are beautiful in the same way as French women, which is to say- no detail spared in the quest for perfection. They’re like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
So, whether you are about to embark on a Gilbert-inspired adventure or relocating for a study abroad experience, for work or an internship in Italy, here's the Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to live in Rome.
Best Places for Singles and Young Expats in Rome
Filled with restaurants, bars and stores you will always find what you need on your doorstep. It's probably the favourite neighbourhood for international students who attend international universities in Rome. Despite becoming a hot spot for tourists and locals alike, Trastevere hasn't lost its charm and traditions along its cobbled streets. If you are moving to Rome for an Erasmus experience or an internship, you won't get the chance to get bored as Trastevere offers plenty of nightlife venues every night of the week.
Testaccio is just across the river from Trastevere and it shares the same vibe of the latter. Filled with nightclubs, bars and clubs, this rione (neighbourhood) is known for a great nightlife but also for its cheaper house rents. If you move to Testaccio, you'll soon become a regular shopper at the local food market.
The EUR area is quieter than the two above, but it's ideal for people who want to be away from the bustle and tourists. Many multinational companies have their headquarters here, meaning that if you are moving to Rome to work at one of them and are not a big fan of being stuck in traffic in the morning, EUR could be your best bet.
Best Places for Families in Rome
If you are moving to Rome with young children, Cassia and Ponte Milvo are probably the most convenient choices thanks to their vicinity to many international schools. Here, you'll also find the majority of international embassies, which gives a very international feel to the area. Please note that there is no metro stop here, so it's ideal if you have a car.
Located on Janiculum Hill, Monteverde is a picturesque neighbourhood just outside of the centre of Rome. Accommodation in this area is more affordable than downtown, so you could find a nicer, more spacious place for your budget. The neighbourhood is separated into Monteverde Vecchio and Monteverde Nuovo, differentiated by their traditional and modern architecture, respectively. This area is close to many good schools and public parks, so it’s a great place for families. There’s no Metro nearby, but getting to the centre via tram is relatively easy from here.
Aventino is another of the best areas to live in Rome, but quieter than other neighbourhoods. Also here there are plenty of international schools for your children and it's quiet at nights, making it perfect if you wish to rest after a day at work.
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