Where to stay in Rome with kids? Well, it depends on what you need. Keep reading to discover the best neighborhoods depending on your travel style!
Rome is huge and choosing the right area to stay with kids can be a tough job. That’s why I have written a guide to the most kid-friendly neighborhoods, with pro and cons to help you choosing the best one for your necessities.
WHERE TO STAY IN ROME WITH KIDS: PRO AND CONS
TERMINI – CHEAP AND WELL CONNECTED
Termini is the area around the main train station in Rome: Termini station.
PRO: since from Termini station leave or stop most of the trains that connect to the surroundings of Rome, this area is well suited for all those who want to take some day trips from Rome. Don’t worry, it is also very well connected to the main touristic highlights of the city by subway, train and bus. Moreover, it is quite a cheap location, so, if your budget is not very high, that’s a great place to stay.
CONS: although during the day, Termini area is very busy, by night it becomes quite empty and sometimes a bit dangerous. Therefore, if you like to spend some time out after dinner, this is not the best area to stay, especially if you are with kids. On the contrary, if you like waking up early and you usually avoid late walks, this area can be convenient for you.
RIONE MONTI – PERFECT FOR NIGHLIFE LOVERS WITH DAY TRIP PLANS
Rione Monti is a fascinating neighborhood not far from Termini.
PRO: If you like Termini area for the great connection options, but you still like nightlife, this neighborhood can be the right one for you. If fact, if you come back from a day trip quite late, you can still stop in one of the restaurants of the area to have dinner, enjoy an ice-cream and have a drink (adults only!)
CONS: This area can be quite more expensive than Termini, so it’s not the best one if you have a low budget.
CITY CENTER – GREAT FOR WALKING LOVERS
Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are all considered the city center.
PRO: the greatest pro of these areas is that you can go from one touristic monument to another just walking along the historical buildings of the city center and trying the best ice-cream parlors in Rome.
CONS: these areas are as central as expensive. Therefore, if you have a tiny budget, unless you are so lucky to find a great offer, just avoid these areas.
COLOSSEUM – UNIQUE VIEW AND CONVENIENT FOR COLOSSEUM VISITORS
The Colosseum area won’t probably need any presentation, but who knows? It’s the area where the most famous Ancient Rome amphitheater in the world is located.
PRO: as the Colosseum is one of the main attractions in Rome (as well as one of the busiest!), living close to it could be a great advance. However, the best way to avoid standing up for never-ending queues, is also to book a skip-the-line family tour of the Colosseum. Moreover, if you are lucky enough to get a room facing towards the Colosseum, you will enjoy a unique and breathtaking view any time of the day!
CONS: The Colosseum area is not very centered, therefore you might have to take the subway or a bus to get to the other attractions in Rome.
PRATI – CLOSE TO THE VATICAN CITY AND RESIDENTIAL
Prati is the residential and working area located near the Vatican City.
PRO: if you are planning to go to the Vatican City and museums more than once, this could be a good choice. In fact, you might be able to reach it at walking distance. Moreover, as this area is mostly residential and full of offices, by night it is quite quiet and safe.
CONS: as the Vatican City is far from most monuments in Rome, to reach the other touristic areas of the city, you will have to take public transports or plan to walk for long distances.
OSTIENSE/TESTACCIO – GENUINE AREA WITH GREAT LOCAL FOOD
Ostiense and Testaccio are very close to each other and they are both low touristic areas.
PRO: If you want to see how the inhabitants of Rome live, this area is perfect. In fact, it is a very authentic neighborhood (not very touristic), but it is still quite convenient to reach the main touristic attractions. It’s also quite cheap, which is good if your budget is not very high! Moreover, if you are a food lover, keep in mind that in the area there some of the best restaurants in Rome that serve local food.
CONS: The area is not at walking distance from the main touristic spots, therefore you will have to take one or more subway trains or buses to reach the main touristic attractions.
TRASTEVERE – AUTHENTIC NEIGHBORHOOD WITH GREAT NIGHTLIFE
Trastevere is an authentic neighborhood that has become an attraction for tourists for want to see local life.
PRO: if you like to see what locals (especially young ones!) do after dinner, that’s a great place to go. It’s in fact full of pubs and wine bars, where locals go to have a drink with their friends. However, in my opinion, this area is even more beautiful by day, when you can walk and enjoy the old-fashioned houses that still stand here and breathe the local life of the Italian families who still live here.
CONS: unless you like walking very much, it is not at walking distance from most monuments in Rome. Moreover, if the accommodation is not provided with double-glazed windows, it could get quite noisy by night.