Rome neighbourhoods
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Spreading over a surface of 1,285 km², Rome is one of the biggest cities in Europe. According to a 2016 census, the number of inhabitants in the city is estimated to be around 2,877,215, making it the most densely populated city in Italy. Thanks to its unique history, its unparalleled gastronomy and pleasant climate, many have set their eyes on the Italian capital city as an ultimate destination.

Rome is divided into 22 different neighbourhoods called rioni. Obviously, not all places in Rome are as beautiful as one would imagine, but it is nonetheless one of the most exciting places to be in – at least once in a lifetime.

Residential neighbourhoods in Rome

If you are looking to settle down in Rome, one of the first things you may want to do is thoroughly investigate the area you would like to stay in. This may also help you better understand which places you should go to and which ones you should not. Like in other big cities, central areas are the safest and have a more fluid and efficient public transport system as compared to rural areas. This is an essential factor to consider as it would make sense to pick your residential area according to where your school, workplace or university is located.

Here are some interesting places to consider for your expatriation in Rome:

  • Historical Centre
  • Monti
  • Trastevere
  • Testaccio
  • San Lorenzo (especially for students)
  • Pigneto,
  • San Giovanni
  • Nomentano
  • Appia – Tuscolano
  • Prati
  • Parioli
  • Aventino
  • EUR

Places to avoid

Even if the Eternal City tends to be a safe place, especially in the city centre, it has a few ill-reputed and very quiet suburbs which might not be suitable for expatriates. In general, you can easily move around alone or in a vehicle - even at night.

However, in inner-city areas, the crime rate tends to go slightly up due to the concentration of thefts, delinquency and drug traffic. And let us not even mention the poor transport management you can generally experience in those suburbs. Here are a few you may want to avoid:

  • Esquilino (very close to the Termini Station)
  • San Basilio
  • Corviale
  • Trullo
  • Centocelle
  • Torpignattara
  • Torre Maura/Torre Angela
  • Tor Bella Monaca
  • Tor Sapienza
  • Ponte di Nona

At night, avoid walking around stations like Termini, Ostiense and Tiburtina.

Parking in different neighbourhoods

There are three types of parking in Rome:

  • White Lines: These are free parking spaces.
  • Blue Lines: These are paid parking lots during certain hours of the day. The time and rates are usually indicated on a nearby board.
  • Yellow Lines: These are reserved for people with disabilities or reduced mobility, to delivery people and elected representatives.

White lines are not easy to find and are taken mostly all the time. Blue ones cost around a euro per hour and are free overnight.

Paid parking

Several parking spaces were recently constructed in the centre of Rome to solve the lack of parking issue the city has been experiencing in recent years. These are now open to all on a 24/7 basis and are mostly located in Villa Borghese, Mont Janiculum and the Piazza Cavour - which are all strategically located close to stations and places of interest. The cost of parking is of 2,20 euros per hour, and you can also avail of daily packages for 20 euros.

These type of parking spaces are also available close to the Metro A, in Furio Camillo and Anagnina and Metro B in Laurentina. If you own or rent a car, you can try and look for neighbourhood parking lots which can be rented in exchange for a monthly fee of 100 euros approximately.

Shopping centres and locations in Rome

Two of the top shopping locations in Rome are the Via del Corso and its adjacent streets located close to the Place of Spain. However, you can also find great shopping places and stores in Viale Marconi, Via Tuscolana, between Metro A Lucio Sestio and Subaugusta as well as Via Appia Nuova. The main shopping malls of Rome are located at the Termini Station, EuRome 2, East Rome, Porta di Rome and Parco Leonardo in Fiumicino. In those places, you will mainly find stores but also supermarkets.

Nightlife in Rome

Like other places in Italy, Rome is known for its incredible gastronomy and its quality wines. Places like Trastevere are packed with restaurants and Trattorias where you can enjoy authentic and traditional Italian food. However, for a full immersion in the local culture, you should try and venture away from tourist sites by asking Romans and long-established expatriates about unique places you can visit. Do not hesitate to ask around for recommendations or to try small restaurants. This is a great way to get to know the locality better and get acquainted with your surroundings and its people.

If you enjoy going out, the historical centre is filled with some great nightclubs and bars even though these may often be packed with tourists. If you would rather go for more authentic places, try going to Ponte Milvio, Pigneto, Testaccio, Garbatella and Monti. Piazza Bologna or San Lorenzo are places of choice in equal measure – especially since they are located close to La Sapienza university. This will increase your chances of meeting other expatriates, foreign exchange students and travellers you can enjoy an Aperitivo with.

 Good to know:

Metro lines close at 11.30 pm during the week and 1.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Do not worry; you can always travel by bus although these do not offer schedules as regular as the metro. Please note that Uber is not available in the city. You can instead opt for other online cab booking systems like MyTaxi. My Taxi allows you to make online payments and is the closest alternative to Uber in Rome. Carpooling is another option. Check out Enjoy, Car2go et Share’n Go for cars and scooters, you can sign up to Scooterino. All you will need to do is to make sure that these services are available in your neighbourhood.

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