I'm planing to go to Rome for a visit next month. I'm searching for the city center of Rome so I can book an hostel close to it.

The places that I want to visit really don't know, Rome is full of gorgeous stuff I have read about, but I think all these stuff can be caught from the public transportation from the city center, right? (I don't want to take taxis, I will just use public transportation). That's why I want to know the city center.

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    Rome is a pretty spread out city, so there isn't a single centre: there's the Roman centre (Forum, colosseum, etc), the Vatican, the modern political centre, shopping, etc, etc. Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 9:59
  • As it stands the question is a bit too broad. What are your criteria for the hostel/accommodation? Is it just a question of being close to tourist attractions?
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 11:36
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    @JoErNanO no he wants to know what the center is called. Like how in NYC you'd say, look for a place in Manhattan, or Downtown in Vancouver, or San Telmo etc in Buenos Aires. Unfortuantely as others have pointed out, there's no single center (much like Tokyo)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 12:57
  • @MarkMayo Ok my bad. Editing and voting to reopen.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 10:47
  • I will be in Rome next month for few days, and the way I book hotel from booking.com is, set the filter 7+ reviews, only private rooms only, and also open google map of rome in another tab, compare the location, sort options by price, and then select. This time I selected the one near Termini, although there is one more metro stop right out of hotel.
    – DavChana
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 12:41

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Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the trains arrive at around the mid night, and there would be no metro to use at that time.

I stayed in a couple hostels during my stay, and I really liked one near the Vittorio Emanuele metro station. I'm no way affiliated with them, but here is a link if you'd like to try it out. The staff was very friendly, but note that the surroundings were some Indian restaurants and one would say it's a dodgy neighborhood. I didn't care about that.

For a different environment, try to book somewhere in the north western region, where the Vatican is located at. There is no metro line too close (the closest is Ottaviano), but I never felt any tired walking from a nearby metro station.

There are trams and buses that connect an otherwise star-like metro system. It's not the smoothest way to travel (there were two stations out of service during my visit, although they provided alternative transport via a bus). The tourist pass wasn't that worth it, but 1, 2 or 3 day transport cards were well worth it.

You can read a lot more about there from this nice page. Have fun, and be safe!

  • Thanks for your answer, I found this hostel booking.com/hotel/it/… do you think it is close to the city center? plus is this close to this indian place? also what did you mean by "doggy" ?
    – sarah
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 1:54
  • kindly would you check the hostel i sent you please ?
    – sarah
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 2:48
  • Dodgy, I meant. It was a bit dark in the night (no many street lights), and there were some street sellers selling some used mobile phones (looks like stolen ones). I could walk to the Termini station from there, so I'd say it's pretty close to the center. Te hostel you linked looks good too, but a bit expensive IMHO.
    – AKS
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 3:00
  • @sarah If you want recommendations on hostels, try the likes of hostelworld. (and maybe TripAdvisor, but I don't think their hostel coverage is great). We don't really do individual product recommendations/reviews on this site.
    – CMaster
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 9:09
  • It would have been better if I did not mention a hostel in first place. @drat - thanks for raising the concerns. I have no any affiliation with the hostel or the booking site. Please see my reply in your question too.
    – AKS
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 10:55

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