Centro Storico
Centro Storico
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This section of Rome is filled with a tangle of narrow streets, which offers some of the finest examples of Roman classical and Baroque architecture and style.
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Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a five-minute walk of each other, the Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighborhood museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa drivers, street vendors, merchants, and locals. There is no rhyme or reason to its winding streets and there's something to see around every corner, so take pleasure in a spontaneous wander.
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  • Greg
    Cambridge, United Kingdom5,209 contributions
    A terrific capital city
    The cobbled and intriguing side streets; wide array of restaurants, gelateria and bars; historic landmarks and plazas; a vibrant city with different districts separated by a long winding river: Rome was one of my favourite recent trips and allowed me to see so many memorable attractions like the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and permitted a venture into Vatican City. For me, the history of every landmark exudes throughout the city. I would strong encourage Palazzo Navaro and Pantheon as places to visit given the areas are quite enchanting.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 26, 2020
  • David
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,469 contributions
    TIP: Rick Steves does a great tour on his app.
    The historic centre of Rome is worth a walk around. Rick Steves' audio tour really brings it to life and adds some structure to a wander around the area. You can download this app for no cost (I became quite a fan during the course of my trip to Italy!)..
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2020
  • Donna B
    Gladwyne, Pennsylvania401 contributions
    An Open Air, Free Museum
    We spent over 2 weeks in the Centro Storico of Rome in December. I don't like the intense heat in the summer so an off season visit was ideal. Rome is a very walkable city and we never needed to take a taxi or public transportation. There are now many pedestrian streets as driving in the city is very restricted. There are ancient ruins, Baroque churches, fountains, and many free places to see. The city was much nicer now than our previous visits over 20 years ago (very clean now, no blaring horns, drivers obey traffic signals). Try to stay in the Centro Storico (Piazza Navona, Campo dev Fiori, Pantheon area) and you will be able to easily walk to the Colosseum, Vatican, and Villa Borghese. We enjoyed living like a local in our apartment. Visiting the Nativity Scenes at all of the churches made our December visit special for us.
    Visited December 2022
    Written February 4, 2023
  • Vanessa P
    Calgary, Canada1,386 contributions
    FREE ACTIVITY! Wonder around the historical centre!
    Rome is a lovely city. An open museum and everywhere you go you will be immersed in history and culture. So, do not worry in booking anything if you don't want, so wander around and enjoy the views. Stop for a lovely Italian coffee or a mid day drink! FREE ACTIVITY!
    Visited July 2022
    Written October 22, 2022
  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,637 contributions
    PUT THE MAPS AWAY AND WANDER
    It's a pleasant surprise to saunter around Rome's core, perhaps a bit unsure where you are, only to see some familiar landmark or sign. Few cities in the world can boast the range of sites of the Eternal City, likely none with the breadth of civilizations and millenia. Ancient Rome and Baroque palaces abound. Throw in many a piazza and countless fine restaurants and you will be content for more than several days in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,157 contributions
    Fabulous area
    Busy area but well worth taking the time to come here. Especially to visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Lots of nice shops and cafes and bars. Area has a nice feel and ambience.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2020
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,075 contributions
    Must-See!!
    A must-see area of Rome —- the historical center — across the Tiber River from the Vatican. It contains the Campo de Fiorentini and Jewish Ghetto sections, the Pantheon, several piazzas including Navona, churches, palaces and museums. Would take several days to see them all. Also relatively easy walks to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Enjoy!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Alec D
    Seattle, Washington2,743 contributions
    If you're visiting Rome for the first time this would be a great place to start
    Centro Storico is the historic center of Rome. Lots of cobblestone streets and history everywhere you turn. Cafe's, trattorias, fancy bars and stores, and lots of tourists roaming around. Going out at night is lots of fun.
    Visited October 2019
    Written December 7, 2019
  • MishoPeicho
    London, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Beware of scams and new tricks to steal from you
    Rome is amazing, every year we visit the eternal city, but lately there’s so much tourists you can barely walk anywhere. People are pushing and shoving you. Even at restaurants with reservation you wait 20 min for table. Stores are empty. People are just crowding the streets and do window shopping but inside is absolutely empty. This city is cramped. Mostly beware of new scams in Rome. When you shop somewhere in Rome (souvenirs, food store, clothing store) the receipt charges you for all you bought BUT shop assistants and sellers DON’T put all your things in the bag. Some misteriously disappear (all items on the counter, visible to be me, shop assistant seems to put everything in, but few things are not there when i leave the store) and when you go back (if you have time or they are not closed when you realise what is missing) to the store they just laugh and say it’s innocent mistake. Most rely that you are busy to check all your goods there at the store, because in some fashion outlets they seal your bag and you check your goods at the hotel. And when you have early flight you cannot go back and demand to give what you paid for. BEWARE. This happend in absolutely every store we went in Rome. EVERY SINGLE ONE. So it’s not just innocent mistake of one or two. But all 12-15 stores we went in for food, souvenirs, shoe store, triumph store, fashion outlet.
    Visited May 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2019
  • senti2comun
    Tampa, Florida248 contributions
    Rome is resting on its laurels
    Rome has some of the most amazing collection of antiquities on the planet - buildings, sculpture, ruins, you name it, much of it open to the public free of charge (although yes, elsewhere charges and queues can also be exorbitant). I have given it 1* not because of the sites themselves, which are 5* amazing, but because of the slack attitude of the authorities in terms of how they treat and welcome tourists. From the moment you land in the (grotty and outdated) airport and are directed towards the under-resourced and under-friendly "tourist" information there, the city itself does little to welcome and give real structure to tourism - initiatives are mostly in the hands of a few hotels and tour guides. Bathroom facilities around the sites are dirty and inadequate (and sometimes ask you to pay for the privilege nonetheless!), and not enough has been done to promote accessibility for those with movement difficulties. That goes for the public transport and the narrow pavements too. The free maps are also pretty bad (ok so you can buy better ones, but I have also seen more effort made at producing decent maps and brochures in other cities). On the plus side, public transport is cheap (apart from taxis, which are ridiculous - we paid anything between Eur 12 and Eur 25 for the same distance), but the Metro is limited in scope. I laughed out loud when I heard Rome was thinking of bidding for the 2020 Olympics - thank goodness that has been shelved, the city's ageing infrastructure can barely cope with the tourists as is. In short, the sites of Rome are amazing, the city of Rome in terms of its infrastructure and attitude to tourism, is not.
    Visited February 2013
    Traveled solo
    Written February 19, 2013
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,386 contributions
Jul 2022
Rome is a lovely city. An open museum and everywhere you go you will be immersed in history and culture. So, do not worry in booking anything if you don't want, so wander around and enjoy the views. Stop for a lovely Italian coffee or a mid day drink!

FREE ACTIVITY!
Written October 22, 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,637 contributions
Mar 2023
It's a pleasant surprise to saunter around Rome's core, perhaps a bit unsure where you are, only to see some familiar landmark or sign. Few cities in the world can boast the range of sites of the Eternal City, likely none with the breadth of civilizations and millenia. Ancient Rome and Baroque palaces abound. Throw in many a piazza and countless fine restaurants and you will be content for more than several days in the area.
Written April 2, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,157 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Busy area but well worth taking the time to come here. Especially to visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Lots of nice shops and cafes and bars. Area has a nice feel and ambience.
Written February 9, 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,075 contributions
May 2023 • Family
A must-see area of Rome —- the historical center — across the Tiber River from the Vatican. It contains the Campo de Fiorentini and Jewish Ghetto sections, the Pantheon, several piazzas including Navona, churches, palaces and museums. Would take several days to see them all. Also relatively easy walks to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Enjoy!
Written June 17, 2023
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
Oct 2019
Centro Storico is the historic center of Rome. Lots of cobblestone streets and history everywhere you turn. Cafe's, trattorias, fancy bars and stores, and lots of tourists roaming around. Going out at night is lots of fun.
Written December 7, 2019
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MishoPeicho
London, UK35 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Rome is amazing, every year we visit the eternal city, but lately there’s so much tourists you can barely walk anywhere. People are pushing and shoving you. Even at restaurants with reservation you wait 20 min for table. Stores are empty. People are just crowding the streets and do window shopping but inside is absolutely empty. This city is cramped. Mostly beware of new scams in Rome. When you shop somewhere in Rome (souvenirs, food store, clothing store) the receipt charges you for all you bought BUT shop assistants and sellers DON’T put all your things in the bag. Some misteriously disappear (all items on the counter, visible to be me, shop assistant seems to put everything in, but few things are not there when i leave the store) and when you go back (if you have time or they are not closed when you realise what is missing) to the store they just laugh and say it’s innocent mistake. Most rely that you are busy to check all your goods there at the store, because in some fashion outlets they seal your bag and you check your goods at the hotel. And when you have early flight you cannot go back and demand to give what you paid for. BEWARE. This happend in absolutely every store we went in Rome. EVERY SINGLE ONE. So it’s not just innocent mistake of one or two. But all 12-15 stores we went in for food, souvenirs, shoe store, triumph store, fashion outlet.
Written May 17, 2019
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senti2comun
Tampa, FL248 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
Rome has some of the most amazing collection of antiquities on the planet - buildings, sculpture, ruins, you name it, much of it open to the public free of charge (although yes, elsewhere charges and queues can also be exorbitant).

I have given it 1* not because of the sites themselves, which are 5* amazing, but because of the slack attitude of the authorities in terms of how they treat and welcome tourists.

From the moment you land in the (grotty and outdated) airport and are directed towards the under-resourced and under-friendly "tourist" information there, the city itself does little to welcome and give real structure to tourism - initiatives are mostly in the hands of a few hotels and tour guides.

Bathroom facilities around the sites are dirty and inadequate (and sometimes ask you to pay for the privilege nonetheless!), and not enough has been done to promote accessibility for those with movement difficulties. That goes for the public transport and the narrow pavements too.

The free maps are also pretty bad (ok so you can buy better ones, but I have also seen more effort made at producing decent maps and brochures in other cities).

On the plus side, public transport is cheap (apart from taxis, which are ridiculous - we paid anything between Eur 12 and Eur 25 for the same distance), but the Metro is limited in scope.

I laughed out loud when I heard Rome was thinking of bidding for the 2020 Olympics - thank goodness that has been shelved, the city's ageing infrastructure can barely cope with the tourists as is.

In short, the sites of Rome are amazing, the city of Rome in terms of its infrastructure and attitude to tourism, is not.
Written February 19, 2013
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Tom J
London, UK1,577 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The historic centre of Rome is truly unique as a city and is one absolutely best explored on foot. We have visited the city twice now, once in 2014 and used the metro most of the time between sites, enjoyed them and left Rome none the wiser.

However this year (2019) we walked everywhere and couldn't believe how much we missed last time due to relying on the metro. The city itself is very small, and you can walk from Termini to the Colosseum then up to the Vatican and see all the sites such as the Trevi fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona along the way in a couple of hours (allowing time to stop, take photos, grab a coffee / food). It is a leisurely stroll and by no means a military march!!!

Around every corner in Rome there is some other ancient building to checkout which is what makes it truly amazing. There are some brilliant local neighbourhoods such as Trastevere of which feels a million miles away from the busy streets of Piazza Navona however it is only a 20 minute walk.

Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings like in any major city and you will be fine, there are plenty of scammers trying to hand you roses for "free" then demand cash, along with the old "free" bracelets gag.

All in all, amazing city, be sure to walk lots, carry a bottle of water and lose yourself amongst ancient Rome!
Written May 21, 2019
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Joey E
Laguna Niguel, CA78 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
So many tourists are so caught up in all the "must-see" sites, and while those are important, don't forget to just roam around soaking in everything about the city itself: the culture, history, architecture, people, GELATO, food, etc. I was lucky enough to study in Rome for four months in the center of centro storico and that is one of the best memories from the experience. Just being in the middle of it all every day. Don't take it for granted and don't overestimate the joy you could get from walking in a place like Rome!
Written February 21, 2015
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shrinkguy
Minnesota50 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
My wife and I just spent the month of January in a lovely rental apartment in the via Veneto neighborhood. I'd always had misgivings about spending time in Rome. Many reviews have made it sound like it's populated solely by annoying tourists and local pickpockets. We're not really interested in old works of art, especially of a religious nature. We rarely attend museums. I don't like to wait in lines and absolutely hate feeling like I'm spending money foolishly. But refusing to yield to my wife's wishes comes with a heavy penalty. So Roma it was.

What a delightful surprise this City was. Granted, it's undoubtedly a different experience in January than July. But the people were friendly and polite. We never once felt threatened or at risk of being robbed. In fact, we can't recall anyone being even a bit rude to us in an entire month.

This is a walker's paradise. We averaged at least 5 hours out on the sidewalks each day and never once had a boring stroll. When people say there are surprises around every corner they mean it literally. On both macro and micro levels the city is fascinating. Seeing remnants of 2000 year old buildings doesn't just happen at the sites you read about- any block may have its hidden treasures. There's always something interesting to see. And spending a lot of money while you're doing it isn't necessary. Public transportation is cheap and accessible. Good meals can be found everywhere at prices that are cheap compared to cities such as New York or London. The society is pretty relaxed. Drinking wine or beer while having a panino in a public piazza or park is commonplace. While we'd heard that there's been an upsurge in illicit drug use we only smelled marijuana twice in a month and were never approached by drug dealers.

The food was memorable. Everyone finds their favorite pizzerias and neighborhood restaurants but the quality of the markets makes cooking at home a great option too. Eating well is just an integral part of life here.

Italian is not an easy language to learn. Knowing a bit of French or Spanish may help a little but it also complicates things. Fortunately, a lot of people speak at least some English and the ones that don't generally seem pretty good-humored about communicating via gestures and a few mispronounced words from either language. Listening to natives speak Italian to each other is a different matter. It's such a pretty and expressive language to the ear- which may help to explain why people seem to be talking constantly. Watching the way hand gestures are incorporated into the message was fun too. Even when people were talking on cell phones the free hand had to be moving at all times. Face to face it was like a ballet for the hands.

A person could easily stay in the outer areas of Rome, spend 35 euros for a month's transit pass, and just ride into the old part of town every day to see the sites. It's an attractive and potentially inexpensive option. But there really is something special about staying in the historic center of the City. As much as it hurts to say this, my wife was right about staying in Rome...
Written February 4, 2013
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