Let's face it: If you're planning your first or even second visit to Rome, you'll want to pack in a fair amount of sightseeing. The famed monuments of the "Eternal City" are known around the world and featured heavily in blockbuster films; they've permeated popular culture.
While local and off-the-beaten-path travel seem to be buzzwords of late, sometimes you want to be just in the beating heart of the city center. And if you're in town for just a short time with a lot to see, then all you'll be thinking about is location, location, location.
The most recognizable dome in the world — Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris
If the Vatican is going to be one of your main priorities while in town, the neighborhood of Prati is great. It features well-connected, tree-lined boulevards that are pretty; abundant shopping; and a cool food and bar culture.
Colosseum and Roman Forum
For exploring the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you should consider modern and elegant Capo D'Africa Hotel. You won't mind waking up each morning to sip a cappuccino on their rooftop terrace. A real luxury option in the area is the boutique Palazzo Manfredi.
Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
You can stay right around the corner, if you choose! — Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis
Piazza Navona and Pantheon
Albergo Santa Chiara is right by the Pantheon and a short walk from Piazza Navona. This prized location won't break the bank. Another small boutique option in this area is Relais Palazzo Taverna on the pretty Via dei Coronari.
Made famous because of the film La Dolce Vita, Via Veneto is not exactly an area of the city with lots to do or see. But if swanky five-star hotels and films are your thing, then try the Westin Excelsior or Boscolo Palace.
All of these hotels and areas are well connected to transportation. Each makes a perfect base for exploring all that the Rome has to offer.