Hostels in Rome

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Welcome to Rome

All roads lead to Rome, don’t they? Well, they do if you’re a backpacker – independent travellers have been beating a path to the former heart of the Roman Empire for centuries. Happily, you don’t have to be on an aristocratic ‘Grand Tour’ to enjoy the city today. Cheap hostels are round every corner, from buzzy downtown hostels to group-friendly hostels in the city centre. From your hostel dorm you’ll be able to discover the historical sites that attract tourists from across the globe, but don’t stop there; Rome is also a modern capital and a centre for culture and the arts. It buzzes with busy cafés, traditional markets, zippy Vespas and a vibrant nightlife. You’ll want to stay forever, and when you’re based at a great-value youth hostel you sorta-kinda can. After all, they do call it the Eternal City…

DIY Church Art Tour

Rome’s churches are all free to visit and bursting with paintings by Italian grand masters. One of the most renowned was Caravaggio and you can see his masterpieces in churches throughout the city.

The Appian Way

Get out of the hostel and stretch those legs. The Via Appia Antica is an ancient tree-lined road dotted with Roman ruins and many of Rome’s most luxurious houses. A scenic and educational walk.

Website: http://www.parcoappiaantica.it/en

Address: Punto Informativo Appia Antica Via Appia Antica, 58, 00179 Roma, Italy

District: Quartiere Appio Latino

Villa Borghese Gardens

Although you have to pay to visit the Borghese Gallery, the gardens that surround it are arguably the most famous and beautiful in Rome, and they’re free. If you’re in a downtown hostel around Sallustiano, it’s just a short walk away.

Website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/default-en.htm

Address: Villa Borghese Rome, Italy

District: Quartiere Pinciano

The Colosseum

It’s easy to imagine 50,000 Ancient Romans gathered for gladiatorial battles in the three tiers of Rome’s great Colosseum. Probably the city’s most recognisable monument and the first that most backpackers want to tick off of their list. The ticket includes admission to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

Website: http://www.coopculture.it/en/the-colosseum.cfm#

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1

District: Celio

Phone: 06-39967700

Trevi Fountain

Rome’s most iconic and romantic fountain is a high point of Italian Baroque. Throw a coin into it over your left shoulder and guarantee a return trip, or so the legend goes. It’s a little way west of the city centre hostels, but well worth the walk.

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome

District: Trevi

The Pantheon

An Ancient Roman temple dating to 27 AD, in continuous use and now a church. Its central rotunda (circular hall) is covered by a huge concrete dome. It is all so well preserved that you’ll have to keep reminding yourself just how old it is.

Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy

District: Centro Storico

Phone: 06 68300230

Vatican City

The world’s smallest state - it has a population of around 800 - is one of Rome’s biggest crowd pullers and home to the Pope. It’s the site of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Admission to St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica is free.

Website: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en.html

Address: Vatican City, Rome

Roman Forum

One of the appeals of Rome is being able to step out of your hostel dorm and into the past. The Roman Forum offers you just that - the heart of the city during the years of empire, it’s one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, Rome

District: Centro Storico

Centro Storico

This is the historical and cultural heart of Rome, packed with tourists and backpacker groups. The Centro Storico (Historical Centre) is home to many of the city’s major attractions: Piazza de Spagna, (where the Spanish Steps are located), Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain, and that’s just a small sample.

Beautiful Buildings Touristic Central

Testaccio

If the “real” Rome is what you want, Testaccio is where you’ll get it. A working class neighbourhood loaded with authentic Roman spirit as well as hopping nightlife, family-owned restaurants and a top food market.

Restaurants Dancing

Monti

A little way south of Rome’s city centre hostels, Monti is a short walk from Rome’s historic centre but often bypassed by tourists. It’s a network of unspoiled streets and little piazzas full of hip bookstore cafés and arty food venues - just the ticket for backpackers.

Beautiful Houses Cafes Artsy

Good Friday Procession (Easter)

The high point of Rome’s Easter celebrations is the Stations of the Cross procession. It begins at the Colosseum and makes 14 stops to recreate key moments in Christ’s route to the crucifixion.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, Rome (starting point)

District: Celio

Phone: 06-39967700

Gay Village (June – September)

The Testaccio area of Rome hosts the Gay Village festival from the end of June until early September, and it has a colourful, anything-goes vibe backpackers will love. Free pop concerts, theatre and comedy as well as food stalls.

Website: www.gayvillage.it

District: Verano

Roma Europa Festival (September – December)

A performing and visual arts festival that showcases over 300 artists from 20 different countries. Events are held throughout Rome. From late September to early December across the city.

Website: www.romaeuropa.net

Natale di Roma (April)

The Natale di Roma festival on 21st April celebrates the founding of Rome in 753 BC. The city’s palaces and monuments are lit up and there’s a massive firework display. With cooler temperatures too, this is a perfect time to book your Rome hostel. Festivities are focused at the Piazza del Campidoglio.

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome

District: Centro Storico

Notte Bianca (September)

Sorry dorm - we’re going to be out all night. The annual Notte Bianca (White Night) festival sees dance and theatre venues as well as museums, restaurants and shops are open all night. The city closes to traffic, so team up with a group from your hostel and explore Rome’s streets until the sun rises.

Rock in Roma

Rome’s biggest rock and pop music festival, held over three days in mid July. Headliners in 2015 included Robbie Williams, Lennie Kravitz, Alt-J and Chemical Brothers. There’s no camping, which means hostels in Rome book up quickly - so get your dorm space early!

Website: http://www.rockinroma.com/

Address: Ippodromo Capannelle, Via Appia Nuova, 1255, 00178 Rome

Roma Incontra il Mondo

A relaxing summer music festival with musicians from across the world playing at Villa Ada park. Sit on the grass drinking wine and eating dinner from one of the food stalls as you watch the lakeside show. From late June until the end of August.

Website: www.villaada.org

Address: Villa Ada, Via Salaria, Rome

District: Villa Ada

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Casa del Jazz Summer Festival (June – August)

A step up from the grime of rock and pop festivals, this is a more laidback choice for jazz-loving backpackers (yes, that’s a thing). Shows scheduled from late June to Early August.

Website: http://www.casajazz.it/

Pizzarium

Takeaway pizza-by-the-slice near the Vatican Museum, popular with locals and backpackers alike. Drool over freshly baked pizzas in the window to make your choice. Couple your slice(s) with a craft beer.

Address: Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma, Italy

District: Quartiere Trionfale

Phone: 0639745416

Enoteca Palatium

Every dish at this all-Roman restaurant and wine bar is made with ingredients sourced from local farms. The menu changes regularly guaranteeing seasonal food for about €10 a dish.

Website: www.enotecapalatium.com

Address: Via Frattina, 94, 00187 Roma, Italy

District: Colonna

Phone: 066920 2132

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/EnotecaRegionalePalatium

Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi

Rome would not be Rome without lashings of gelato (ice cream) and this gelateria has some of the cheapest and best. Even better, it’s on the doorstep of the city centre hostels around Termini station.

Website: http://www.palazzodelfreddo.it/

Address: Via Principe Eugenio, 65

District: Esquilino

Phone: 06 4464740

Pastificio

Plastic plates piled with pasta near the Spanish steps for €4. Choose to eat in and you’ll get a complimentary cup of wine and water.

Address: Pastificio Via della Croce, 8, 00187 Roma, Italy

District: Campo Marzio

Phone: 06 6793102

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Dino Express

About half a dozen tables worth queuing for at this lunch-only traditional hostaria. Lots of Italian classics made the right way. Try the ossobucco (veal, tomatoes and peas).

Address: Via Tacito, 80, Roma, Italy

District: Prati

Phone: 06 361 0305

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The Drunken Ship

A not-so-typically-Italian bar filled with party-loving Romans. Great place to start off the night playing beer pong with locals and the international backpacker crowd.

Website: www.drunkenship.com

Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 21

District: Centro Storico

Phone: 06 68300535

Freni e Frizioni

Freni e Frizioni (Brakes and Clutch) used to be a car mechanic’s workshop and is now one of the hippest bars in Rome, with a trendy, creative vibe backpackers will love.

Website: www.freniefrizioni.com

Address: Via del Politeama, 4-6

District: Trastevere

Phone: 06 45497499

Micca Club

One of Rome’s trendiest nightclubs is in the historic centre. Features some of the world’s best DJs and burlesque nights. If your burlesque dancing is not up to much they give lessons…

Website: www.miccaclub.com

Address: Via Degli Avignonesi, 73 (Piazza Barberini)

District: Trevi

Phone: 06 87440079

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Oasi Della Birra

If you’re heading out of the hostel in search of beer, obviously the ‘Beer Oasis’ is the place. This basement bar has over 300 types and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Website: www.drunkenship.com

Address: Piazza Testaccio, 40

District: Verano

Phone: 06 547 6122

Tram Tracks

If you’re a hostel group looking for something a bit different, try these themed 1960s and 70s party nights held on one of Rome’s last street trams. The tram passes by the floodlit Colosseum. Be sure to book ahead.

Website: www.rometramtracks.com

Address: Piazza de Porta Maggiore (starting point)

District: Termini

Phone: 334 7328705

Photos: https://instagram.com/p/4QiRGxwarS/

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Testaccio market

Mercato di Testaccio is an open-air market selling food and clothes. If you’re a backpacker looking for a slice of the real Italy, here it is - and just a few streets from the tourist hotspots.

District: Verano

Pulp

Grab a bargain at this second-hand designer store, packed with desirable, quirky pieces for as little as €15. There’s a great selection of accessories and shoes too.

Address: Via del Boschetto 140

District: Monti

Phone: 06 485511

Mosque Market

Go from your Rome hostel to North Africa and the Middle East at this fabulous food market next to Rome’s Grand Mosque. Italy may suddenly seem far away.

Address: Largo della Moschea, Fridays

District: Villa Ada

Roma Pass

Rome has so many sights that visiting them all gets pricey. The €30 three-day Roma Pass includes two tickets to major attractions. Use it for the most expensive tickets (Colosseum/Palatine Hill/Roman Forum and the Galleria Borghese). After that you get discounts on tickets for other major sights. The pass also includes metro, bus and tram travel, which would cost you €16.50 on its own.

Website: http://www.romapass.it

Student and Youth Discounts

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) provides discounts all over Rome. Make sure you get one before you arrive. If you’re a non-student but aged under 25 get an International Youth Card for similar discounts.

Airports

Rome has two international airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino. They are served by most major international and low cost airlines.

The quickest way to reach the city centre hostels from Fiumincino Airport is to take the Leonardo Express Airport Train, a 30 minute journey (€14 one way). A cheaper option is to take the Terravision Airport Bus, which costs just €4 one way and can be booked online at http://www.terravision.eu.

From Ciampino Airport, a Terravision bus links the airport to the city centre. As from Fiumincino, it costs €4 one way.

Train and bus

Rome’s main intermodal station is Termini Station. Buses and trains arrive from and depart to destinations all over Italy and beyond, and there are masses of taxis here too. So whether you arrive by train or bus, you’ll be able to reach your hostel with ease.

Getting around

The Rome Metro has just two lines (A and B) and serves only a few of the main attractions. Buses venture further into the historical centre of the city, but in some areas walking is the only option. A single ticket for one Metro journey, or for a journey of up to 75 minutes on any bus, costs €1.50. A daily ticket for unlimited metro, bus, tram or train journeys costs €6, with three-day tickets at €16.50 and a weekly ticket at €24. Purchase any of these tickets at vending machines in Metro stations or at newsstands across the city.

Taxis

Taxis are metered, with a minimum journey charge of €4.25 and additional €1.1 per kilometre. One bag carried free, €1 per bag after that. Pick one up at ranks or flag it down.

Language:  Italian

Currency: Euro

Voltage: 220 volts

Time zone: GMT+1 hour

Dialing code: +39 for Italy, 6 for Rome

Post Office: Several large post offices are open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm in central Rome and from 8.30 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.

Via di Porta Angelica, 23 (San Pietro) 
Via Marmorata (Piramide) 
Viale Mazzini, 101 (Prati) 

Hospital:

Ospedale Fatebenefratelli, Via di Ponte Quattro Capi, 39

Tel: 06 68371

Policlinico Umberto I, Viale del Policlinico 155

Tel: 06-49971

Tourist information:

A.P.T. tourist office, Via Parigi, 5

Tel: 06-3600-4399 or 06-488-991

www.turismoroma.it

Opening hours: Most shops open 9 am to 1 pm and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm (Monday to Saturday). Shopping centres open at 10 am and close at midnight. Banks open 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and 3 pm to 4 pm Monday to Friday.

Important numbers: Call 113 for the police, 118 for ambulance services and 115 for fire services.

Landmarks

Hostel Hostels - Legend R.G. Hostel

Shops and supermarkets can be found in the immediate surroundings. Central Station is a great choice for travellers interested in history, architecture and sightseeing.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Ciak Rooms

The nearest airport is Rome Ciampino Airport -12 km from Ciak Rooms. San Giovanni Metro Station - 0.2km, Basilica of Saint John Lateran - 0.3 km, Coliseum - 1.5km, Roman Forum - 2.1km, St. Peter's Basilica -4.9km Trevi Fountain - 2.2km Atmospheric sunsets from Rome's Palatine Hill - 1.6 km Rome – the Eternal City -2.5 km Ostia Antica - 22 km San Giovanni is a great choice for travellers interested in roman ruins, art and ancient landmarks.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Freedom Traveller

Conveniently close to supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafés. The property is also a 5-minute walk to Rome Termini Station. Central Station is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, history and roman ruins. Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, Coliseum and The Roman Forum is all under 2km away. Rome's city centre is home to nearly three millennia of history. Walk in the shadows of the Coliseum, St. Peter's, and literally hundreds of other ancient monuments.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel The Yellow

The hostel is set near Termini station and two metro stop. A few minutes walking from the city center , 20 minutes walking from the Colosseum and the other "must see" of Rome

Hostel Hostels - Legends Hostel Rome

Rome's Via Nazionale shopping district is 700 m away, and it is a 15-minute metro ride to the Vatican City. Central Station is a great choice for travellers interested in history, architecture and sightseeing.

Hostel Hostels - Generator Rome Hostel

Located within walking distance from the Colosseum, the iconic ruins of Palatino and the picturesque area of Monti. A few short metro stops away you can explore the historic Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Vatican city. If you fancy something a bit calmer, check out the beautiful Garden in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II located just around the corner. Generator is the perfect launch pad for you to explore the city from.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel TrustEver

Rome Trastevere Station is 650 m away. Porta Portese market is 3 minutes' walk from the property, while the Synagogue of Rome is 2 km away. Rome Ciampino Airport can be reached by car in 30 minutes.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Cressy

The neighbourhood surrounding the hostel offers every service which may be needed during your stay including restaurants, pizzerias, open air market, supermarket, launderette, internet caf., bars, pubs and all are at reasonable prices for the budget traveler.

Hostel Hostels - Residenza Giustiniani

The Legend R.G. is less than 5 minutes' walk from 3 metro stations: Repubblica, Castro Pretorio and Termini. Piazza della Repubblica and the Gardens of Sallust right by us. St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums are under 4 km away. Shops and supermarkets can be found in the immediate surroundings. A great choice for travellers interested in architecture, history and sightseeing.

Hostel Hostels - MEININGER Hostel Roma Termini

This hostel is located very close to the main train station Termini and therefore has extremely good transport connections to all over the city. Within a short distance of travelling you can get to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps, to name but a few of the famous sites.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Ciak Holiday House

Within 10 minutes walking you will find a range of bars and restaurants. Basilica of St. John Lateran is a 10-minute walk and Via Sannio Market is 400 m away. Rome Airport is 28 km away. San Giovanni is a great choice for travellers interested in roman ruins, art and ancient landmarks.

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