Rome/Modern Center

The Fountain of the Naiads on the Piazza della Repubblica

The Modern Center of Rome, home to the Via Veneto, Quirinale, Castro Pretorio, Repubblica, and Trevi neighborhoods, is the city's hub of activity, especially shopping and nightlife. It's also home to a huge assortment of hotels, and it's likely that you'll be staying here, despite the fact that most of Rome's historic attractions are elsewhere.

Get in

The Modern Center of Rome is not hard to find as the Termini Station brings you into the west edge of it. As you leave the station, the Castro Pretorio neighborhood is to your right, with many smaller hotels. To the left the main roads of Via Cavour and Via Nazionale lead down the hill. Larger hotels here, catering more for groups than independent travellers.

Termini Station is a major bus hub with buses to all parts of town. Beware taxi drivers who operate at the station as it seems to attract the most crooked ones. Get a cab from the rank and ignore the drivers who solicit you outside the station. Always insist that you see the meter is turned on after you get into the cab. No matter what time of day or night the starting price should never be more than €6 (during the day less) and a figure 1 on the meter should indicate that the correct rate is being applied. A legitimate extra fee of €2 is levied for all rides beginning at the station.

See

The incomparable Trevi Fountain
The Capuchin Church: designs made of skulls
The Quirinale. Official home of the President of Italy.

Do

The front facade of the Palazzo Barberini, grandiose residence of Pope Urban VIII

Buy

For a little bit of shopping, the Via Nazionale is perfect: souvenirs, clothes, Italian shoes, etc. But the main attraction is without a doubt, the Via Veneto.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

The magnificent interior of Santa Maria della Vittoria

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Routes through Modern Center

North Rome North Center  W  E  Esquilino-San Giovanni South Rome
South Rome Colosseo  SW  NE  Nomentano North Rome
END  NW  SE  South Rome Frascati/Albano Laziale/Velletri
Civitavecchia Aventino-Testaccio  W  E  END
END  NW  SE  South Rome Cassino
END  N  S  South Rome Minturno
END  N  S  South Rome Nettuno


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