Narrow winding alleyways, beautiful wrought-iron balconies and elegant fountains and squares, the historic centre of Rome is like a film set. But you’ll get as much of the dolce vita, as well as a more local, low-key village vibe, staying in one of the residential neighbourhoods with their church squares and late-night wine bars. Here’s our pick of the best holiday apartment rentals in Rome, bookable with Culture Trip.
There’s a bohemian freshness to this simply-attired apartment, with its white walls and laminate flooring pepped up by Indian-print throws, stocked bookshelves and crocheted table linen. Sleeping up to six people in two bedrooms, there’s a balcony adorned with window boxes from which to watch life go by in the pretty and trendy residential area of Rione Monti. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Forum and Colosseum .
Slightly out of town in the business EUR district, this light-filled flat offers polished vintage furniture, hotel-quality bed linen and classic design details with splashes of pink and lavender. Sleeping five people in one double bedroom and on two sofa beds, it provides a taste of well-heeled suburban life in modern Rome. It’s a 20-minute drive into the city centre or 40 minutes by metro but there is parking onsite.
Fans of bold, monochromatic design will love the black-painted wood beams, charcoal sofas and striking metallic wall art at this slick Trastevere base. A large dining table and three bedrooms mean it’s ideal for groups of friends or big families, who may want to knock up a feast from the local markets in the jet-black kitchen. However, the cobbled piazzas and cocktail bars of this atmospheric neighbourhood are likely lure you outside.
A roof terrace is a major plus of many rentals in Rome and this apartment has a multi-level stunner, with views of the Victor Emmanuel II monument. Right in the centre of town and sleeping up to eight people, this luxurious apartment offers a hot tub, conservatory-style living area, light-flooded bedrooms and bathrooms and sofa-strewn terraces.
Tucked away among the golden-hued passages, ornate fountains and cosy trattorias of the historic centre is a surprisingly contemporary apartment with zesty decor. Most of Rome’s top sights are within a five- to 25-minute walk away, and some of the oldest restaurants and swankiest boutiques are within strolling distance. Leave a night or two clear for an al fresco evening on the terracotta-tiled terrace with deckchairs and a dining table.
In laid-back Monti, where crumbling mansion facades and wrought-iron balconies are livened up by the odd streak of graffiti, this split-level apartment’s embroidered sofas and heavy gold picture frames provide a traditional hotel feel. With one master bedroom and two sofa beds, it can accommodate five people. Its handy location, equidistant from the historic centre and main Termini train station, means you can skip expensive taxis and walk everywhere.
Offering the neutral, earth-toned decor of a spa, this generously-sized rental is part of a modern, chic aparthotel and a calm oasis away from the busy traffic and tourists outside. Sleeping six people in two rooms, it will suit families or groups of pals. The trendy Campo Marzio neighbourhood attracts artists, writers and filmmakers to its louche pavement cafes and you’re within walking distance of many key sights including the Vatican.
With lavish marble pillars, ornate ceilings and baroque arches, this three-suite apartment is palatial. There’s a maid service and chef, who will prepare home-cooked meals and wine pairings for guests. Children are welcome and parents are offered babysitter recommendations, allowing them to get some alone time. Breakfast is included and can be enjoyed by the fireplace and stained glass windows or on the rooftop terrace.
This cosy home provides a delightful retreat from the bustling Trastevere district. Bookshelves feature prominently, inviting you to curl up by the wood fire and get lost in a story. The enormous space feels relaxed, with wood beam ceilings, terracotta floors and arched doorways. The Valentino tiles in the kitchen are a lovely detail to enjoy while using the coffee maker and there’s a secluded terrace if you fancy taking your coffee and book outside.