A map of Rome through its neighbourhoods.
Rome is a beautiful city filled with colour and life, from the buildings in their hues of orange, yellow, and red. To the food with bright red tomatoes, deep green artichokes, and the yellow of a carbonara. To the people who are proud, welcoming, and kind.
All this to say, no matter what area of Rome you end up exploring, you won’t ever be disappointed.
But, there is a way to organise your trip to Rome to ensure that it is filled with all the monuments you want to see and fits your travel style and interests best. And that helpful tool will be knowing how Rome’s centre is divided.
In This Article You Will Find
- What is a Rione?
- A brief overview of all of Rome’s Rioni and what you should see in each.
- The transportation options in Rome.
- Information on tickets and popular lines.
- Tips to navigate.
What is a Rione?
- Rione is a term that has been used for centuries to divide the city centre of Rome by neighbourhoods.
- It is a word that comes from the Latin word ‘regio’, which means region.
- Since as early as the 14th century, the rioni (plural version of rione) have been used to separate the city to make it easier for administrative business.
- Now, the Rioni is still used as a way to differentiate the zones of the centre of Rome.
- There are 22 Rioni in Rome today.
How to Get Around Rome to See the Rioni
Rome is a city that has a very walkable city centre. Its breathtaking monuments are hidden between buildings and around corners. So, it could be that you don’t even realise you’re about to come across an amazing piece of history until it’s literally in front of your face.
But, if you’d prefer to have a bit more of a structured map for your time in Rome, luckily, it is also a city that has a fairly straightforward public transport system.
Rome has three modes of transport within the city centre.
My biggest suggestion for figuring out how you should get where you need to go is to get onto Google Maps. Put in your start destination and where you’re headed, and you’ll see your list of options for public transport.
Download the offline map of Rome for when you’re out and about. This way, if you do not have an international plan and you have no wifi, you’ll still be able to have a general idea of the city and its layout always with you.
Rome’s public transport system offers a few different options for tickets. They always have the information, including prices, easily accessible on their website.
Types of Tickets
Depending on the length of your trip, you can look into what would be best for you. There are many ways to purchase your ticket, from vending machines and newsstands to tap and go.
To get the latest information on where to purchase tickets, including a map of the points in the city to purchase them, follow this link:
Rome has three metro lines
- The A line – Battistini – Anagnina
- The B line – Laurentina – Rebibbia or Jonio
- The C line – Clodio Mazzini – Monte Compatri Pantano
Here are a few bus routes that are popular among Rome’s visitors and will keep you well-connected in the city.
Of course, there are many buses to name, as it is very dependent on where you’re staying in the city. But again, I recommend checking on Google Maps to see what is best for where you are exactly.
The regular buses run from around 5 or 6 until midnight. At midnight the night buses will start, and they do not all follow the day routes. If you are planning on being out past midnight, here’s my advice:
- If you aren’t too tired, walking is great past midnight. The beauty of Rome is still present, but the crowds are much smaller.
- Ask your host for the best route to take home after midnight. You can also ask about daytime routes, of course.
- Always keep your offline map with you, and be sure your phone is charged. Always make sure you’re taking precautions to be safe, especially in a city that is unknown to you.
There are 6 tram lines in Rome, I’ll list them here, along with their starting and ending points.
- Line 2: Piazza Mancini to Piazzale Flaminio
- Line 3: Piazza Thorvaldsen to Piazzale Ostiense
- Line 5: Stazione Termini to Piazza dei Gerani
- Line 8: Piazza Venezia to Via del Casaletto
- Line 14: Stazione Termini to Viale Palmiro Togliatti
- Line 19: Piazza Risorgimento to Piazza dei Gerani
There are your options for transportation in Rome, and they are all run by ATAC. So, whichever ticket you decide to purchase to help get you around while you’re in Rome, it’ll work with all these options.
Tips to Navigate Around the City
- Get an idea of your area and where you’re headed before you head out to explore.
- Know the bus routes that are useful to you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Check out the map included in this article.
- Don’t be afraid to walk around Rome. It is a relatively small city centre and all the little things you’ll see in between the monuments will be beautiful.
- A great resource if you want is the National Geographic Roma book with a map included.
Now that we covered how to get around Rome to see all of its Rioni let me tell you a little bit about Rome’s Rioni and what you can do and see in each one.
Rione I – Monti
Monti is a beautiful neighbourhood that is nestled upon cobblestone streets and filled with many historical sights, restaurants, bars, and shops.
To do in Monti
- Get some beautiful sneak peeks of the Colosseum. You turn a corner in Monti, and you might see the Colosseum. It makes for a great photo and a beautiful surprise.
- Visit the Markets of Trajan.
- Have a look inside the many, many churches in this Rione. There are many, and they are all very beautiful.
- Relax with a drink or gelato in the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti.
- On the weekends, check out Mercati Monti. Full of artisans of all sorts, a great place to find some unique memories from your time in Rome.
Rione II – Trevi
The name of this Rione will surely be recognizable to you. Here are some suggestions on what to get up to in this area of Rome.
To do in Trevi
- See the Fontana di Trevi. And, of course, as everyone who visits this monument has to do, toss a coin in.
- Check out Piazza Barberini and its beautiful fountain.
- Be sure to check out the underground of Trevi Fountain.
- As in most areas of Rome, this Rione has many beautiful churches scattered throughout for you to explore.
- While there are many restaurants nearby the Trevi Fountain, explore some areas of this Rione further away from the fountain to ensure you’re not being tricked with a tourist trap menu.
Rione III – Colonna
The name of this district means ‘column’, and a column is one of the things you cannot miss here.
To do in Colonna
- Visit Piazza Colonna and see the amazing column of Marcus Aurelius. Really keep an eye out for the amazing detail in this column.
- Go see the Temple of Hadrian.
- Check out Galleria Alberto Sordi. Located across from Piazza Colonna, there are a few shops inside, but every part of this Galleria is very beautiful.
- Do some shopping in Via del Corso. Via del Corso borders on a few different Rioni and is a long road that is full of stores to fit every budget.
Rione IV – Campo Marzo
A beautiful and large Rione full of many must-sees when visiting Rome.
To do in Campo Marzo
- The Spanish Steps and the church at the top, Trinità dei Monti.
- Piazza del Popolo.
- The Pincio Terrace – a great viewpoint in Rome.
- Villa Medici.
Rione V – Ponte
This Rione takes its name ‘Ponte’, meaning bridge, due to the beautiful bridge in front of Castel Sant’Angelo.
To do in Ponte
- Some shopping on Via dei Coronari.
- Take a look at the beautiful Ponte Sant’Angelo.
- Wander and get lost in the streets and alleys and pop into all the churches and shops that call your name.
Rione VI – Parione
This Rione hosts one of the most stunning piazza’s that will leave you breathless.
To do in Parione
- Marvel at Piazza Navona.
- Piazza Pasquino – go here and look for Pasquino, a ‘talking’ statue in Rome.
- Campo de’ Fiori.
- Via del Governo Vecchio – Some cute vintage stores, other shops, and restaurants.
Rione VII – Regola
This Rione is beautiful and scenic and offers some lesser-known beauties that you should not miss.
To do in Regola
- Via Giulia – Take a walk down this road and enjoy its beauty and the shops and be sure to keep an eye out for the very cool fountain that is on the street.
- Piazza Farnese – A beautiful piazza off of Campo de’ Fiori is home to the French embassy. It also has two beautiful fountains that have baths from the Baths of Caracalla as part of the fountains.
- Galleria Spada – Be sure to stop by here and see Barromini’s perspective gallery.
Rione VIII – Sant’Eustachio
Nestled between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, you’ll find this charming Rione.
To do in Sant’Eustachio
- The fountain of books – Rome has many free water fountains all over the city, and some of them are art pieces, in my opinion. I love this one. Keep an eye out for it.
- San Luigi dei Francesi – Do go inside this church. It has some beautiful art. It’s a great place to see Caravaggio art in Rome.
- There are some other really beautiful churches in the area. Check them out.
- Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè – Taking the same name as this Rione, go here for some coffee.
Rione IX – Pigna
This Rione hosts my very favourite monument in Rome, the Pantheon, as well as some other things you shouldn’t miss.
To do in Pigna
- This district takes some of the Via del Corso I mentioned earlier. So, some more shopping and also…
- On Via del Corso, there’s Galleria Doria Pamphilj. It is breathtaking.
- Of course, the Pantheon and its piazza, Piazza della Rotonda.
- Basilica of Saint Mary of Minerva – make sure to check out Minerva’s chick in front of the church.
- Largo di Torre Argentina.
Rione X – Campitelli
A Rione that is large, beautiful, and full of history. Here are some ideas of what you should see in this neighbourhood.
To do in Campitelli
- Go to the Colosseum. A must when in Rome.
- Visit the Roman Forum.
- Check out Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara coeli. Warning: you’ll need to climb many steps to get here.
- Il Vittoriano in Piazza Venezia. Make your way up to the top. Check out Rome from above.
- Arch of Constantine.
Rione XI – Sant’Angelo
A Rione that is home to ‘il Ghetto’, the Jewish quarter of Rome and a very beautiful one at that.
To do in Sant’Angelo
- Explore the Roman Ghetto, try the food, and check out the shops and the archaeological sites that it houses. Such as:
- Columns of the Temple of Apollo Sosianus.
- Piazza Mattei and the Fountain of the Tortoises.
- The Theatre of Marcellus.
- And finally, a very touching and heartbreaking aspect that I urge you to look out for is the brass cobblestones. These cobblestones can be found in other neighbourhoods of Rome as well but are especially prominent in the Ghetto.
The ‘Stolpersteine’, a German word meaning ‘stumbling stones’ or ‘pietri d’inciampo’ in Italian, are part of a Holocaust memorial. They mark the name and other information of victims who were taken out of the houses that you’ll be standing in front of.
Rione XII – Ripa
A Rione that offers an island, a beautiful viewpoint, and some movie history.
To do in Ripa
- Catch a glimpse of Rome’s only island, Isola Tiburtina.
- Explore the Aventine Hill. Here you’ll find;
- The Orange Garden.
- The Rose Garden.
- Rome’s secret keyhole.
- The Mouth of Truth. This tourist attraction made a very famous appearance in the Audrey Hepburn movie ‘Roman Holiday’. Go check it out.
Rione XIII – Trastevere
Trastevere translated means ‘beyond the Tiber’, which is where this Rione will take you across the Tiber River of Rome.
To do in Trastevere
- Wander down all the streets you can find and look all around you and take in this neighbourhood’s charm and beauty.
- Stumble upon some, or all, of the many piazza’s here.
- This is a lively neighbourhood, especially with tourism. But, in my opinion, the charm is still there.
- Many restaurants and bars to enjoy.
- Go to il Gianicolo to get a beautiful view point of Rome.
- The botanical gardens of Rome.
- Check out some of the beautiful churches in this area.
Rione XIV – Borgo
As many of the Rioni have, the Borgo Rione offers a beautiful view of Rome from above, and you get to see it from a castle.
To do in Borgo
- Castel Sant’Angelo.
- Il Passetto di Borgo.
- And, of course, as always, go into as many of the stunning churches as you can find.
Rione XV – Esquilino
Most likely, this will be a neighbourhood you visit when you’re in Rome as it houses the main train station. Termini station.
To do in Esquilino
- See Porta Maggiore.
- Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
- And again, no surprise to you now, I’m sure, explore the many, many churches here.
Rione XVI – Ludovisi
An area that has a wealthy past and still a beautiful present.
To do in Ludovisi
- Check out Via Veneto – one of the most elegant streets in Rome as well as one of the most expensive.
- If you head down to the end of Via Veneto, you’ll come across the Trevi district by seeing Piazza Barberini. A second chance to enjoy it.
- There’s also another very beautiful fountain here, the Fontana delle Api.
Rione XVII – Sallustiano
A more serious Rione, this area has many hotels and residential homes.
To do in Sallustiano
- Here you’ll see Porta Salaria.
- There’s also the Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Art Museum.
Rione XVIII – Castro Pretorio
A Rione that has a lot of traffic but also a lot of beauty.
To do in Castro Pretorio
- Piazza della Repubblica.
- National Museum of Rome.
- Baths of Diocletian.
- Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Teatro dell’Opera).
Rione XIX – Celio
This neighbourhood of Rome will offer you some beautiful views of the Colosseum as it is on Caelian Hill, which sits above the famous monument. Here is my list of what to see here. I’ve written down a few of the churches that always capture my eye.
To do in Celio
- The Arch of Dolabella and Silanus.
- Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo al Celio.
- Santa Maria alla Navicella.
- San Giovanni in Oleo.
- San Giovanni a Porta Latina.
Rione XX – Testaccio
The neighbourhood you have to explore, especially if you love food.
To do in Testaccio
- Go to Mercato Testaccio and try out as much of the delicious food as you can. They also have some really great little shops inside.
- Monte Testaccio, also known as Monte dei Cocci, is an artificial mound created from pieces of Ancient Roman pottery.
- Piramide, Rome’s pyramid.
- The Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome.
Rione XXI – San Saba
This area is the home of some very famous Roman baths. They’re on my list of what you must see when in Rome.
To do in San Saba
- Visit the Baths of Caracalla.
- There are also some beautiful churches you can stumble into while you wander around this area.
Rione XXII – Prati
The newest addition to the Rioni of Rome is that of Prati. It was officially established in 1921.
To do in Prati
- Via Cola di Rienzo – for shopping.
- A lot of restaurants and bars.
- Piazza Cavour.
- Museo delle anime del Purgatorio and its church Sacro Cuore del Suffragio.
- Il Palazzaccio.
These are some of the things I have discovered and loved in the Rioni of Rome. While I mentioned quite a bit here, in a city like Rome, there is so much more to discover. So, take my list and explore the Rioni of Rome and see what other gems you come across and discover in this beautiful city.