Lay of the Land
Campo Marzio: Commonly referred to as Centro, this aristocratic neighborhood offers the best of Italian luxury-goods shops (Fendi, Bulgari, Valentino).
Prati: Edging the western bank of the Tiber River, this lesser-known suburb is filled with affordable boutiques and excellent gelaterie.
Testaccio: This formerly working-class district is not terrifically picturesque, but authentic pleasures abound in it, including artisanal butchers, shops, and trattorias.
Trastevere: The chic quartiere trades in medieval Rome’s most reliable postcard perfection, from its cobblestoned lanes to the Basilica of Santa Maria.
Vatican City: Come here to explore treasured sites such as the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Getting Around: Expect to walk a lot. For long hauls, try the metro or a taxi.
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