5 Stylish Vacation Rentals Close to Rome’s Top Attractions

The Eternal City is an open air museum: There's simply so much to see that staying near some of its best historical and architectural marvels is a must.

The Colosseum. The Spanish Steps. Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon. Whether you’ve not yet visited Rome or it’s your tenth time, no trip to the Eternal City is complete without taking in some of its most celebrated sights. But why not take sightseeing a step further and actually stay among Rome’s greatest wonders? Imagine gazing down on the Spanish Steps from your private terrace, strolling to the Pantheon in mere minutes, or people-watching in the Piazza Navona, right outside your front door? The Eternal City is where the concept of “la dolce vita”—the sweet life—began, and these are the places certain to make any stay even sweeter.

Le Reve de Naim, Campo Marzio

Close to: The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Via Borgognona, Via Condotti

With a view of the beautiful Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most popular gathering places and a spot made especially famous by the classic 1953 film Roman Holiday, Le Reve de Naim occupies the entire third floor of a residential building. (And by the way, that’s gigantic for Rome!). What’s more, this residence is just off Via Condotti, the most famous shopping street in Rome. That’s right, intermingled with the historic buildings is the best of the city’s haute coutureChanel, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Versace, Fendi, Ermanno Scervino, and more.

From here, it’s also just ten minutes or less to walk to other incredible sights like the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the largest Baroque fountain in the city, and Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome’s most popular squares.

Stunning views of the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccia Fountain are just beyond the balcony of Le Reve de Naim.

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The Spanish Steps Honeymoon Apartment, Campo Marzio

Close to: The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Via Condotti, Via Borgognona

Located in picturesque Piazza di Spagna, with a beautiful, spacious terrace overlooking the square, The Spanish Steps Honeymoon Apartment is also incredibly close toyou guessed itthe Spanish Steps. The apartment itself is a masterfully-designed intimate hideaway perfect for a couple, but the panoramic views from its private terrace is what truly makes it a standout. This rooftop getaway is the perfect place to eat breakfast, stretch out in the sun, or gaze down on the bustling streets below. And when you’re ready to head out, you’re less than a five minute stroll from the Via Condotti high-end shopping area, 10 minutes from Trevi Fountain, and under 15 minutes from the Pantheon. Planning to pay a visit to the Colosseum or the Roman Forum? Each site is approximately a 17 minute drive from your front door.

The private terrace of the Spanish Steps Honeymoon Apartment has ample room for sharing a meal, sunning, or gazing out over Piazza de Spagna.

Casa Manni, Centro Storico

Close to: The Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo

Within a trifecta of the city’s most popular sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon, Casa Manni is an exquisite gem in the heart of Rome. The residence enjoys one of the finest possible locations in Rome’s Municipio 1: It’s just three minutes on foot from the Pantheon, five from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and eight to Piazza Navona. Planning to include the Colosseum or Roman Forum within your sightseeing plans? Each are easily within striking distance too, about a 12 minute walk away. Plus, when you’re ready to trade old Rome for new, the area’s dozens of designer stores are at your fingertips, including Valentino, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and more.

Warning: it may be tough to leave, as Casa Manni is equipped with every modern comfort imaginable. The outstanding gourmet kitchen, for example, is kitted out with chef-grade appliances including a Nespresso Machine, a centrifuge juicer, and an immersion blender. And meals are best enjoyed al fresco on the private terrace, overlooking dozens of Roman rooftops. Yes, there’s a reason that this property has been featured as one of The Today Show’s “5 Best Romantic Destinations,” and received a Tatler Award as one of the “101 Best Hotels in the World”—it’s one truly special spot.

Museum-quality artwork adorns the walls of luxurious Casa Manni, a jewel box-like escape in Rome’s historic core.

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Domus Domitia, Centro Storico

Close to: Castel Sant’Angelo, Campo De’ Fiori, Piazza Navona

Within a seventeenth-century Palazzo, between Piazza Navona and San Pietro, lies Domus Domitia. This one-of-a-kind residence, which features careful architectural restoration of the entrance hall and former warehouse of the Palace, includes straight-from-a-history-museum details. For example, the elegant lobby has Roman travertine beams framing the eaves and a verdant courtyard holds a fountain salvaged from the excavations of the renovation.

The decor, in vivid contrast, is modern, high-tech, and wildly colorful. And while the property is just a five minutes from key sights like Castel Sant’Angelo (right across the River Tiber) nine minutes to Campo De’ Fiori, 10 to Piazza Navona—an elegant square—and 11 to the Pantheon, you may find yourself with your camera in hand inside as well.

The modern decor of Domus Domitia is in striking contrast to its restored architecture.

Costaguti Penthouse, Centro Storico

Close to: the Jewish Ghetto, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona

Right in the center of the city, Rome’s Jewish Ghetto is one of the most intriguing attractions in the Eternal City, yet one of it’s least known. It’s the oldest Jewish community in all of Europe, and once walled-in, crowded and grim, it’s now a thriving neighborhood that combines Jewish culture with the grandeur of Roman architecture—and it commands some of the highest property prices in Rome. And right in the midst of it is the impressive Costaguti Penthouse, located on the 4th floor of a 15th century historic Palazzo.

Renovated by a French interior designer, the Costaguti Penthouse is decked out with French antiques, modern artwork, sculptural lighting, and 360° views of Rome from its grand-scale windows and spacious terrace. There’s also a fully equipped “summer” kitchen that services the rooftop, making it all-too-easy to spend your days there. But when you do step outside, the Roman Ghetto is right at your fingertips. Don’t miss sights the Teatro Marcello, also known as the Jewish Coliseum for its resemblance to the original Colosseum. And then there’s the Great Synagogue of Rome, a.k.a., the Tempio Maggiore di Roma, the largest synagogue in all of Rome (and possibly all of Italy!). The Jewish Museum of Rome is located inside and is a good place to start your explorations of the area. The residence is also just a 9 minute walk from the Pantheon, an 11 minute walk to Piazza Navona and The Colosseum, and a mere five minutes drive to the Roman Forum.

Light-filled Costaguti Penthouse features a mix of French antiques amid the classic Roman architecture of a 15th century Palazzo.