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The wonders of the Vatican Museum, the soaring Pantheon, the cobbled lanes and pizza eats of Trastevere, the great Colosseum – the Eternal City's enduring draws don't have to come at a price. In fact, hostels in Rome are a great way to explore the metropolis of emperors and popes for less. They have some seriously enticing rates on beds, made possible by cheap and cheerful dorm-style sleeping arrangements and shared bathrooms. Convenient locations on the doorstep of Roma Termini – a major metro interchange – mean you can head out to for peppercorn pastas and prosecco on the piazzas whenever you feel like it. And on top of all that, hostels in Rome can put your Italian adventure into overdrive with evening cooking lessons, limoncello-fuelled pub crawls, walking tours and all sorts of other organised entertainments.
You can usually tell it's a hostel in Rome just by looking. High-ceilinged interiors have dormitories housed in centuries-old palazzi, with big windows that open onto streets fringed by wine bars and osterias. Inside, there's typically something for all sorts of visitor, whether you're keen to bag a wallet-friendly bunk in a 16-bed room or a private double with its own ensuite – calling all couples. A smattering of chic design hostels takes care of the upscale range of places. They bring graffiti murals, minimalist decor, and fusion styles of east and west together – think bars lit with Chinese lanterns and bathrooms clad in retro metro tiles.
The energy and buzz of hostels in Rome is what keeps the young crowd coming back. Just in case you didn't want to head out to snap selfies by the Colosseum, taste Romana pizzas and scale the Castel Sant'Angelo all alone, it's possible to join guided tours of the metropolis in many of these establishments. Others have a focus on cranking up the fun after dark, with in-house pub crawls and live music gigs on the menu. Come morning, it's common to find a continental breakfast that includes Italian-roasted coffee and fresh pastries.
You might not have to stray very far from the colossal atriums of Termini station to discover the top-rated hostels in Rome. Blocks of grand buildings, carved with stone statues and fronted with passata-scented, wine-sloshing trattorias spread out all around that main transport hub, hosting low-cost stays like Generator Rome. Inside that elegant, modern and arty option, you'll find sleek double rooms and industrial-chic dorms. A 20-minute walk through the pine-scented Park of Colle Oppio to the south and you'll eventually reach the mighty Colosseum and the Roman Forum, too. It is one of the world's bucket-list sights, and you can bag a combined ticket that will reveal the old temples and the gladiator fighting pits alike. Couples on a romantic escape together might prefer to look to the neighbourhood of La Trastevere. It's across the Tiber to the west, hosting Hostel Trustever and its charming array of B&B-style rooms. Around it is a maze of cobbled lanes and aperitif bars, all topped with age-stained palazzi and the palm-shaded walks of the Museo Orto Botanico.