Best should be defined and dictated by personal preferences, financials, wants, needs, lifestyle, etc.; if unfamiliar with the area don't simply rely on opinions, rather take the time and visit the neighborhood more than once and at different times of day; possibly chat with locals, check out everything that is important to you, etc., then determine where your comfort level can best be reached...... more
In terms of quality education, you might consider look into the New Hartford area. As a former employee, its across the board programs are top notch. The New Hartford District is recognized annually by Newsweek magazine as one of the highest rated schools in the entire country. You might want to check out last springs school ratings.
This location is approx. a 20 minute drive from Rome. The difference in quality of life and educational benefits would be worth the time spent in the car.