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New traveller...Mamma Mia Hostel

by kitty_NI

Hi there,

Im travelling with my fiance to the Mamma Mia hostel in rome on 9th-16th aug 2010. He has travelled a lot but I havent been away much. Im getting a bit worried about staying in the hostel, we have booked a private ensuite room but have been reading reviews and a lot of people have turned up and not had a room (despite booking?!). We are arriving pretty late (about 8pm) so Im getting a bit worried something will go wrong cause surely it will be hard to find a hostel to take us that late at night in peak tourist season?...

Has anyone any advice/reassurance?! thanks!!

Re: New traveller...Mamma Mia Hostel

by unaS

I ran into that problem in Venice. According to Italian law, if you have a confirmed booking and a deposit was made, then the hostel/hotel/B&B are required to find you another - and - equivalent place to stay if they have not kept a room for you.

Re: New traveller...Mamma Mia Hostel

by KakapoTheParrot

It's never happened to me but you can read many reports of people with bookings turning up and being turned away. However, I'd offer two comments:

1. People who turn up and find their bookings don't exist will be very unhappy and will (quite reasonably) want to vent their anger as loudly as possible. As a result, you tend to hear afrom the small number of people that this happens to. Of course you hear nothing from the vast number of people who book in sucessfully.

2. Having suggested the chances of turning up and finding out your booking doesn't exist are smaller thatn you might expect from reading web reviews, about 48 hours before leaving home I always email the places I'm staying and confirm my booking :-) It's simple to do and I have never had a place not reply to me. Usually I get a reply within a very short time. I do this even if I book through an agent rather than directly with the hotel. I always reckon it's a polite thing to do anyway, because it gives the accommodation owner confidence that you are going to turn up.

It can be a bit of a struggle to find an email address for some hotels because web searches for hotels tend to be swamped by booking agent's web sites, but you can usually find what you want in the end. These days, I wouldn't use a hotel/hostel that I couldn't find it's own web site anyway.

Re: New traveller...Mamma Mia Hostel

by kitty_NI

thank you both :) thats great info to have, esp about the italian law! Mamma mia ask you to ring the day your due to arrive if your likely to be after noon (considering we only leave from bfast at 3pm thats likely lol) so will email AND do that....double whammy ;)

Thanks again!!

Re: New traveller...Mamma Mia Hostel

by rkearns

i would go to hostelling international's website and book with them. i wouldn't take my chances with those bad reviews. there are plenty of others that are adequate.

Travel Tips for Rome

What, you're closed???

by BorneoGrrl

There are so many things I love about Rome but I have one problem with it, the timing. I was at the Vatican City in January 2005 and entered the Vatican Museum just after 10:00 am only to be told that closing time is 1.30pm. The Vatican Museum has many exhibitions plus the infamous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. So how does one enjoy what's on offer with 3 hours to spare?

If you are the type to browse and appreciate the beautiful exhibitions, arrive as early as possible otherwise you will be disappointed when you are told to leave at closing time Vatican City is a sight to behold. Apart from the exhibitions, spiral staircase at Vatican Museum is a must try

Italian are very clean people....

by i_am_a_vip

Italian are very clean people. In the bathroom you will find an extra accessory that you may have never seen before. It is usually near the toilet, and it is used to wash you ass after you sat on the toilet. Learn to use it, you can just benefit from it. We DO NOT use that instead of paper, it is a plus to make sure you are properly cleaned. Saying that in your country you don't use that because you have showers is insulting! We have showers too, and most Italians use them every day of their lifes. If you don't use it in your country it means you are not as clean as an Italian!
Once an American told me that they don't use this peace of bathroom accessory because they use showers; so I assume they could do without a sink as well, because they have showers, isn't it!
Now just to make sure you understand the tip: after you have been sitting on the toilet you wipe your ass with paper, then when you think you are clean enough you go sit on the bide', fill it with warm water, and then with your right hand wash your ass with soap. Near the bide' you will find a small towel; that is to dry you ass. When you are done you can call yourself a fully civilized person.


by janchan

The area was built in the 20's and it is a charming and quiet place to have a walk out of the noisy center. The architecture of the buildings is unique.
To arrive here, take the metro, line B and get off at Garbatella.
There are good and cheap restaurants too in the area... :)


by lina112

Metro sistem in Rome is caotic allways is crowed of people. There is only 2 metro lines for a city of 4 million people, metro A and metro B. Metro open at 5.30 am in the morning and close at 11.30 pm, but line A closes at 9.00 pm because they are working on trains. Tickets cost 1 euro and you can travel with this ticket for 70 minutes, included too use bus sistem. After buy the ticket you have to validate on the machine to get the train.
We bought the weekly ticket, it cost 16 euros and you can use metro, bus and lido train. We used the lido one to go to Ostia Antica.

El metro en Roma es simplemente caótico, siempre atestado de gente. No puedo entender como una ciudad como Roma con 4 millones de personas viviendo solo tenga dos lineas de metro , linea A y linea B. Las lineas de metros abren a las 5.30 de la mañnana y cierran a las 11.30 de la noche. Una advertencia la linea A está cerrando en estos días a las 9 de la noche porque están de obras en los trenes. Los billetes cuestan 1 euro y es valido durante 70 minutos y lo puedes usar también en la linea de autobus. Nosotras compramos el billete semanal que cuesta 16 euros y que es valido para el metro, autobus y tren lido.

Colline Emiliane

by wayward_son about Colline Emiliane

Family-run it is quiet and soothing- a good place to rest after a sightseeing stint. Reasonably priced. Not far from Piazza Barberini this unassuming trattoria offers exceptionally good food. Served
in a couple plain dining rooms are such
authentic Italian specialties as light homemade pastas, a special chicken broth, and meats ranging from boiled beef to roast veal and veal cutlet with cheese and tomato sauce.
No credit cards excepted


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