A Backpackers place
There are rooms with at maximum 10 beds. It's not luxury, but it is enough to enjoy a stay of some days in Rome. The stuff is friendly and helpful.
"Piazza Bologna" is the metro station you have to leave to get to the hostel. Bus Nr. 62 is also good to reach some interesting and famous places like Piazza Venezia or the Vatican on a direct way. After 12 p.m. you can take the nightbus N40 at "Termini" and leave at station "Ravenna". It is one of the cheapest way to live in Rome, and it isn't situated too bad. And you can meet people from all around the world.
Accomodation in Rome
As before try venere.it, and, http://www.viamichelin.it and, accor.fr from where we got a very reasonable priced and high spec Mercure hotel in Piazza Bologna.
Looking for a hotel on spec, the worst value hotels in Rome are in the streets immediately to the north/east of Termini around Via Marsala. Obviously, they are very popular for access to the Airport buses and trains. I found reasonably priced hotesl 50e per double room circa 5 streets north of Termini. You need some Italian away from the 'rip off' streets. It's fairly simple I would like a double room for tonight 'vorrei camera doppia stasera' - what price is 'quanta costa'. Heading south from Termine, you will much better value fo rooms.
Roman Capital of The World....
KUALA LUMPUR<<<<<ROME>>>>>BOMARZOITALYTuesday 10th June 2003
My 3rd trip to Europe starts here in Rome. Arriving fromKuala Lumpur (my home country, Malaysia...) at about 6.10 am, on 10th June 2003, Tuesday... from Kuala Lumpur; it was a smooth flight, flying by MAS (Malaysian Airline). Saw Marina Mahathir ( our PM's daughter; What was she doing here, maybe a tourist like me, wonder is she would be going to Bomarzo ? Anyway, collecting my luggage, checked my passport, everything was smooth sailing as they say.
Feeling great being in Rome, had a smoke just outside the airport. Watching people if people noticed me. Finding my way around the airport & caught the regional train to Termini Station. On the train, looking out the windows, the scenarios reminded me of my own coutry. The ruralness, the bushes, roads, hills...& grafittis, maybe political (well, we don't have so much political grafittis here, maybe some vulgar words here & there).
Arriving in Termini about 7 am. Too early to check in to my hotel in Piazza Bologna. So, I decided to walk & explore Rome on foot, while carrying my luggage, one bag pack on my back..the other is bigger, trolley-like; dragging my way to reach the hotel by walking.
Walked past Old walls. Roman walls, yes ?....took photos....click! click! I am in Rome.
Realised that the weather was kinda hot & kept on walking & it got hotter & hotter. Feeling kinda weird. "Is this normal?...." Well, of course it was, it was in summer, right ?
Good seeing the Romans in their everyday life, in their everyday clothes, in their everyday behaviours; catching buses; crossing the streets. Bliss.
Asking for my directions every 10 minutes or so. A guy suggested me to take the bus to reach Piazza Bologna. I just smiled & said "..I prefer to walk..." Although he walked with me for a few minutes, maybe wanted to feel what it's like to be a tourist in his own city. Maybe.
Found the hotel about 9.30 am, couldn't checked in not until about 12 or 1 pm...The grumpy old man said sternly to me although trying to be polite at the same time, good actor this old man. Left the luggage & decided to do some serious explorations in Rome, 3 to 4 hours before I checked in.
Took the Metro....& came to the Spanish Steps.....many people, sitting on the steps....The sun was shining brightly.....People carrying water bottles....& drank at any time they had the chance....Tap water?.... it was cold....not the taste....but 'safe to drink' are the word!
Looking at my guidebook....maybe I could reach Tivoli Fountain as well?...Found it, feeling good again.....many tourists....
Rome doesn't look a modern city....but the Roman ruins are just everywhere! Almost at any turn....
Feeling good taking the metros....had the ideas where to hop in & where to hop off.....Went back to the hotel, & checked in....
Unpacked....& took shower....rested for a while...watching some Italian TVs...music videos....Skin (Skunk Anansie singer..) just released her new solo album...thought it was bland....I prefer her to shout her lung out loud!...
Went out again....bought a phone card & had to elarn how to use it..& started calling some people around Italy, telling them about me in Rome & would be seeing them one by one....
At 4 pm...went out again...taking the metro...reaching the Coleseum...impressive!....Had a good hour going inside the Coleseum...taking photos....It was hot!....I started to sweat....thought it was normal....(it was not actually...)...
Walked to the Palatine Hill....a vast place!...Explored....;Gurgling the tap water at every turn....Took lots of photos....Didn't care what it was called...Photos to impress myself, for my next generations....
Next destination : Bomarzo
A MUST SEE...
Piazza Bologna, just a few dozen metres away!
Restaurants near Piazza Bologna
Can anyone recommend a very good restaurant near near Piazza Bologna.
RE: Restaurants near Piazza Bologna
Piazza Bologna...in which town?
RE: RE: Restaurants near Piazza Bologna
Well, in Rome obviously:) ...where the B-line's Bologna station is.
As for restaurant, i don't really know, cause i had eaten once or twice in that area, no more...
I know of a good, if somewhat expensive, steak (fiorentina style) restaurant in Piazza Regina Margherita (or Piazza Quadrata [Square Square:)] as it is sometimes called by the locals) along the Viale Regina Margherita, not far from Piazza Bologna. I once ate in a good pizzeria-trattoria near the Villa Albani.
I also suggest u a tiny gem nearby, a little but delicious cake shop called Nonna Carla, on Via di S. Agnese 2; just take the Viale XXI Aprile from Piazza Bologna and reach the crossing with Via Nomentana at the end of it. The street in front of u in that crossing will be Via di S. Costanza, if u turn right on Via Nomentana, the first street on the left will be Via di S.Agnese. Cakes and cookies are simple and home-made, but to die for...And in the meanwhile u could visit S. Agnese Basilica (with the ancient Costantinian Basilica beside) and S. Costanza Mausoleum, which are just across the street.