any recommendations for small character-full places to stay as a good base to explore Rome in late July/early August?
One suggestion is my new favorite hotel in Rome - Hotel Teatro Pace - reasonably priced for the perfect location in Rome, just a few steps from Piazza Navona. It just opened in May of 2004. You can read my tip here.
Not sure what you mean by "character-full", but I'd recommend Caesar House. Reviews of it (including mine, buried a ways down, now) can be found at:
we are staying at Vivaldi suites at hotel mozart in late July.
It looks like a very cool smaller hotel near Spanish steps, with jacuzzi tub and plasma TV and in room internet with laptop.
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I'm travelling to Rome on the 14th (for 3 days) with my spouse,kid & parents.Could someone pls suggest a nice B&B to stay at...preferably near the city centre,a decent price and close to a metro.
Any help is appreciated.
it's near the colosseo.
Is there a reason you need to be near the Metro? Frankly, most sites can be reached faster on foot in Rome, especially if you are already staying in the historic center. And really, it is so wonderful to walk through the city - it is a pity to take the Metro and be underground. Rome is a city to walk in, around, through, between, about, among, along and of. (sorry I got carried away!)
The Metro system in Rome is relatively limited. Also, taxis on Rome aren't very expensive, especially when shared.
If you do take the Metro, take care with your valuables. A crowded Metro car (or bus) is just what pickpockets like. No wallets in back pockets or front pockets or any pockets!
My favorite B&B hotel is right in the center of things, the best location possible I think, near Piazza Navona, but on a quiet side street. Hotel Teatro Pace. I have of tip on it here
- but it does not have an elevator - so you may have to walk up several steps (though they will carry your luggage for you.)
Hi,Thanks for all the replies.Well,my parents are old,so I thought in case it's needed staying near a metro would b handy.Though I do agree,the best place to see a city is to walk around.
No, the Metro won't be a good solution for elderly parents - at least not in Rome. Sometimes there are very long walks (and stairs) to the exits.
Your best bet will be taxis. I took my elderly father to Rome and used taxis whenever we needed to walk longer distances. Much faster than the Metro which doesn't go everywhere you'll want to go.
As the other poster noted, www.venere.com is a good place to look. My suggestion of Hotel Teatro Pace is probably not a good one for elderly folks given the number of stairs they would have to climb.
True, the metro is not the best option for elderly people. Use buses instead, easy to get on and off and they will enjoy the ride. Get a map of the bus lines and invest some time on them, also check the electric buses (3 or 4 lines) which are specially intended for the touristic areas ... from my own experience, old parents really hate metros.
We are a motley group of four doing a walk in Tuscany. Can anyone recommend a reasonable B&B in Rome, Siena and Florence, close to the historic monuments but not too pricey. Also any good non-touristy restaurants in these places.
What mode of transport is better (and cheaper)to go from Rome to Siena and Florence to Rome. Coach or train?
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In general, trains are faster, cheaper and more convenient in Italy. For example, the Eurostar train from Rome to Florence takes only 1 1/2 hours and if memory serves me, I think a second class ticket (second class is perfectly fine) is around 30 euros. You can check out schedules and prices on www.trenitalia.com. (But sometimes patience is needed - the site often suffers from gremlins - which is why I can't check the price of a Rome-Florence ticket right now.)
On my last trip to Rome, I stayed at Hotel Teatro Pace which is run like a B&B, i.e. no one on duty from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. and breakfast is brought to your room. The location is perfect - just a few steps from Piazza Navona. You can read my tip here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/67a55/23513/3/
A good, inexpensive nearby restaurant is La Focaccia. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/67a55/23513/2/
Not true for the Roma - Siena journey, actually. SENA has several direct coach services from Tiburtina station in Rome to Siena railway station which take about 2h45 minutes. If you go by train you'll have to change in Chiusi, and you'd be happy to make it in 3h.
The train is cheaper, though...
I have heard great reviews of the Roman B&B and the owner, Marco. I think it's a pretty basic place, but very reasonably priced (a single room was 40 euro/a triple was 90). Marco will also pick you up for free from the airport.
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Address: Via del Teatro Pace, 33, Rome, Lazio, 00186, Italy