Vaticano Milizie

Via delle Milizie 15, Rome, 00192, Italy
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Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by orangeblossom08

I really need some advice regd accommodations in Rome. I will be there for 4 days on a quick break in late Oct, and I have a choice of 2 locations for my stay there.
Some info - My husband and I have not been to Rome before. While visiting some of Rome's main tourist attractions are certainly on our agenda, we would also like some time to enjoy the city, ie, explore some of the little streets and alleys, sit by a cafe and have a coffee, that sort of thing. We are also die-hard foodies and love eating like the locals, visiting markets and food shops. Given the short span of time we have, we would like to be in a central area with easy access to the sights and local colour.
The locations - One is on via Purificazione near the Spanish Steps and the other is along via Sora near Campo de'Fiori.
Which do you think would be the better option? Any advice will definitely be appreciated!

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by domenicococozza

Given the 2 options, I would, personally, choose to be nearer the Spanis Steps.
Campo de Fiori is just beyond the Avenite Hill and is about 5 kms from the main attractions. If you were lokking forward to some nice walks then take hiking boots if you stay at Campo de Fiori.
Most of the authentic restaurants are in Trastevere and the Jewish quarter near the Fields of Mars. Both of these areas are easily accessible from the Spanish steps. You then have the added bonus of being within easy walking distance of the Pantheon, The Trevi fountain, and the Roman forum/Colloseum.
Even the Vatican is achievable on foot.

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by Roadquill

I would pick closer to Campo d'fiore. Just a short walk to Piazza Navona and the cool bars and restaurants W of Navona (although there are many E and S and N for that matter) which is 5 minutes from the Pantheon, a much shorter walk to the Vatican than by the SS. It seems like a shorter walk to the Forum, Palintine Hill and the Colo. But you could always check the pedestrian distances on You are not going to go wrong with either choice. Rome is one of those places that you meander from place to place and the next cool thing is a few minutes away. Ciao, Karl

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by kathymof

Via Sora is a wonderful central location that allows you to walk to most of the main sites. It is not near a metro station but the central location makes up for it.

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by Mikebb

Hi 2 years ago we stayed less than 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps, a great location, plenty of reasonably pricesd restaurants and cafes around, some on my pages, we walked everywhere, in our 5 days in Rome we only caught the metro twice, also you must visit the Vatican Museums, it is amazing. There are plenty of cafes in the plazas, you will have no problem finding them but the cost of a cup of coffee is extremely high, to sit at a table a coffee could be anything up to 10 euro , stand up coffe is half price, so check the prices before you order. You are welcome to view my Rome and Vatican City pages.
Good Luck,

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by barbaradangelo

Hi I'm from Rome. Spanish steps just for tourist, Campo dei fiori tourist+popular.

Re: Advice on Accommodation - via Purificazione or via Sola???

by orangeblossom08

Thanks everyone for your responses! I've decided on the apartment on via Sora. Looking forward to it! Cheers :)

Travel Tips for Rome

Why Won't the Waiter Bring the Check?

by Lacristina

Because they think it's rude to ask you to leave. To them, it would be the equivalent of inviting guests to dinner, and after an hour, looking at their watches and asking them to leave.

In our American culture, we often look at dining as the equivalent of filling up at a gas station. Italians think of it as more of an art to take pleasure in. Two-three hours for dinner is considered normal. While there are a few restaurants which try to turn tables twice in an evening, most don't expect to, unless they cater to tourists.

Waiters also wait for someone to ask for the check so they know who to give the bill to. Often, the host at an Italian restaurant excuses himself from the table and handles the bill quietly outside the view of the other guests.

I have an Italian friend who felt insulted at a very high end restaurant in New York (Le Cirque) when the waiter brought the check without either of us having asked for it.

Hang on now, are you sure we're in Rome?

by unravelau

Click on picture to enlarge.

We have a special day every year -- an initiative of an ozzie whose face I can see but whose name wont come -- Everyone from great grandma to the youngest walker gets their gloves and some good walking shoes and gets stuck into picking up and disposing of every bit of rubbish they can find.................
Since this started people have paid more attention to disposing of rubbish more carefully.........seeing the kangaroo here made me think that the idea may have been adopted........??


by kbsunnyside

Initial ride around town--the T116 bus (I don't think it runs on the weekend however) is a little electric bus that takes you on a terrific tour through the historic center. Easy start at Barberini.

If at all possible don't take the 64 bus (termini to the vatican). It's always a mob scene and rampant with pickpockets. The 40 express is the same route and is much better.

A Great Salmon Risotto

by azz8206 about Il Piccolo Buco

This restaurant will give you get the feel of a family run restaurant with momma cooking in the kitchen and her children waiting on tables. It is a small restaurant but the food and the atmosphere is excellent. It's about 20 euros pp with a beer and the tip is already included.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is pure Rome. It's small, crowded, the tables are close together and you are literally rubbing elbows with the people at the next table. We loved it. I had the risotto al salmone which was delicious and my wife really liked her 4 cheese pizza and her breasola.

The Vatican

by Rahel

It has been the residence of the Popes for about six centuries (since 1377) because, before the transfer of the Pontificial Court to Avignon (1309-1377), the Papal seat was at the Lateran. About 265 Popes have sat on the throne of St. Peter, in an uninterrupted line. Vatican city is an indipendent state ruled by the Supreme Pontiff (the Pope).
The church looks great, it's worth a visit. But be there early, because there are others who wants to go inside!


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