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Mar 23rd, 2008, 10:41 PM
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SusanP,

I am enjoying your Rome report. My family (SWMBO + 14 yo + 11 yo) are planning to take a trip to Rome this September.

I would like some advice please. As a family of four I have been told to stay away from hotels and instead try for an apartment.

We are first time Rome tourists - like lambs to the slaughter I fear. There is just so much to prepare for...

Can you pls tell me:

1) where to stay (in which part of the city) so that we are close to the major tourist sites that we can walk to? I am considering Piazza Navona as a possible location

2) do landlords rent apartments for 4 nights only? I'd read somewhere that apartment rentals are normally for a minimum of one week

3) meals for a family costing E$30 - $40 might be too much to spend. Perhaps OK for one night, but I can't see us sustaining this every day. Do you have suggestions on how I might water and feed a family without taking out a second mortgage?

Appreciate any advice forthcoming.

Many thanks.

Richard
Melbourne, Australia
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Mar 24th, 2008, 04:24 AM
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Hello Ricgstevens

Welcome to Fodor's! We happy to have you join us.

While some people who have been following Susan's wonderful report may help you, I believe you will get more answers if you post your own question under a new heading.

There are lots of wise and very helpful members here who would love to help you, but sometimes when you need specifics, it gets lost if you add to an already-existing thread.

Also, if you use the search function on this Europe forum (using specific words like "Rome apartments"), you will come up with lots of previous comments.

However, for a start, I would try linking to sleepinitaly.com. They've got lots and lots of apartments to sift thru, many of which do not require 7 day minimums.

My favorite area to stay in is Piazza Navona as you are smack dab in the center of the historical city. Many prefer Trastevere, Fiori, or other areas.

As far as food costs, there is a very good thread circulating right now about this very question (although it is regarding Paris) but still relevant to your querie. Do a search for screen name "Samsaf" and you should find it.

Happy travels!

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Mar 24th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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Richard, glad you enjoyed the report. I'm happy to give more information. I also agree with the Piazza Navona area, I always stay there (I might have even already recommended this, did you start another thread?). It's central, good bus connections, lots of restaurant choices.

Some apartments do rent for less than a week. Last July I stayed in Rome after a couple of other places for 5 nights. I think an apartment for a family of 4 is a great idea, but one thing you do want to consider is that you won't have the help of a concierge or desk clerk. If that doesn't bother you, then go for it.

A few restaurants in the Piazza Navona area where you could eat for less:

L'Orso 80, Via dell'Orso, directly north of Piazza Navona. Just order the antipasto and you'll have more food than you can eat.

Dar Pallaro, Largo d. Pallaro, south of Piazza Navona and east of Campo de' Fiori, set menu (no choice of food), around 22E for about 5 courses, including wine.

Da Francesco, Piazza Fico, just west of Piazza Navona. Wonderful pizza at reasonable prices (probably around 10E each, possibly less, and that's for a whole pizza for each person).

Of course, if you go with an apartment, you can go to the Campo de' Fiori market and buy ingredients to cook dinner yourself if you like.
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