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May 14th, 2019, 08:56 PM
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Adjacent to the Colosseum is the larger & in some ways even more interesting Forum & Palatine Hill. Certainly a much broader view of the city's history than one building, the Colosseum, and in my view worthy of more time. So if history is of interest, being nearby would be very worthwhile.
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May 14th, 2019, 09:16 PM
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From the Colosseum to the Vatican is just over 4km. Maybe a bit more than an hour on foot. Even if you're at one extreme or the other anything in between should be within walking distance.
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May 15th, 2019, 01:10 PM
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I have used the Hotel Smeraldo in the past because it is economical and in a great area. I have also used Hosianum Palace in the ghetto (Jewish quarter). Not sure what the prices are now, but they were not too expensive and very central. Definitely a place near Campo dei Fiori, Pantheon, or Piazza Navona will be best bet for walking everywhere and being able to return to hotel during the day.
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I stayed once at the Smeraldo. I didn't consider it economical, but hotels often raise and lower their prices. In fact, although I go often to Rome, I don't have a preferred hotel, because I always check for bargains on and I go with the best value for the money.
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May 16th, 2019, 04:39 PM
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I usually try to find something central,especially for a first visit which it is for our kids, and something that looks comfortable while not breaking the bank. Also very clean . My husband is a bit of a germaphobe.We will also have a couple of days in Venice and I know hotels run more there, so I’m trying to keep to the budget lower for other cities. Although in Florence, we will stay outside the city at Art Hotel Villa Agape , gentle on the budget but not central.
I still haven’t booked something for Rome. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time deciding. Actually, I do. Last time we were in Rome , I never felt like “wow, it is so crowded here” except at Trevi Fountain, but on the morning of our return flight, we drove past at about 6 a.m. and it was deserted and so beautiful. Part of me wants an apartment very near Trevi Fountain, so I can steal away early in the morning and recreate that feeling. Just me and a cup of coffee and Trevi Fountain. Foolish I know. The other part of me wants to have someplace a bit further west , maybe near the Pantheon simply for convenience sake, as well as someplace that checks everyone’s boxes. Some want a lift, some want 3 actual beds not a sofa bed, some want modern, other’s want romantic. It’s tough to make everyone happy, but I’m sure it will work out fine. Thank you for the many suggestions.
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May 16th, 2019, 05:19 PM
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Pantheon to Trevi is about a ten minute walk. Not exactly a different timezone.
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May 17th, 2019, 02:18 AM
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I agree with Nick & I think you're over thinking this. Anywhere in the historic center and you can quickly walk to any of those sites early in the morning if you want and during the day that whole area will be busy with tourists. Piazza Navona is only a few min from the Pantheon as well, and Campo di Fiori just across the Corso Vittoriol. A few years ago we stayed near Campo di Fiori and did a nice quiet morning walking loop between all those sites several times. Ancient Rome (Colsseum/Forum) and Vatican are a greater distance away, by taxi, bus, or walking.

As for what others want. A lift is handy, but not necessary. If you or your husband have trouble carrying bags up stairs, then enlist your 17yr old and 19yr old to help their parents. They're (I'm assuming), getting a free trip out of this. I would agree that a sofa bed would not be a preference for anybody. Find an apartment that has 4 real beds. And as for romantic vs modern does it matter? You'll be in Rome. Romantic settings are everywhere. Modern - well most of Rome is modern (= anything after about 1500ad, that is.)

Edit - adding hotel info.
We (my wife and I) stayed at Hotel Campo di Fiori on our last visit a few years ago. Normally we book an apartment everywhere we go for the space & convenience. We don't need hotel concierge, front desk, or meal service for anything & prefer the flexibility of having a fridge/kitchen/table to eat light meals & snacks, or even take out dinner. That said, we did like the Hotel CdF. Rooms are tiny. as in very tiny. Breakfast buffet daily was a nice spread. Bonus was the rooftop terrace with 360 views that we had all to ourselves whenever we wanted. From there we could walk anywhere we wanted - historic center as mentioned. Forum in about 20min, Vatican in about 20-30 (along the Tiber to avoid the hustle & bustle, but we won't mention the Tiber here) We had sandwiches, or cheese and wine, or just wine up there several times. Campo di Fiori itself has changed over the years. On my first visit many years ago the market was nearly all food stalls - fresh fruits and veggies, meats, etc. staffed by a crotchety old Italian woman who would admonish you not to touch the tomatoes. Nowadays many of the stalls are selling cheap imported flea market goods, with signs all in English, prices listed in dollars, pounds, and euros, and no longer staffed by crotchety old Italian women, but rather fast speaking, English fluent hawkers. There are still the fresh food vendors, but the overall character has changed.

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