Italy: Rome and one more city

Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:18 AM
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Driving Rome to Paris would take about 15 hours without stopping.

If you really only plan to spend 3 days in Rome, you need to plan them very carefully. Find out the open days and hours of the things you want to see that require entry. Locate everything on a map and work out a logical path around the city. Make reservations where possible. Not everything of interest is open on Sunday and/or Monday, so two of your five days are already impacted.
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:29 AM
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ciao, Saur,

did you know that you can use your google toolbar to translate? or ask someone here to help out.

to get you started, the first column of the three is "rooms and services" - if you click on "camere", you'll get a series of thumb-nail pics of the rooms. the second column is the tarrif/promotion - sadly there are none of the latter at present, but the room rate is €120 including taxes and breakfast and all rooms have a/c with an internet point on each floor.

i would expect that if you e-mail them in english, making it clear what dates you are interested in and that you want to know the cost, ["quanta costa?" is how much? in italian] they will be able to undertand and respond likewise.

in June, the villa d'este and Hadrian's villa [both in/near Tivoli] would make a great day trip - you probably only need one in the time you've got in Rome.

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Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:30 AM
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One more thing - When checking into credit cards, be sure to ask their policy on notifying them before you go. We called Visa and Amex before we left and were glad we did. Visa said they would have deactivated our card after the first transaction in Europe if we hadn't let them know. I knew to do this from reading these boards. Good luck!
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 10:06 AM
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SAUR, in answer to your questions of me:
Residenza Canali is more central, though Arco del Lauro in Trastevere is within walking distance of everything also (assuming you are walkers.) I think I prefer RC. If your budget can handle it, request the topmost room, which has a spacious patio overlooking the rooftops of Rome. If not, the other rooms are wonderful, too. Be advised that there is no elevator at RC. (We're no longer spring chickens, but we have never at all minded stair-climbing.)

Both of the proprietors of Arco del Lauro and Residenza Canali are completely fluent in English. Regarding any questions you have about deposit policies, etc., you can email them at the email address ("contact us") on their website.

Regarding the advice to carefully plan all your days...I have a slightly different take. Rome is such a wonderful walking city, with so much to see that doesn't need "reservations," you need not worry about having a terribly detailed itinerary, imo. The highly popular museums do, unfortunately, require res; but the city itself (which is a museum unto itself) requires no planning to enjoy!
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I can highly recommend the Nicolas Inn, in Rome. It's a small B&B withing walking distance of the Coliseum, Formum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navonna, virtually everything. The rooms were immaculate and the bathrooms large for European standards. The owners (she's American, he's Italian) give excellant dining recommendations and time/money saving tips on touring and transportation.

Good Luck
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Jan 2nd, 2010, 03:12 PM
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Here is Domus Nova Bethlem e-mail. Just fill out the form. You can use Google translator to figure it out.

Or here is the booking page.

Fraterna Domus is [email protected] They have a curfew of 11 pm.

There are lots of others in the center, but most don't have AC. I would not want to stay somewhere without AC in June.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Yes, yes, we have all noticed that you are posting on every thread about lodgings in Rome to advertise the B&B you own, magic_simon. You do KNOW that you are violating Fodor's rules I assume which is that advertising of one's business is NOT allowed.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 01:12 PM
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If you click on magic_simon's link, you discover that his recommended b&b is neither in central Rome nor in a particularly interesting area...which would certainly rule it out for me.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 08:58 PM
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I came across this hotel:

It looks really nice and the reviews are very positive. Breakfast seems to be very nice as well. It seems little bit further away, but has access to public transit within 1 minute. Has anyone stayed at this place and any idea how much metro/bus can cost to get around (historic sites) each way per person?
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Jan 4th, 2010, 02:45 AM
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i would go with annhig's advice. It was an easy bus trip to tivoli and the Villa which will be lovely and cool around all those fountains in summer. I just caught the local bus and was treated to a group of school kids singing on the way back, thought i was lost for a bit but didn't care it was lovely. I spent 3 days in Venice and had trouble moving on so i don't see how you will do it justice, i did a day bus trip including Siena and a few other places which was good, ( i think it was from Rome, it was awhile ago!) Perugia was fascinating too. Remember that everything takes longer than you think and you want to have time to sit quietly and drink up the atmosphere. I remember near the zoo there was a hall in the gardens full of Bernini sculptures (sadly overlooked compared with other famous people) really lovely, he became my favourite sculptor after that. He did the fountain in Piazza Navona. Like everyone says there is a lot to do in Rome. Enjoy.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Especially for your first visit, stay in the historic center of Rome. You can walk to practically all the sights, and you see so much along the way on your walks. I like the area around Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona.

Time spent in the subway is time wasted. And it's less convenient to drop back at the hotel for a short rest before continuing your sightseeing.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 08:45 AM
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I enthusiastically second Mimar's advice above.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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Mirmar, you post doesn't make any sense because there are many major sites--Colosseum, Forum, Villa Borghese, Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican, Maria Maggiore, St. Prassede, Spanish Steps, St. Maria del Popolo--that aren't in the historic center of Rome.

It makes more sense to stay along the subway line to see all of these sites.

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Jan 4th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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A single bus/Metro ticket valid for 75 minutes costs 1 Euro. An unlimited pass for one day costs 4 Euro, for three days 11 Euro.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 10:45 AM
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Thanks Zerlina...that helps a lot.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Hotel Fiume is on a bus line rather than a metro line if that influences your decision. I have stayed in that general area a few times, once nearby on Via Nomentana. While it was a perfectly fine residential neighborhood, I did find that I would have preferred to be closer to more sights and more foot traffic. The walk along Via 20 Settembre and through the Aurelian wall was characterless and empty at night.
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Jan 4th, 2010, 04:09 PM
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Mirmar's post makes perfect sense if the travelers are walkers. We have at least 4 times stayed in centro storico; and we always walked to every single one of those places. Senza problema.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 06:32 AM
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So, ThinGorjus, where do you think the historic center of Rome is? It doesn't include the Roman Forum? Like LucieV, I've walked to all those sights. And I don't consider myself a walker. And I'm in my sixties.

Like I said in my earlier post, you see such interesting things en route. I remember walking through a district where clothing stores cater to priests and nuns. The mannequins in the windows all wore cassocks and robes and colorful capes.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 03:18 PM
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thanks everyone for all the comments and suggestions...they were extremely helpful

we booked right at the heart of the historic center...160 Euro per looks really nice and the reviews r also very positive...if anyone has stayed here or has heard anything, please share your comments

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Corso V. Emanuele II, 21
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Jan 9th, 2010, 03:45 PM
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Posts: 41,806 see such interesting things en route. I remember walking through a district where clothing stores cater to priests and nuns.The mannequins in the windows all wore cassocks and robes and colorful capes.

omg, mirmar, I have several photos of that window from a trip that we took over a decade ago! It was, indeed, fascinating -- almost surreal for some reason.

SAUR, you got yourself a very good deal! That was a place we tried to get into in 2008, but it was booked. They offered us a room at their sister hotel, Best Sistine, but I declined. The reviews do indeed sound good.
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