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Jan 21st, 2015, 09:09 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies and tips. Did you all miss my previous post above though "Looking seriously to book Residenza Maritti on Via tor de Conti 17. Any thoughts of the B&B or the street/area there?" Because no one referred or answered that. Maybe no one knows???
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Jan 21st, 2015, 10:08 PM
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I don't know that b&b specifically, but the street. Read reviews carefully, i would have two concerns: if it is at a lower level, it will be dark (walls right in front of it), higher levels might have lovely views of the forum. Also, that street is often used by drivers as a connection from nazionale to cavour (since fori imperiali is restricted now), so might be loud.

But in general, add me to the Monti fans - i work there and love it. Don't miss dall anto for an informal meal (roasted vegetables, various farinata, great breads, organic wines and apple juices), tricolore for gourmet sandwiches, aromaticus for tartare and very fine salads, la barrique for great wine selection, al vino al vino for great by the glass wines and the caponata! I do not like any of the more formal/proper trattoria or restaurants at the moment, but views differ!
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 03:49 AM
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Isn't farinata a type of focaccia made with chickpea flour? I tried to make some once or twice for a relative who was allergic to wheat, but it always fell apart and turned into porridge.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 04:48 AM
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I am so excited to be responding to your post because I stayed in a wonderful apartment in the Monti section a few years ago and highly recommend it! I know you said you were interested in a hotel or B&B, but believe me there is nothing like being in an apartment to feel "local". Please check out VRBO listing #307391. The windows you see in the picture of the living area look down onto a lovely cafe filled street. The Metro station is only one block away. You can walk to St. Peter in Chains church and see Michelangelo's Moses. It is VERY reasonable, you can trust your transaction, and we could NOT have been happier with the accomodations. Clean, large, nice bathroom, even a washer and dryer and a roof terrace. Good luck!
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 05:36 AM
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I'm always so happy to read positive things about Monti because that's where we decided to stay for our upcoming trip (our first) to Rome. We are staying in this apartment:
http://www.dolceroma.it

You can also see it here: http://www.vrbo.com/194822


It came highly recommend on the Slow Trav site and the owners have been very nice to work with thus far. I know you indicated that you wanted a hotel, but perhaps it's worth looking at; they have some availability in March.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 06:52 AM
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>>>Via Tor De'Conti 17 - 00184 - Roma<<<<

This is a quiet street not really open to much traffic (at least not through traffic). It fronts on the Trajan's Market area. Via della Madonna dei Monti leading to it from Via Serpenti is also pretty quiet with very little traffic. Traffic on both streets would be people that have business there mostly. I would assume the B&B is very close to Hotel Forum. I'm trying to remember the name of a hotel that Walter used to stay in that was cheaper than Hotel Forum. He's the one that wrote all those long posts on the Forum, but you can't search his name anymore on Fodor's (paradiselost). Last time I stayed in Monti I picked up a card for a small B&B/apartment that was on Via della Madonna dei Monti that I thought would be very quiet. I'll see if I can find it.

I've stayed at the convent Santa Sofia on Piazza Madonna dei Monti before. If you get an interior room, there is no noise. I wouldn't want to front on the piazza (especially towards the fountain as that is where they hang out late). For March, their rate for a single would probably be around 50-60€. All you get is a bed and a cross with private bath. They include breakfast, but it's very minimal and the coffee used to be instant. They did have wifi in the lobby and they don't have a curfew.

http://www.casasantasofia.it/index.php/en/

There's a convent on via Sant'Agata dei Goti which also has very little traffic (Casa Il Rosario). They have an interior garden and roof terrace. There's a lot of pics of it on Monastery Stays (including several of the street it's on). Booking directly with the convent can be 10-15€ less per night than Monastery Stays prices.

http://www.monasterystays.com/?a=des...losseum/LAR114

CASA IL ROSARIO
Via S. Agata dei Goti,10 00184 Rome.
Tel. 06.679.2346; Fax: 06.6994.1106; E-mail: [email protected]

The convents are probably less amenities than you want, but an option if you aren't finding anything else.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 07:02 AM
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Bvlenci, yes, maybe i'd rather call it pancake than focaccia. It is typical in liguria, tuscany and similar to panelle in sicily (also socca in nice, france).next time you want to try it just make a thick batter with chickpea flour, water, salt, a glug of olive oil, let it sit for at least a couple of hours, then bake it in the oven - hot oven, hot oven tray, well oiled, pour half a cm thick. The original is baked in copper flat trays in wood burning ovens. (as is at dall anto, too. And on fridays they make something like a sandwich, two slices of farinata with a thick layer of bacala mantecata in the middle - looks like an icecream sandwich - delicious!)
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 03:01 PM
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Vinoroma, that looks exactly like the recipe I had. I don't know how it could have been used as a sandwich, because it broke apart if I even tried to lift it off the pan.

I'll try again. I'd like to get it right, as we liked the taste, and, besides, I have that chickpea flour to use up.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 08:54 PM
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Thanks again for all the replies and suggestions. I have started also looking at apartments at the suggestions above. Monasteries are indeed not what I seek right now but appreciate your help too.

What about something on Via Labicana? Is that a good spot?
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 09:51 PM
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>>I'm trying to remember the name of a hotel that Walter used to stay in that was cheaper than Hotel Forum.<<


Apparently it was The Kennedy

"ParadiseLost on Feb 29, 12 at 3:01am

In 8 trips (96-05) amounting to ~3months staying basically on the same street as the Morgana (4x @ the Kennedy) I never saw anything that would cause me concern about safety outside of loud drunk in a grocery store once.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 09:54 PM
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Via Labicana is charmless and a throughfare. A lot of traffic including tram and buses. If you have to go to that side of colosseum, look at Via di san giovanni laterano or capo d'africa, they are nicer. Remember you'll be a bit more removed from the center. I prefer the atmosphere of the area between fori imperiali, nazionale, cavour; west/nw of cavour metro station.

Bvlenci, here are some pics:
How normal farinata looks: http://instagram.com/p/qyljU4NlvV/
How the sandwich with farinata looks: http://instagram.com/p/t-D8uMNluT/
and here are panelle, the fried sicilian version: http://instagram.com/p/yJtIyUNlh9/
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 09:55 PM
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(kybourbon, you can find almost any old Fodor's post by doing a google search. I found that one with terms "paradiselost fodors forum monti" )
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 10:05 PM
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Farinata is also called torta di ceci in Livorno. The "secret" is to let it stand after mixing for at least 2 hours but also to keep it no more than a quarter of an inch thick or less in the baking pan. If you try to make a thicker torte, it won't bake through and set. You can see how thin this is:

https://www.wellme.it/dieta-e-alimen...-cucina-povera
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 10:09 PM
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vinoroma - the reason I ask about this particular street is that I think I have found a very good B&B there which also suits my budget. Would you say that the street is so unfortunate that I should think of not taking a room in that B&B? You write "remember you'll be a bit more removed from the center". Did you mean if I stay on Via Labicana? You write about atmosphere. This is of course very important to me.The question is whether I can walk out of the place on Via Labicana and then easily walk to an area close by for a meal, drinks, etc. to get "my atmosphere"?
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 11:18 PM
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Or as another option how is this street/area?
Via di San Giovanni in Laterano
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 12:38 AM
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I have already mentioned san giovanni laterano as an option / better alternative. Yes, i meant if you stay on labicana or the other streets i mentioned as alternatives, that you'll be further away from the center. But not so much that you can't walk. I just find labicana itself very drab and loud. Do have a look at google street view! If budget allows only labicana, by all means do it, there are enough nice areas you can reach on foot from there, closest being sg laterano and capo d'africa, and the monti streets and venues mentioned earlier are very close, too.
Yes, sandralist, exactly! The sitting time allows it not only to really plump up but also to ferment a bit, and max half a cm thickness helps with setting while baking.
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 12:49 AM
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Yes I saw after I posted that you had written about the san giovanni laterano street, sorry. I am indeed looking at google street view in my searches. Appreciate your input, being someone who really knows the streets. So I ask about Via del Boschetto and possible also Largo Gaetana Agnesi if you know?
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 01:13 AM
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Boschetto is perfect, gaetano agnesi is a quiet street but in the middle of the worst touristy venues.
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 01:29 AM
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Va bene!! Grazie mille!!!
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 01:32 AM
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I think I didn't cook my farinata long enough. It was as thin as the one in vinoroma's photo, but not as thin as the one in Sandralist's photo, but it wasn't as brown as either one. I did let it sit for a few hours.
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