Rome-area to stay if walkng problem

Jun 27th, 2003, 05:05 AM
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Rome-area to stay if walkng problem

My husband has MS and can only walk a few blocks without tiring. It's our first time in Rome, and I'm looking for the best area to stay where we can at least see some sites by just walking a few blocks from our lodging. We'll cab it for the rest. Some areas that looked good were Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and the Pantheon. Any recommendations from the Rome experts? I'll then look for lodging in the 80-120 Euro range for Nov. Much thanks.
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Jun 27th, 2003, 06:33 AM
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All the areas you mention would be a good central choice but my preference would be the area around the Pantheon. There, you are within a few blocks of Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and Campo di Fiore and just two short blocks from the bus/tram stop at Largo Argentina. Also, the streets around the Pantheon were given smooth walking paths for the Jubilee in 2000 so they are easier to navigate than the cobblestones that still are around the Campo di Fiore neighborhood.
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Jun 27th, 2003, 08:09 AM
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I second that opinion. If you and your husband never even left the area around the Pantheon I think you would still have a lovely time in Rome.

Have a great trip!
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Jun 27th, 2003, 05:20 PM
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Jun 27th, 2003, 05:48 PM
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The Piazza Navona-Pantheon area is where you need to stay. Hotel Genio has a great location (Via Zanardelli), if you turn right as you exit the hotel, you are two blocks from Piazza Navona, if you turn left, you are about 15 minute walk to the Vatican, with a nice park mid-way right across from the Palace of Justice.
 
Jun 27th, 2003, 05:49 PM
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Thank you for all of your advice. It's much appreciated.
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Jun 27th, 2003, 11:04 PM
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Good advice about the Pantheon area. We liked the Albergo Santa Chiara.

I would add that you'd be best to take a taxi to the Vatican, though.

Generally, taxi's can be a little hard to catch in Rome, but we found we could always get one at the Pantheon and at the front of hotels, moreso than just catching one on the street.

From your area you can also take a taxi to the area of Piazza Venezia/Campidoglio/Roman Forum and then also to the Piazza Di Spagna.

You'll find a nice subway link directly between the Piazza Di Spagna and the Colosseum as well.

Finally, I would recommend the Ciao Roma Trolley tour to you. It is a bus tour with head-set recorded commentary. But it's only about 1 and 1/2 hours for the entire circuit so it's not as consuming, nor as expensive as the American express tours that last 4 hours. You can hop on and off. It's really a very nice orientation to the city and will enable you to get a feel for such areas as the Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese Park without doing much walking at all.

Buon Viaggio
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Jun 28th, 2003, 08:36 AM
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I agree that the location near Pantheon Square is very convenient with lots of good restaurants and cafes close by. In adddition to the Pantheon, you can visit several churches including Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, a gothic marvel, and you are close to Piazza Navona.
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