I'm going to be in Rome for the first 5 days of my trip to Italy and since many folks here have been there, I was hoping to get some advice on where in the city to stay. I'm not looking for specific hostel recommendations, there are plenty of those here and in different guidebooks, but advice on geography. There appear to be plenty of options near the train station, some options more centrally located, even some options close to the Vatican. I'll be traveling by myself and I plan to hit as many of the major attractions as possible. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated
Post by pointofnoreturn on Mar 5, 2008 17:14:24 GMT -5
I stayed a few blocks near Termini and found it extremely convenient. While it may not be the best "cultural option", it was the most convenient. Easy access to metro system and of course, trains to other destinations such as Florence and Naples.
Plus, it's usually cheaper around Termini and there's a pretty decent supermarket inside the train station as well.
I haven't stayed there (I stayed in a budget hotel room nearby), but hostel Ciao Bella is probably the most convenient hostel in Rome, in terms of being both walkable to numerous sites and being near a metro stop (Barberini) and buses. But I can't recommend it one way or another. The majority of hostels are near Termini, which as PONR says, is very convenient in terms of transport, and you can walk to many places too, but it's generally a much longer walk.
Near the Vatican is a nice neighborhood, but probably not as convenient.
Post by helloworldbea on Mar 5, 2008 21:43:33 GMT -5
I also opted to stay near the termini, which was kind of the center of everything. You can get some sort of a day pass too so you can visit as the spots. I believe there are also day passes of sorts for the buses if you decide to take that mode of transportation.
Post by pointofnoreturn on Mar 5, 2008 23:21:07 GMT -5
If you're in Rome, you might want to consider buying the Roma Pass. It's really cost-efficient and includes free admission to certain sights (I think it's the first two that are free and the rest are discounted so go to the most expensive sights first). There's 3 days of free transportation on buses/metro systems included in the pass.
I would also strongly recommend using lodgings in the vicinity of Termini station. I stayed at Alessandro Palace Hostel, which was about a 5-7 minute walk from the station.
It's a very convenient location with access to not only the Metro but also tour buses and city buses. Also as PONR and David mentioned, there are some decent Supermarkets in the station, as well as a number of fast food restaurants. As I recall, there's a bit of a shopping mall in the basement level, on the way to the Metro stops. I felt it was a great location, and will definitely stay there again on my next visit.
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Post by stylescriber on Apr 1, 2008 19:57:34 GMT -5
The 'Eternal City' holds a fascination for young people, tourists, businessmen, pilgrims and anyone in search of history, art, culture, business and entertainment. This means that Rome's tourist season remains uninterrupted all year round and despite the ample choice of hotels, it is not always easy to find a room at the last minute, so make sure to book at least a couple of weeks in advance.
Another vote for the Termini area. One of the things I loved about visiting Rome was how easy I found the public transport especially the metro so staying in this area was pefect for me. I We stayed at Papa Germano's. It's a budget Hotel not a hostel (no dorms) but nice, cheap and cheerful with breakfast included.