First of all the hotel staff are extremely polite and friendly. Look up their website and email them regarding a taxi transfer. A private taxi driver arranged by the hotel will meet you and will cost you 55euros from Fiumancino. These are each way prices. If there are 4 of you this is the quickest and best way to get from the airport. The train I believe is about 15euro each and the bus is about 6 euros each, but we couldn't be bothered with the hassle of queing for the bus and then walking (albeit a short walk from the bus terminal). Hotel is perfectly placed to see everything. Close to the bus/train terminal. Close to the Basillica de Santa Maria and the Kings Palace, both very impressive. The rooms are small but clean and have everything you need for a short stay including free wifi, mini bar and hairdryers. THE BEDS ARE FABULOUS, ADJUSTABLE WITH MASSAGE and MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES AND PILLOWS - SPOTLESS! Rooms have aircon and use this rather than an open window at night as being in the centre the traffic noise is loud, window closed blocks this out completely though. Perfect location for loads of good restaurants nearby. Breakfast was continental, toast, crossants, pastrys, fruit, cereal, juices, meats, cheese, scramble eggs, bacon, basic but adequate. Book an open top bus tour to see everything quickly the hop on hop off one for 3 days was 30 euros each but its a great way to see everything. You can walk to the Colosseum from hotel about 20 mins, get a guide, we did a night guide for 20 euros each, it was fantastic, would like to do a day visit next time. The walks to most of the major sights were 20-30 mins. The Vatican a little further. The hop on hop off bus drops you near each of the sights though, we used City tours. Taxi's to the Vatican from the hotel about 10 euros. Agree the price up front. We got in a cab from the Colosseum back to the hotel and he wanted to charge us 18 euros so we all got back out again, a man watching us said he had just done the same thing with the same driver so check the price and don't get ripped off. Colosseum back to the hotel again about 8-10 euros. If you can afford it, it is a MUST to get a guided tour at the vatican, as it avoids a 2-3 hour queue and give you information you would never have known. Its 48euros and the company we used were fab What a Life Tours. After the tour, You must sit down and have a rest and then climb to the top of the dome on top of the vatican for fabulous views of the whole of Rome its 7 euros, lift for first 200 steps then walk 320 steps, difficult but well worth it! Trevi fountain a must, free to see apart from your coin you will want to flip in, its very busy around that area, great restaurants around there, Pantheon a must and is free. Beware the roman gladiators you see dressed up are there to charge you 5 euros each for a picture, if there are 2 of them they charge you 5 euros each! don't get ripped off. Some only charge 2 euros. All the churches are fabulous and free to enter but like a donation. Spanish Steps free to see. For something a little fabulous for your evening meal location wise - Try the roof garden restaurant and terrace at the hotel forum. Expensive but lovely, especially the corner table, you will need to book though and they don't open Sundays, sadly we couldn't get booked in but looked great will do next time. If you have 3 days 4 nights you will get to see most things, if you pack in your day and are prepared to do loads of walking, comfy shoes a must. If you have longer you will find time to leisurely walk down all the fabulous side streets and enjoy the ambience of Rome, little tucked away bars and restaurant and little gems. Saturday evening the areas surrounding the hotel are buzzing with people sitting outside by fountains drinking and chatting. You can eat on a budget with pizza's and pasta from about 9 euros, House wine is generally 12-14 euros a bottle. However if you want to go our drinking then be prepared to spend alot of money. Rome we loved you and we would definetely go back and would be more than happy to stay at this hotel. Only one complaint about Rome and that is the amount of "looky looky" men selling stuff. Why would we want to go to Rome and buy and African carving or dish from Somalians! In Africa yes. Although I have to say I liked the look of many of the fake designer bags that were being sold by the street traders (sadly I can't afford the real thing) although I didn't buy any as had no luggage space, however did watch and listen alot and again if you do buy, haggle and don't take first price, I reckon you can get these for about 15/20euros each. Loads of beggars, watch them before you give money, they hunch over and pretend they can't walk and then once they have the money they straighten up and walk away perfectly well. Also watch your pockets, money and possessions, like any major city pick pockets everywhere. As city breaks go, this is now one of my favourites. We had fab weather with just one night and morning of rain, I would imagine a weekend of rain could have dampened our spirits but you can't account for the weather. LOVE ROME HOPE YOU DO TOO
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