We could not have done better than to book the Dipendenza Hotel Smeraldo for our first visit to Rome. Upon our early morning arrival at the hotel, we were met by an extremely friendly and efficient hotel staff who checked us in and provided a place for us to store our luggage until our room was ready. While waiting for our room, we made our way outside for our first exploration of the sights of the city and, after walking only a few blocks from the hotel, came into the Campo di Fiori with its brilliant flower stalls, aromatic restaurants, and inviting activity. Leaving this area, we walked a few blocks further and into the Piazza Navona with its fantastic sculpture, fountains, and restaurants. After lunch back in the Campo de Fiori, we returned to the hotel, where we and our luggage were escorted to our room, which was clean, air conditioned, bright, and equipped with all the amenities we needed. After a walk to the Trevi Fountain on our first night in Rome, we spent the next two days doing walking tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Forum, and the Pantheon. We soon discovered that all of these sights were within a fairly reasonable walking distance from our hotel. The Smeraldo’s helpful staff, attractive accommodations, rooftop deck, and tasty breakfasts all made us feel so welcome. We certainly hope to include the Smeraldo in our plans for a second visit to the Eternal City.