This was a nice quiet hotel in an area of Rome called Trastevere. Since this was our first trip to Rome I'll include lots of info that I wish I would have had.
The hotel is very clean... and classic European style. Nice room and the staff is excellent. Thanks! They know the city well and will try to accommodate anything you ask.
It's located in a cool area of Rome across the river that's less touristy but has some of the best restaurants. Prices are lower since it's not so touristy. A nice place to be for nightlife and there's a peaceful piazza, and St. Marie de Trastevere church. It's a cool place to get cappuccino and gelato (which we had every day). Also nice is a grocery store a couple of blocks down where you can get water and food instead of getting it in restaurants. Saves a lot of money (.50 euro compared to 2-3 euro).
Rome is relatively small compared to any US city. If you like walking you can pretty much walk anywhere - we walked a ton. But there is a tram that is right in front of the hotel. It's like an electric car on rails... that just goes down one street and takes you into the city area. From there you can walk anywhere. You can buy a transportation card but from what I noticed no one even checks tickets in Rome. So you could theoretically go through the city without having to pay a dime. But we bought the week pass to be legit.
Getting to the hotel is easy and cheap. 11 euro gets you two tickets using the FR1 train to Roma Trastevere stop. Then take the tram two stops and you're at the hotel. Directions on their website help.
The Vatican Museo was by far the best. Get a tour guide definitely. We chose Presto tours which was awesome. They guy knew everything and it made the Vatican more interesting. Plus you get to avoid the huge line. Although February had less tourists and since the euro was so high... there still was a TON of people. I would also recommend a tour for Foro Romona and Coliseum. We didn't get one but probably would have made it more intersting.
Pizza is good ANYWHERE. Just varies in price depending where you are. The house wines are excellent and cheap. They charge your for bread so sometime if you don't want it tell them. Otherwise it's like 2 euro's for bread. That's something we couldnt' get used to...since it comes with the meal in the U.S. There was an excellent restaurant called L'orange right next to the hotel so that was nice. Also a restuarant called Le Fate. The waiter could speak Enlgish so that helped. The seafood is not so good in Rome but maybe that's just us. They salt the fish and the shrimp is tiny. We just stuck with Pasta. Itialians eat multiple courses so on the menu the first course is the pasta dish and the second course is the meat dish. We normally just got appetizer and pasta...otherwise it would get too expensive. Also they eat SUPER late like 9-10 PM is when the restuarants start getting crowded.
Well that's it. Rome is an cool place! We loved it. Trilussa Palace hotel is a really cool place to stay if you like to be adventurous and be part of the culuture it's the place to be. You won't get lost with Sergio either! Thanks!
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