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Trevi Fountain

Completed in 1762 to a design by Nicola Salvi, this spectacular Baroque fountain features a mythological sculptural composition of Neptune, god of the sea, flanked by two Tritons: one Triton labours to control a violent sea-horse, the other controls a pacified creature, both symbolising the dual nature of the world's oceans. The location of the Trevi fountain marks the terminus of the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct, completed in 19 BCE in order to supply the Baths of Agrippa, and is so named on account of its position at the junction of three roads (''tre vie''). The legend says that one who throws a coin in the fountain shall one day return to Rome. The coins in the fountain are regularly collected to finance charities. The fountain has been made even more famous by the 1954 film, ''Three Coins in the Fountain'', and by a famous scene in Federico Fellini's film ''La Dolce Vita''. According to popular superstition and custom, throwing coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain is a practice endowed with good luck. Throwing one coin ensures that the thrower will return to Rome; throwing two coins will ensure that the thrower will fall in love with a beautiful Roman girl (or handsome boy); throwing three coins, finally, ensures that the thrower will marry that girl or boy in Rome itself.

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Aqui, Ristorante Pizzeria

A street side restaurant with excellent food, attentive service and warm atmosphere. Eat outside or inside, depending on the weather. Try the fish fillet baked in potato which should please anyone who likes fish - it is excellent. Their marketing says they are a pub, perhaps to pull in tourists hankering after home but this is an Italian restaurant. The waiters hustle passers by into becoming satisfied diners. The white table cloths, linen and cutlery are presentable. The menu is varied and does not stress Pizza, though they do have it. There are a variety of meat and fish dishes and pasta. The house wine is modest but good value. There seems to be no wine list.



Residence At Rome

A guest house on the third floor in a residential building on Piazza Barberini, so the name holds true. No elevator available, and it's a long walk up the stairs with your luggage. There are 8 rooms with en-suite services divided in double, triple and suites, but there are no common rooms or amenities. You are paying for a room and that's all, some have complained about missing air-conditioning during the day, broken bathrooms and noise from the busy square, but it's good value for the location.


Harrys Bar

You can't visit Via Veneto and not go to Harrys Bar, immortalized in Fellinis' ''La Dolce Vita'' Harrys' is now a swanky upmarket {read expensive} bar/eatery where celebs can still be spotted. A piano bar, as of May 2007, it had a regular duet performing nightly from 9PM. Sometimes guest artists availed themselves of the piano and entertain the patrons. For example, Australian Pianist Fiona Cohn played there.

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Santa Maria della Vittoria

Now unfortunately invaded by readers of Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" this is an interesting Baroque church containing Bernini's "Ecstasy of St. Teresa". Either side of this chapel are characters in what can best be described as theatre boxes. These are members of the Cornaro family, who paid for Bernini's sculpture. (As of Feb 2015, not visible due to restoration work)

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Est! Est! Est !!!

The chefs here make a relatively small but amazingly good pizza. The calzone, one of their specialities, is excellent too. The staff speak English, and this is one of the few places where there are both plenty of tourists and very good food. Reservation is advisable. To cause confusion, there is another EST,EST,EST pizzeria in the same neighborhood.



Palazzo Massimo

A magnificent collection of ancient Roman sculptures, mosaics and wall paintings, including the famous paintings from the Imperial-era villa discovered under the Villa Farnesina, as well as the dining room from the Empress Livia's villa at Prima Porta. Located across the piazza from Termini, opposite the Baths of Diocletian.

SEE   —  +39 06 39967700 —  Map

British Embassy

At the northern end of Via XX Settembre next to the Michaelangelo-designed '''Porta Pia'''. The previous embassy had been destroyed by a terrorist bomb in 1946 and was eventually replaced by this world-renowned modern design by Sir Basil Spence. It was built on stilts so as not to interrupt the view of the garden.

SEE   —  Via XX Settembre 80


Villa Spalleti Trivelli

A splurge hotel in a quiet location. The rooms are large, with extra high ceilings, linens and bed of good quality, bath with shower and separate tub, bidet and two sinks. All the interiors are beautifully decorated, and the outside garden is perfect for a midday break. The staff is friendly and supportive.

SLEEP   —  +39 06-48907934 —  Via Piacenza 4

Alessandro Hostels

Other brach: Alessandro Downtown, Via C. Cattaneo 23. 2nd Floor, +39 06 443 40 147. All locations are 5 minutes on foot from Termini, include free breakfast, free linens, no curfew, cheap internet, video security, free pizza parties at the Palace pub, internet PCs & Wi-Fi available at both hostels.

SLEEP   —  +39 06-446-1958 —  Via Vicenza 42

Quirinal Palace

Home of the President of the Italian Republic, and the Quirinal Gardens. Built in 1573 as a papal summer residence, and has since also served as the residence for the pope and later for the king of Italy. The public are occasionally allowed in to view the gardens, but be prepared for a long queue.


Hotel Cortina Rome

Three star hotel of the central street of Via Nazionale with 14 bedrooms divided in single, double, twin, triple and quadruple with private bath (shower included). Also available two apartments located 20 metres away from the hotel. €95 for a single and 115 for a double.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4819794 —  Via Nazionale 18

Hotel I Giardini del Quirinale

Upscale B&B situated very close to Via Nazionale and the Presidential Palace of Quirinale. All the bedrooms offer internet connection, mini bar, air conditioning, telephone with direct line and LCD television. Also available private parking and continental breakfast.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 48930388 —  Via Firenze 43

M&J Place Hostel Roma

Within spitting distance of the train station. Friendly staff, reasonable dorms and nice private room. This popular hostel has a good breakfast for €3 but no lockout or curfew. Try the bar Living Room for food or nice drinks. Free Wifi, Tours, and Free Maps

SLEEP   —  +39 064462802 —  Via Solferino 9

Inn Central Rome

Besides the single, double and triple rooms, this guest house of Rome also presents a cosy independent mini apartment for four people with kitchen facilities. Alla accommodations come with private bathroom. Single room: 60 Euros. Mini apartment: 95 Euros.


Le Quattro Fontane

Four fountains from the time of Pope Sixtus V when much of Rome was redeveloped. A reclining deity is the theme of each sculpture. This is a busy intersection and if you don't look twice you may miss these exquisite examples of Roman mythology.


Residenza Frattina

A clean, quiet and small hotel. Free internet in the spacious lounge. The rooms are not too big, but really comfortable. Good continental breakfast - a buffet of juices, toast, cereal and pastries. The staff is attentive and really helpful.

SLEEP   —  +39 066783553 —  Via Frattina, 104

Hotel Quirinale

4 star hotel close to Piazza Repubblica. Style from the mid 19th Century, reasonably large rooms and high ceilings. Internet connection costs €15 for 24 hours. Service at reception can be very poor, on occasions, it is downright rude.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4707 —  Via Nazionale, 7

Santa Maria degli Angeli

This church was built inside the former baths of Diocletian. Very light and airy inside. Note the unusual art on the outside doors. Around solar noon check out the sun's image on Francesco Bianchini's meridian line inside.


Capuchin Monastery

Built after 1631, the crypt of the church contains a macabre display - a series of chapels decorated with the bones of 3700 dead friars. The bones are glued to the walls and ceilings in bizarre and striking decorations.

SEE   —  Via Veneto

Hotel Martini Rome

The Martini is a three star hotel of Rome with a large choice of bedrooms divided in single, double, triple and family; all equipped with private bathroom and bathtub. Double rooms: 160 Euros with included breakfast.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4880994 —  Via Nazionale, 18

St Paul's Within the Walls

More modern than most Roman churches: it was not started until 1873. This is Rome’s Episcopalian church. Some very interesting artwork, particularly the mosaics by Edward Burne-Jones of the Pre-Raphaelite school.

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69 Manin Street B&B Rome

Cosy Bed and Breakfast of the historic centre of Rome with double, twin triple and quadruple rooms. Toilette with shower and breakfast included. €140 for a double. Same price for a double for single use.


Palazzo Barberini

This remarkable building, designed partly by Bernini, houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art, and includes some famous paintings by Filippo Lippi and Caravaggio as well as Raphael's "La Fornarina".


Target Inn

A town house with 5 classic rooms, 1 deluxe and 1 suite, which can host up to four people. Modern facilities (plasma TV, internet ADSL), car parking, free breakfast, private bath and Jacuzzi bathtub.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4745399 —  Via Modena 5

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Rotating exhibitions, usually three at one time. Exhibition descriptions normally provided in both Italian and English. Avoid Sunday morning, when the Romans go, as queues to get in can be long.

DO   —  Via Nazionale 194

Hotel Malu Rome

Comfortable one star hotel of Rome with three double for single use and nine twin and double rooms. All with private bath. The price for a dus goes for €50-120, for a double/twin €60-150.


Freedom Traveller Hostel

A four-minute walk from the central train station, this hostel has adequate dorms, some have nice balconies. Kitchens and communal areas. No curfew, but lockout from 11.00 - 15.00.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 47823862 —  Via Gaeta 25

Relais Trevi 41 Rome

The Relais Trevi 41 is a guest house with double and twin bedrooms. All with private bath and shower whirlpool. Double with breakfast included €200, double with no breakfast €190.


Dagnino Tea Room, Galleria

If you haven't tried a "Cannolo" or a "Cassatina" then get one here, they are simply great. Don't sit at the tables (it's pretty expensive) just take them away. Good pastries too.


B&B Trevi Rome

The Trevi Rome is a bed and breakfast with 14 guest rooms divided in double and twin, standard and superior. A third bed available if needed. Rate for a double room €120.


Hotel Bed in Roma

8 guest rooms which can be booked as single, double, twin, triple and family. All with en-suite services and shower. Special discounts with the local bars for breakfast.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 89687664 —  Via dei Mille 64

Magnifico Hotel Rome

Budget accommodation with six bedrooms divided in single, double, quadruple and suites. All with private bath and modern facilities. Double: €130. Breakfast included.


Hotel Romanico Palace

A four stars hotel with 64 rooms divided between six floors, on the 7th floor there is a nice 360 degrees panoramic terrace with good views of historical center.


Hotel Rubino Rome

Cheap and cheerful low budget hotel right in the centre of Rome near the train station and public transport, caters mainly to young people. Clean and secure.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4452323 —  Via Milazzo 3

Hotel Sonya

The Hotel Sonya is a three star hotel in the centre of Rome, situated a few minutes away from Rome Termini Station and in front of the Opera House.


Domus Castrense Guest House Rome

Single, double and triple bedrooms with private bath, TV LCD, breakfast, internet connection, telephone and mini bar for this guest house of Rome.


Art and Relax Suites Rome

The Art and Relax Suites is a cosy bed and breakfast of Rome with 6 double bedrooms with private en-suite services, shower and breakfast.


Independence Square Inn

Family run guesthouse, single, double/twin, triple or quad room with private or shared bathroom. Breakfast, LCD tv, A/C. Price from 40€


Alex Inn

Small guest house in the centre of Rome near Via Veneto. Relatively new and pretty good facilities, and a small terrace off each room.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 97273360 —  Via Emilia 47

Hotel Indipendenza Rome

3 star hotel. Single, double, twin, triple and family rooms available. All with en-suites services, LCD TV and free internet access.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 44362204 —  Via Magenta 13

Il Gelato di San Crispino

Considered one of the best ice creams in Rome. Check out the meringue ice creams and the fruit sorbets according to the season.


Hostel Papa Germano

Near the station. Free internet, sat TV, minifridge, telephone, air conditioning, free maps, no curfew, credit cards accepted.


Aurelian walls

Remains of city walls built between 271 and 275 enclosing all seven hills of Rome, Campus Martius and the Trastevere district.

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Hotel Atlantico

A four-star hotel in a 1912 building on the highest of Rome's seven hills, the Esquilino, giving it good views of the city.

SLEEP   —  +39 06-485951 —  Via Cavour, 23

Castroni

Coffee bar upstairs, delicatessen downstairs. Stocks all sorts of imported food products to satisfy the homesick traveller.


La Piccola Maison

Guest House located in Via Veneto. Rooms with international channels, air conditioning, wifi, minifridge and telephone.


Hotel Esposizione

Hotel 3 Stars in the centre of Rome near Termini Station in front of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, exhibition center.


Hotel Cortorillo Rome

Two star hotel with 14 bedrooms divided in single, double and triple, and a single family room with four beds.


Stargate Hostel

Hostel situated 5 minutes away by foot from the termini central station, near the Castro Pretorio metro stop.

SLEEP   —  +39 064457164 —  Via Palestro 88

Scuderie del Quirinale

Former stables of the Quirinal Palace, now an exhibition centre that usually hosts some excellent art shows.


al Piccolo Arancino

Small restaurant with a lot of Italian guests (but they are tourists, not romans...) and moderate prices.


Evergreen B&B

No curfew, no lock-out. Towels and bed linen included. Daily room cleaning. English and Italian spoken.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 44363186 —  Via Milazzo 23

Hotel Bernini Bristol

Near the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. All rooms come with an LCD flat-screen TV and WiFi access.


Al Viminale Hill & Hotel

3-star hotel on Colle Viminale near Termini Station. Offers its guests 15 rooms with Jacuzzi tub.


Holiday Rome B&B

Bed & Breakfast near Termini. Three rooms with private bathrooms and an air-conditioning system.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 4453024 —  Via Palestro, 49

Rome's National Museum at the Baths of Diocletian

On the site of the Roman baths this museum houses an enormous collection of statues, etc.


San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

A very small and beautiful church, the first design commission of Francesco Borromini.


Nuovo Hotel Quattro Fontane

A 3-star hotel housed in an entirely renovated 18th-century palace.


Piazza Barberini

With Bernini's famous Triton Fountain. Via Veneto starts here too.

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Gelateria Blue Ice

An excellen ice-cream, one minute walk from Fontana di Trevi


Hotel Victoria Roma

4 star hotel close to Via Veneto.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 423701 —  Via Campania, 41

Il Pavone Restaurant

Restaurant in the centre of Rome


Ambasciatori Palace Hotel

Prestigious five star hotel.

SLEEP   —  +39 06 06 47493 —  Via Veneto, 62


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