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We started our day with breakfast before heading on our Rome tour. Our first stop was Vatican City and St. Peter's basilica which was absolutely BREATHTAKING. We then headed to The Roman Forum, again breathtaking. The tour ended outside the Coliseum then Tori and I headed for lunch. We searched streets for a place that looked like locals would go for a good pizza.
After lunch we went back to the coliseum to go inside using our Roma Pass ( ...
... our feet. Here are some that we saw (we started too late to fit much in.. all the big monuments close at 4 in Rome): some roman baths, Circus Maxximus, Roman ruins, etc;
Check out the photos, they describe themselves much better than my mere words ...
... that with our tickets we would see the museum and the Sistine Chapel but would have to stand in the slow-moving unbelievably long line to enter St. Peter's, unless, of course, we joined his tour. I resisted once, but he was persistent about avoiding the long snaking lines. OK, so we drank the Kool-Aid. We were handed head-sets and hooked up with our assigned group and guide. She kept us hanging around the entrance telling background stories for nearly half ...
We started out going to the Pantheon, which is about a 5 minute walk from our apartment.
Davis hurt his foot on our d-day beach tour in France, so he is gimpy. If I was home I probably would've taken him for an x-ray, but I don't know where to take him here, so we are treating it as a bruise - ice, Tylenol, but no rest..... anyway, he got huffy and decided to head back to ...
... with 3 other tourists. A couple from Germany along with a lady traveling on her own from South Australia who was also going to be doing a tour with Cosmos through Italy.The journey from the airport was great to start with, then got hairier and hairier as we got closer to the city. It appears to be every man for himself on the roads. There are a huge amount of bikes (vespa's) and generally only small cars (smart cars) and the idea is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Maryelen Rome
Great location to explore Roma
Loredana runs a very clean and efficient BnB. Some aspects are a bit minimal such as the very small bathroom in our room and there being no lounge area. While she is a very gracious host, breakfast is limited to corn flakes or plastic wrapped croissants with your cafe.
All the same, a great location to explore Roma, just walk to the wonders of Roma then get the Number 40 bus home when your feet cry enough! Use the bus service and avoid the dirty metro where possible. Purchase and handful of tickets from the tobacconist each day so there is no hunting for a ticket seller 'down town' when you're tired. The same tickets can be used on the metro.
When you're done in Roma simply walk up to the train station, purchase your ticket from the kiosk and wisk off to your next location. Do visit provincial Italy at least for a few days - it's a wonderful experience.
Note, Roma is not like Paris or London, it's quite scruffy and many of the tourist sights are poorly presented.
Loved the Maryellen B&B
My husband & I enjoyed our stay at the Maryellen. The room was nice, modern, & very clean, while in keeping with the charm of a Roman neighborhood. Although the street is a bit littered (as is the majority of old Rome)it was a good location for public transport.,& walking distance to many sights.It was a pleasure to know the very kind & helpful innkeepers and we felt like one of the family.
"What a wonderful B&B!!!"
I can't begin to tell you all the things I loved about this place. Loredana was by far the highlight! From the moment I booked the room, she was super helpful & friendly, and that continued throughout our stay.
My partner & I stayed there for 2 nights on the tail end of our 2 week European vacation, so we were tired & wanting something easy & close to everything. We were so glad to have booked at MaryElen B&B!! We arrived at night and were warmly greeted by Loredana. She gave us these awesome maps of Rome, which helped us navigate the city. Loredana and her daughters served a good breakfast of espresso, toast, and cereal before we started out on our day in Rome.
The location of the B&B was awesome. It was a 3 block walk from the train station & close to any kind of public transit we wanted. We came back at night each night we were there and felt perfectly safe!! For anyone wanting good ol' American food, the McDonald's is right around the corner from the B&B, as is a grocery store, ATM, souvenir shops ... pretty much anything you want. The rooms were cleaned every day, and our room had a spectacular balcony, which we loved!
I would highly, highly recommend this place. It totally lived up to the reviews given on TripAdvisor.com, and Loredana herself exceeded what I was expecting. Very friendly, centrally located, very safe location. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
-Laura & Kellie
The Maryelen Oasis
This family B & B is in a very quiet street a short walk from the terminal. You will be greeted by Loredana your host, she will make you feel very welcome and will offer you good advice on where to go and how best to get there. she directed us to the supermarket which is the cheapest place for food and presents such as local wine and confectionery.these goodies are much cheaper than anywere in the city and the airport.
You will find your room to be very clean and functional, Loredana has provided everything you need including a 'hairdryer'. Breakfast is basic but you will be offered as many slices of toast as you can eat and your coffee will be refilled when ever you wish.
There are many restaurants, a 5 min walk away the best being the' L' Angolo di Napoli ' which is situated on Via Agostino Depretis. You can eat a three course meal here for as little as 15 Euros per head. The food is what you would expect to be eating in the capital city of Italy. Do order the Tiramasu as it is the best I have ever eaten!!
We will be staying again as this B & B was so comfortable and in such a good location. The best asset this B & B has to offer is Loredana she is a gem.
A nice b&b in a very convenient location..near the termini
Loredana is friendly and helpful
Rooms are good bathrooms are small but clean
The only negative is the air conditioning which they keep at a standard temp and we felt warm in the room [ on venere they advertise individually controlled a/c which is not the case] it was very hot in june and better a/c would have helped a lot
Loredanas husband very helpful..he helped us find the car park and took us there
Can recommend if ure not bothered about the A/C
We are just back from a trip to Rome and Florence. MaryElen B&B was the first hotel we stayed in. We booked through venere.com. It is very close to the Termini (under a 5 minute walk, with suitcases), and Loredana had emailed great directions to us before we left the US. It's proximity to the Termini station meant we didn't have to use taxis at all during our stay in Rome -- there is a Metro stop at the Termini (one Euro per trip), as well as the airport express (9.50 Euros one way), and trains all around Italy. The food wasn't bad at the Termini cafe either! I was a little concerned about the Termini area, but we felt quite safe at all times of the day and night when walking around. There are three locked doors to enter before you reach your room too. The room fridge was great, and there is a supermarket very close by. Loredana gave us a map and showed us the major sites when we arrived. Breakfast was "euro-style": rolls, cake, corn flakes, toast, juice and fantastic coffee. Big room, small bathroom. Our courtyard facing room was lovely. Very hospitable and helpful folks. Compared to our other accomodations, good to average value for money.
This spotlessly clean B&B and has a great location close to the Termini train station, but it is quiet. Also on that block among other businesses are a laundry/Internet combination, a fine and affordable Indian restaurant and a place with a Pizza Rustica sign, which has wonderful barbecued chicken and tasty meat pies. Around a corner and toward the Termini is a large enough supermarket with a good selection of cheese, sandwich meats and wine.
There is a place two blocks down that sells great whole wheat buns for sandwiches. In the very unlikely event that a person did not like Maryelen's, without looking hard I counted 7 hotels on our block alone.
We enjoyed chatting with other travelers then and the place lends itself to a sociable feeling. We had a fridge in our room, but it is cleverly camouflaged as part of the table. So, we only became aware of it when I asked to use the B&B fridge for sandwich meats. There is also an emergency cord in the bath room to pull, but we only found out what it was by pulling on it and having Maryelen show up. She could have told us more when she showed us the room, but she is a very warm, friendly and helpful person.