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The trip to Rome was exhausting... 5 hours on a ferry from Naxos to Athens, taxi from Athens port to airport, 2 hour wait at airport, 2 hour flight to Rome, 30 min train to Roma Termini station!! We arrived at around 10.30pm to such a welcome though!! Giovanna, who owned the guesthouse we stayed at, came and found us wandering in the street looking …
... was good to sit down and rest our feet for a while. We did the loop right around and ended up back at the Vatican. We thought we could just stay on the bus to get back to the train station but they said everyone had to get off and change buses which seemed a bit weird because the bus we were on drove off empty. After a while of standing and waiting in the hot sun and being hassled by people selling hat ...
... we went- through traffic, no drive zones manned by helpful police, crazy bikes and tiny streets. Luckily the look of relief from the receptionist was worth it. Getting out again was pretty tricky. At one point we were just going straight with right of way as far as we were concerned, however the cars turning left and right across our path used people power to bring us to a standstill for about 2 mins. A policeman ten metres away did nothing, I was considering getting out to ...
... but no hydrangeas like you see in the pictures. We snapped a few photos and got the heck out of there.
We went home to rest got some gelati (plural for gelato) around the corner (to compare to the joint across the street) and laid down for a bit. The gelatteria woman said we could have an extra scoop for free: Kyle got straccitella and added a scoop of snickers, Hannah got strawberry and added a scoop of lemon. We like this ...
... chilling on our terrace when these two Italian boys started calling up to us and asking us if they could come up to our room, which of course we immediately shot down. Those Italians are very forward indeed. Then they wanted us to come down to them, but we stayed in our room until we decided to go up the street and grab some gelato. We were walking back down towards the park when we saw them again. We were just sitting on some rocking ponies in the playground when 3 of them this ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bed and Breakfast Giovy Rome
Stayed in 4 bed room (1 double, 2 singles) Clean, quiet basic room with TV and fridge. Location was excellent, 2 streets across from Rome's main train station and within walking distance of major sights. Breakfast was good. What set this B&B above from other B&B's is the outstanding hospitality shown to us from Giovanna and her family. They could not do enough help us out. HINT: go across the road to Giovanna's sisters restaurant for cheap & v.good italian restaurant.
We were a group of 9 from Midwest USA. Most of us have stayed in Rome at various hotels, so we wanted a new experience with a B and B. We wanted someething a little more "homey" than a large hotel can give. Wow, did we get it.
My husband and I travelled to Rome not knowing what to expect from this BnB or the area around it. It is really close to the Termini and so a great base for travelling around Rome via metro or on bus and also for more general travel, we travelled to Naples/Pompeii and it was great that the termini could be reached so easily. The main positive aspect about Giovy's is the owner Giovanna though. She is absolutely terrific and makes you feel like you have a friend in Rome. She insists she is available at all times and greated us with a soft drink and some cake and a map showing us the main places and how to navigate around Rome. I cannot speak highly enough of her and she was friendly and helpful at all times. The rooms themselves were nice and were cleaned every day. They had smoking facilities, hairdryer and tv although it was all in Italian. The breakfast was served each day between 8 and 10 and consisted of beautiful cappucinos and also coffee or hot chocolate/tea and some toast and cakes and orange/juices. The breakfast room is quite small though and things got a little awkward if all residents descended on it at the same time. We never felt threatened when walking about the area despite it being so close to the termini. We did however find eating out quite expensive and very mixed. We ate across the street from GIovy's in her sisters place Mary Elen's one night and had a lovely meal and so being tired the following night went back there. It was without doubt one of the worse meals we ever had anywhere in our travels around the world and we were very disasppointed having had a nice one the previous night. Again, we'd just like to highly recommend Giovy's B&B and would certainly give her first priority for a return visit to Rome.
Great value for money
B&B Giovy really gives you good value for money. The standard is better than that of more expensive Rome hotels. It's also very conviniently located just a few blocks from the transportation hub of Termini Station.
Like previous reviewers have said, Giovanna is VERY helpful and friendly. Breakfast is OK with excellent coffee and if you want you can have dinner witha discount at her sister's restarurant across the street.
My only complaint would be that it was far from soundproof.
We stayed at the B&B Giovy for 3 days in January as part of a month long trip around Europe. It is very easy to get to from the train station and the hostess, Giovanna, was delighted to see us after our long train trip. After showing us to our room she got us a map and showed us where we could go for a walk at 9.00 at night, find some food and see some sights. Within 20 minutes we were standing in front of the beautifully lit up Collisseum.
A Gem of a B&B
Myself, my husband and 2 sons, aged 11 and 13, stayed here for several days in April 2005.
I did consider it a bit of a gamble to book on the net, but we definitely made a great choice.
Excellent price for a family room,newly renovated, very central location, and last, but not least, a wonderful hostess!
Giovanna (and her sister Maryelen, who has a B&B in the same block) were very helpful, and went as far as providing maps, advice, and finally, phoning a taxi for our return to Ciampino aiport.
I have recommended her to family and friends and would not hesitate to return.
We stayed in Rome for 4 days and I would highly recommend B&B Giovy. The host Giovanna (Joanna) greeted us as we arrived, she is very friendly and very accomodating. The B&B is only a 5 min walk to the main train station. Lots of places to eat around the accomodation and the laundromate is across the road. We had 4 people sharing a room and it was very spacious, the bathroom is clean and bright. The rooms are made each day. Breakfast was included in the stay. We were even given packed breakfast as we had an early departure. Security is no issue here, you need 4 keys alone to get to your room! Giovanna spent a good 30mins with us on our arrival to point us to the local attractions.