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... into the past, the ground level of the ancient forum being roughly 25ft below the modern street level. It's a history lover's paradise. However, by the time we reached here, the sun had begun to take its toll, so we retreated back to the hotel for a siesta. On the way back, we stopped at Ginger, an organic juice bar/restaurant. We were stunned by the quality of food...one of the best meals I've ever enjoyed. We started off ...
... around the stalls of the now vacant morning market. The ball gets away from them, and a young boy cries out “Alla senora!”.
It’s up to me now. The boys expect me to pass the ball back; they're counting on it. I walked all morning and minutes before had complained to my husband about how sore I felt. But the Italian boy called out to me, “Alla senora!”. What ...
... of spec. Later in the day we found some olives and fresh bread to accompany our meal, oh yeah and some vino.
We took our produce back to our apartment and then decided to take the 40 minute trek to check out the Spanish Steps. Along the way we passed many amazing shops, stopping here and there to purchase a few souvenirs or take a photo of a stunning building,beautiful balcony or retro vespa. Our stroll to ...
... so huge and beautiful above the alter. There are so many chapels coming off the sides, each decorated with paintings and statues and the floor is made up of massive slabs of coloured stone. It really is quite amazing. It was getting late, so we got the train back to camp and went to the camp restaurant to have some dinner. The food wasn't amazing but it was nice to not have to cook! Afterwards we both just went to bed. ...
... that spoke English and did tours through the Vatican and if we wanted to was willing to guide us ....with this we said yes and she rang her friend for us ...we exchanged details and arranged to contact at 2pm to see if she could arrange for a tour of the Vatican museum and Sistine chapel for that evening ( Friday as it was now open Friday nights and not many people where aware of this ..we tried many times o contact Gioglia without ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Columbia Rome
Would never stay here again.
There are three positive things about this place, which stop me from giving it a rating of terrible.
First, it has a good location. Second, it has better than average breakfast (for Italy) and third, it has a lovely and friendly staff. The hotel itself is greatly lacking. The worse problem is the noise. The rooms must have walls and ceilings of paper. You hear every walk, every word, every creak, all the time. Its incredibly hard to get any rest.
The second problem is that it is not very clean. The carpets are old, worn and dirty, the bed comforter left much to be desired. The shower stall drain was plugged. I do not recommend this hotel. Go down the street on block and pay LESS to stay at the wonderful LIRICO
Convenient And Surprising
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay near the train station, give this place a try. We stayed at the hotel on May 28 and 29. The rooms are small and a bit austere but the showers are great and the air conditioning is excellent! The staff is multi-lingual and very helpful. When Katrina (I hope I've got your name right) found out that we were leaving at 5:30 AM, she packed a take away breakfast for us the night before - a very nice and unexpected gesture.
The hotel is very convenient for touring the Colosseum and the Forum. The hotel also has a nice roof top garden area where you can have a drink and some snacks. We had a very nice late night bottle of wine there and enjoyed the early summer evening weather.
The hotel is about 3 blocks from the train station and, at 150 euros per night, a good value in central Rome. Not a lot of "old world charm" in the building but a great staff and a pleasant and quiet place to sleep.