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Rome wasn't built in a day, and you can't see it in a day either, but we crammed in as much as we could!
My advice to anyone traveling to Italy is never, never, NEVER...do you hear me?...never rent a car. Our private tour guide, Octavio, picked us up at the ship, and he was worth every euro! There is a reason why so many race car drivers are Italian. It takes great skill and a certain amount of insanity to drive in Italy ...
... in particular...basically, the country! The highways between cities seemed fairly calm & what we are used to in the US!! Again, most towns in Tuscany would require you to leave the car on the outskirts of town. The towns are small enough though that you really don't need a car inside the town. In Sicily, it is very hard to get around the interior of the island, but I would dare drive past the outskirts of a town. We didn't do enough in the northern part of the country, ...
... Again, we couldn't have done this without our Europe Tom Tom 'katrina'.thank you Katrina!
We left our big suitcase in a storage facility in the airport, 6 eur per day so we weren't lugging it around with us and caught a taxi (50eur) straight to our accomm. Well, once again (luckily) our accomm is beautiful in a fantastic location. We've got some space, 2 rooms, kitchen and everything is clean and fresh.
We dumped our ...
... laundry, dinner, bed! The National Museum was a great way to warm up our minds to the history and Roman characters. Caesar, Augustus, Alexander the Great, Socrates, The Boxer, Aphrodite, Apollo, The Discus Thrower - just to name a few. Also on the second floor was a great display of frescoes and mosaics that once decorated the walls and floors of Roman villas. Beautiful! On to the Colosseum...we ...
... for the one day they were on strike (and it was raining) it worked out well. There is a pastry shop nearby and we frequented it often. Cheap pastries, in the afternoon they turned it into a Gelato joint, and it always was good. Unfortunately it was so good that one time we did not notice the rain clouds approaching and we had to run to our apartment in the rain. That was the day that Julie said ‘we haven’t needed an umbrella for ...
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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
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.