Travel Blogs from Rome
... us of St Francis' prayer and his attitude of simplicity towards life. The 2 basilicas are a contrast between this simplicitly and the industry growing around him (there even seemed to be an option of paying for pardons...) We enjoyed the impressive hilltop views of Umbria (and a great reminder for Roe of a previous holiday in Umbria with Di).
Finally to Rome and as always, a hotel outside ...
... but it was worth the time and the sore neck from looking up so much. The Sistine Chapel...you have to see it in person...postcard pictures do not do justice. Visitors are not suppose to talk out of respect...and they do a pretty good job. A person shush's over the loudspeaker...shhhh!Next we walk to St Peter's Basilica. I think I have said on ...
... stop the magnificent Colosseum, again we walked straight in past the huge lineups..nice. I think more impressive from the outside but the Romans were so smart in their building technology. Everywhere in Rome there are ancient ruins among the city buildings. It's quite surreal.
By this time it was getting very hot (35 degrees) today, and back at our hotel by 2pm for siesta time..what a great idea that is. Then at 4 we joined a walking tour with ...
... a photo up close but will definately attempt to return before we leave Rome for a photo and a wish.
We headed off up the little lane ways and found a lovely little wine bar where I ordered an ice coffee (a little different to the aussie version -see pic) and a lovely bottle of Chianti Classico and spent the next 2 hrs sipping away the arvo.
This was our first happy hour !!
... highlight of my trip standing in St Peters Basilica and Square.
The queue to get in to the Basilica was about 300+ metres and then we had to have our bags scanned!! Eventually we made it inside! The first thing we saw was the “ Pieta “ a marble sculpture that was sculpted by Michaelangelo ( no not the Ninja Turtle) of Mary holding Jesus after he was taken down from the cross. Stunning! The Basilica is incredibly grand with marble sculptures everywhere, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Giuliana Rome
The hotel Giuliana was exactly the kind of place we were wanting to stay in. The hotel isn't huge, only 11 rooms in all, but this gave the place a really homely atmosphere. From the second we arrived we were well looked after in a friendly environment. The rooms were spotless, well sized and comfortable. The location is excellent, walking distance to everything (mind the drivers though, they really are every bit as crazy as everyone says. A red light doesn't always mean they'll stop for you!)
My wife and I stayed in Hotel Giuliana for one evening during our last trip to Rome, based on a referral from the nearby Hotel Paba. The quality of the hotel was excellent, and we would definitely stay again. The hotel was centrally located just off the busy main streets, within easy walking distance to the train station, metro, and the rest of the city. While AC was extra, we didn't need it as our room opened out onto an interior courtyard, and the breeze at night through the open window was refreshing. The room was clean and well-kept, with marble floors, comfortable beds, and an extraordinarily large private bath. Breakfast was included on premises, and the proprietor was extremely helpful and personable, even sitting down at breakfast with us to talk. Overall an excellent experience!
We thoroughly agree with the other reviews here and almost gave this hotel the full five bullets. The hotel's facilities are only a year and a half old, very clean and comfortable; and while the location may not suit everyone, it is only a ten-minute walk from Piazza Repubblica and Termini, the transportation hub from which you can get anywhere in Rome by bus or subway (or in the case of the airport, by a special non-stop train). Located to the west of Termini, it is not only in one of the nicer neighborhoods but is closer to the main tourist attractions than many hotels listed in the Termini area. Our only minor quibbles are (1) we were slightly misled into believing that any room in downtown Rome could be on a quiet street--it's all relative, but we did have to keep the windows shut and the air conditioner on to shield us from the noise of even a relatively quiet street, and (2) one of the otherwise superb desk staff was a bit too eager on one occasion to assume ignorance on our part and unintentionally to be rude as we attempted to ask a question--it turned out only to be a personality quirk, and he, like the rest of the staff, was eventually quite helpful. The staff in general was very warm and personable, cheerfully accommodating all our requests for assistance with touring, transportation, and food. Most of the staff speaks such excellent English, that even though they are thoroughly Italian, they often speak to each other in English! Incidentally, we stayed at Hotel Giuliana for eight nights, a good long time to get to know a hotel. Without question, we would stay here again.
Great choice for us.
great choice for a mid priced hotel. Marble floors in large rooms and large baths with a/c, large bath and hot water. The staff is very, very freindly and quite helpful in all matters. We really appreciated the hospitality. The location was with in walking distance to most attractions and the metro and train stations very convenient. A great choice for us.
Comfortable and Friendly
Very friendly staff, nice clean rooms, larger than most, quiet and a GREAT location. We came in from the train station and walked just a few blocks to this hotel. I would definitely stay here again.
A terrific value
Just off the busy main streets Hotel Giuliana provided a comfortable room at a good price in a convienient location. I was particulary pleased with the owners Jean and Luiggi. They went the extra mile to make sure that our stay was enjoyable. I enjoyed the hotels location. It was easy to access the Termini, Metro system or just walk to most of Rome's major attractions. This was my first trip to Roma and Hotel Giuliana played a key role in the enjoyment of that trip.
The Hotel Giuliana was a great hotel for Rome. The location was wonderful. We could walk or take the Metro to everything. The owners were the most pleasant people in Rome. They were very helpful and kind.
The room (a triple) was a good size and the bathroom was large (even by American standards). We were very comfortable here and I would stay again in a heartbeat.
Convenient to sites, nice rooms, friendly staff
Hotel Giuliana isn't fancy, but is a great value in expensive Rome.
Jean and Luiggi Santacroce, the owners, couldn't be nicer and the rest of the staff is just as friendly and helpful. We like to walk, so we were able to visit most "must see" sites without resorting to subways or buses. The hotel just is just outside the rather dicey area around Termini station and just up the street from Druid's Irish Pub. The area "felt" much more comfortable than the first block or so around Termini.
Considering price and location, we felt an "excellent" rating was justified.
Loved the Hotel Guiliano
Location great, staff very friendly and helpful, rooms very clean, handy safe in room.