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... work in and the entrance from their walled living quarters, the gladiators took to enter the colosseum. The slaves used pulley systems to lift cages up to trapdoors where animals were let loose into the colosseum. The floor was wood with sand on it, this disguised the trapdoors (along with collecting the blood), so when animals entered via the trapdoor, it was in a sand storm! They were disorientated, often starved and then had this scene of ...
... and design of St Peter's Basilica is a sight to behold. But the feeling standing in the Sistene Chapel and gazing in wonder at the works of the genius Michelangelo is hard to describe.
You can't take photos in the Sistene Chapel, for the obvious reasons of protecting the frescoes and talking is also forbidden. Apparently the moisture and humidity from our breath while talking can damage the frescoes as well. This probably wouldn't be ...
... on frequency, I'd advice the bright red "hop-on, hop-off" people you see in many cities around the world. Don't let your hotel's cushy backhander arrangement steer you to the wrong operator! Anyway, we took the bus to near the Spanish Steps/Trevi Fountain and took the short walk to the Piazza di Trevi. Surprise! Yet another amazing sight in Rome. But so so crowded, and I was only able to get a couple of iPhone pics due to the temporary death of the main ...
... Teatro di Marcello and eventually back to the Ponte Palatino and home. Soon enough we were out again, with a short gelato and coffee stop (and internet fix) at 'our' cafe, before wandering around Trastevere a little more, this time on the other side of the main road. We stumbled on the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere (not too difficult: follow the crowds), and it's even more impressive than I had imagined. We'll definitely be going back during the day. Dinner was saltimbocca - ...
... one enters St. Peter's Bascilica. My only regret is that I didn't talk to a couple of my Roman Catholic friends and ask if there was something special they would like a picture of. There are just so many wonderful things to see. This church is massive! And oh so special! Humbling comes to mind. By the time I left St. Peter's my heart was full, I felt extremely blessed, and it was after 4:00. I had been on my feet since 8am and wasn't sure if I could even make it to the bus ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anfiteatro Flavio Rome
We found ourselves in a bind and had to stay overnight in Rome. Although we only stayed for one night, I must say our stay at the Anfiteatro Flavio was very pleasant. They were able to accomodate our party of 5 at last minute notice and the room was tip top! The receptionist was very helpful and very lovely. She explained everything to us and spoke very good English. We had a very comfortable stay and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in Rome. Besides being a very nice hotel, it is also a short walk to the Colleseum. Thanks Hotel Anfiteatro Flavio and keep up the great work!!
Very Nice Place to Stay
Anfiteatro Flavio is perfectly located for sightseeing, fine restaurants, and the train station. All are within walking distance. This hotel is very close to the Coliseum and is a pleasant 15 -20 min walk to the Vatican.
The staff was extremely helpful for anything we needed. They ensured that our stay was pleasant.
The room was predictably small, but tidy and the breakfast sparse but adequate.
We recommend Anfiteatro Flavio.
My fiancee stayed in this hotel during a little getaway in Rome recently and we both can only say great things about it. We were very warmly greeted upon our arrival by the hotel's welcoming and helpful staff and were treated excellent by them throughout our stay. We stayed in 2 rooms; the first smaller but absolutely sound proof and the second larger, more lavishly decorated but could hear minor, very minimal sounds from other rooms/outside. Each room had a fridge and second had a mini-kitchen. The bathrooms were simple but very efficient and clean. Beds were firm and comfortable (European style with 2 singles put together).
A Wonderful Bed and Breakfast
The Anfiteatro Flavio is a wonderful bed and breakfast. It is conveniently located within sight of the Colosseum (approximately three blocks) and a short walk (approximately two and one-half blocks) from stops for all of the major bus lines (which connect to all of the major tram lines). The two block radius surrounding the hotel is packed with restaurants, ranging from inexpensive pizzeria and gellateria to more expensive, formal restaurants, and include both Italian cuisine and ethnic restaurants (including Indian and Greek).
The staff is very friendly, helpful and efficient. The desk staff is particularly knowledgable about sites in Rome, travel throughout Rome and travel to points in Italy outside of Rome.
We can't wait to go back.
My family really enjoyed the service and support we received at Anfiteatro Flavio during our two week holiday in March, our 2 small boys ages 4 & 8 were very happy and felt like they were special guests. The housekeeping staff were just adorable to them and by the second half of our trip my 4 year old would give and recieve kisses on the cheek everytime he saw them. One of the women on the breakfast detail saved my 4 year old a chocolate roll every morning and often sent one to the room when he did not wake up in time for breakfast. My children were able to learn quite a bit of Italian as the staff took time to say things slowly and let them try to repeat it back to them. I found that most of the staff spoke enough english to help out my family members who spoke none. I was treated very respectfully throughout my entire time there and will be very happy to return soon on a more romantic trip in which I plan to bring my husband and leave my mother and children at home. I would definetly recommend this hotel to young couples with small children. Rome is a wonderful place and the locals love to see children but I would say my hotel went above and beyond to accomodate my family.
The rooms were newly renovated, the bathrooms fine, the breakfast was meager but typical of Roman continental breakfasts, most of the staff was helpful and friendly and the locations was fine for travelers on foot, virtually impossible for anyone with a car. But the inaccurate information on the hotel listed elsewhere made the reality of the overall impression of the hotel as negative. Although listed as already having an elevator on another travel site, when we got to the hotel we found that the lift was not even close to being done; the elevator shaft from the 5th floor to the basement was completely open and dangerous if one slipped or had children and the stone stairs and railings were loose or fell off in your hand. No one made any attempt to even offer to help us with our bags which meant schleping them up 5 rickety double-height, circular floors by ourselves. Our first room on the 4th floor (5th actually using the European system) was indeed newly redone and quite cheerful with a nice bath, thou we noted mold growing on the wall over the toilet. After two days, they did move us to a first floor room which was much better. However, we also noted that there were no provisions for escape from a fire in any room; in fact our first floor rear room had a mini balcony with a locked grate over the window. On the whole, the staff was very helpful, mostly young people making a start in the hotel industry or students looking for part-time work; however, the proprietress herself was less than helpful at any time; she seemed disinterested in being there or accomodating her guests in any way. We quickly learned to wait until she wasn't there to ask for anything or any help. All in all, just an OK place to stay for someone on a VERY strict budget, but only that. If you can afford anything more than a hostel in Rome, I'd look elsewhere for budget accomodations.
Great value for money
There's so many Hotels in Rome you really don't know where to start. Well, if you're after something relatively cheap (for Rome standards) then I recommend the Hotel Residence. Its in a perfect location. You can see the Colesseum from the street its in!! The staff were always very friendly. The room was looked recently renovated with great new bathroom. They are still renovating ... putting in a lift but we were on first floor so not a problem. For someone on a tight budget wanting value for money I recommend this.