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... of the Four Rivers a the Piazza Navona, and a bunch of different churches along the way. This is also when I had my first experience with GELATTO (or gelatti in Italian). I will never feel the same about ice cream ever again, gelatto is 1000000 times better and is so much more flavorful than ice cream. (We also got gelatto at the same place President Obama did on his first trip to Italy!) After a short break we decided to split up and do whatever we wanted for the ...
... some equipment about in the square. He looks at me, looks to the big bike bag, and smiles. He gestures over to the forklift on the front of the tractor, chuckling away. I laugh, pretending to throw the bag on and he motions again – he isn’t kidding! He says the name of the hotel, the other bags go on too, and off we go, Andy and I trailing along behind the tractor as it winds it’s way through the narrow streets till we reach one too narrow to fit. He points down ...
... pizza, it wasnt great, pretty bland, but the food got better later in the weekend. After our tour, we went to the Trevi Fountain and I threw my coin in. The first coin you throw is so that you will come back to Rome, and the second is for making a wish. We had some amazing gelato at a cute homemade place and then we went to bed, we all liked sleeping in for an extra hour because of Daylights Savings. The next day, it is off to another country... Vatican City. :)
... catching up, I'll have clean clothes, progress made on my engineering application, and hopefully sleep too!
Basically, we saw the Roman Forum today and I finally used sunscreen and also finally got tanner. We have another tour tomorrow and I really want to sleep (I ended up taking a nap earlier) partly because I'm still full from ...
... rest of the night. Once we let the drinks flow and little bit we went out to the main square where most of the bars are located. Not too much happened that night. My friend George got his sandwich slapped out of his hand by a man demanding that he feed it to his dog. WHAT? Who does that? George is a big guy but he called me up to come fight this guy. Even though I resemble and Ox and have guns the size of those used in WWII I had ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Visconti Palace Rome
Visconit Palace - Excellent Value
Good value, away from the centre over River but only 10 mins from Spanish Steps and 15 from the Vatican which is good for an early start to be near the front of the queue.
Reception nicely done, toilets immaculate. Bar staff typically Italian but you are in Rome!! -
Rooms good size, clean but not much of a view.
Would stay here again - good experience.
Good location & Reasonably priced
We stayed at this hotel last week. It was not the most attractive building from the outside but very well decorated on the inside.
Location was good..Costs about 50 Euro from airport... walked a plenty around without any trouble. Good stroll to the Vatican city, piazza navona and castel sante angelo. Few nice restaurants nearby.
Staff in the hotel not the most friendly but helpful when called upon. At first we were tossed between check in desks because there is no sign to know which is the desk for information and which is for check in.
Room was average size but clean. Bathroom was clean and decent. There was a nice walk in wardrobe area in our double room which was good.Word of advice if the room faces the street area or above the dustbin collecting area then you will hear everything so make sure u avoid those rooms!. TV viewing not too good as channels all non english except pay channels,CNN and BBC world.
Breakfast was good. Open from 6.30 - 10.30am so plenty of time to stroll to the lower floor and get the basics. Dont expect too much here though..its very very simple.
Overall i do recommend this hotel since it was very reasonably priced, clean and in a good safe location.
My wife and I stayed at the Visconti 24-27th Feb 2005 after reading many, many reviews of other hotels in Rome. It looked like the best deal and after paying around £75 per room per night (inc breakfast) we were not disappointed.
We arrived at the Termini Train Station late at night (00:45) and took a taxi from there to the hotel. (cost 12.5 euros including the late night charge)
At this time of night I really would recommend using a taxi as its just not worth the possible trouble you could meet up with....your 'inner voice' will advise you of this when you walk out of the train station...listen to it !!!
The reviews on the hotel that we have read on tripfinder were a good reflection on what we actually found. (the staff are not rude though, just not as helpfull as in the USA)
All the major attractions are within walking distance and the hotel is easy to find again. (just off Piazza Cavour)
Would we stay there again? Yes, you will need to go a long way to find this kind of value in Central Rome. If you get the right price, book it.
Modern and Clean
Hotel was modern and clean, and within walking distance, although a long walk, from most tourist points. Several nice restaurants in area. Beds comfortable, rooms large. Only complaint was staff was a bit "uppity".
The Visconti Palace was very nice and very clean. The Staff was another thing. They were rude,and if you didn't speak Italian,they were not very helpful. We liked to sit in the courtyard in the evening, and the bartender never asked if we wanted anything, or acknowledged we were even there. You would have to go inside and order, and he acted as if he was doing you a favor. It was a nice hotel, even though we didn'feel very welcome.Would not stay there again.
Modern, clean, good location, but a bit stuffy & spendy.
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights in September 2004 and found it to be a very nice (swanky) place. You get what you pay for at Visconti Palace. We paid a lot of money to stay there, and felt like we were surrounded by the upper class tourist. The hotel is beautiful and very modern. The staff was a bit cold in personality, but were willing to help you if you needed it. The location is close to the Vatican & a close walk to Piazza Navona (which is the neatest square to visit in Rome, full of artists, musicians & restaurants). We always felt safe, and the street was quiet, so we weren't bothered by any noise. The breakfast is included, and found it to be the typical European breakfast of breads, meats & cheeses. They do make a great espresso though! I think that you could get a great place for half the price, but if you want to splurge a little, then check this place out!
Good location. Nice hotel.
We wanted a hotel that was affordable yet in a good location. This fitted the bill exactly. Very handy location and we always walked to the sites directly from our hotel. It is right by the river so a walk along the banks every day was superb.
The hotel was clean and decent quality. Not fantastic, but then you are paying less than the 5* places. Breakfast was a buffet on the lower ground floor and was fine but didnt offer an English breakfast.
I would recommend staying here if you are looking for a good loction and adequate facilities.
Also of general note. I recommend coming with a good guidebook that has all the details on the sites you visit. There seemed to be a real lack of any descriptions or plaques on walls describing what anything was. This was the case throughout Rome.
Luckily we had three books, but it was still a real effort identifying monuments especially on Palatine Hill.
Visconti Palace Hotel - Very good
I reserved two rooms at the Visconti Palace Hotel in June 2001 for myself, husband, and son in a triple room while my parents were in a double room.
Imagine my pleasant surprise upon checkin: they assigned not a triple room but a jr. suite instead. It was spacious enough with a living room with pull out sofabed, minibar, 2 TV's, master bedroom, and good sized marble bathroom with a tub/shower combination (and a shower curtain!), large marble sink, and a bidet.
The double room my parents had was much smaller than the jr. suite, of course, but it was a good size enough.
Everything about the hotel was good including location as you can walk across the Tiber to Piazza del Poppolo and Piazza Navona quite easily. Only a couple of trivial things could be better: the windows are not double-paned and our room faced the street, thus, we could hear street noises. Also it was a bit irksome at breakfast that the staff didn't allow us to sit at any table although it was a buffet-style breakfast. Plus they were not so friendly.
Great place ... highly recommended
I took a 2-week vacation to Italy and visiting multiple cities staying at various hotels. Of the 5 that I stayed at, Visconti Palace was the best of them all.
Although the room might be a bit small, however most of the hotel rooms in Italy are of similar size. The hotel interior is modernly decorated so are the rooms. They are new, clean and well equipped. The front desk is helpful and the included breakfast offers varieties of food. The waiters are friendly and attentive to your needs.
Overall, it provided us a comfortable stay and I would recommend it to anyone who might be visiting Rome.
I stayed at the Visconti Palace four nights back in '98. It is truly a 4star hotel with a very good breakfast and excellent concierges. The location was the best being walking distance from St. Peter's Square and Castelo Sant Angelo. At the same time it was on a side street out of the hustle and bustle allowing for quite and rest. We took daily tours (recommended by the concierge) with Carrani Tours. These were inexpensive, although very general. Great for newcomers that don't won't have a lot of time in Rome (it is a big city!!!)