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... of San Clemente. I had never heard of him, and the Basilica certainly wasn't on my hit list, but again this visit was fascinating. The Basilica like all the churches we have seen, is beautifully decorated, but it's when you go underground that is probably the most interesting. The current Basilica is the 4th building to be built on the site on top of a previous Basilica. When you go underground you can visit the previous church, which is still ...
... still retains some sort of dignity for a church just by the sheer size of it all. You don’t notice the tourists (me included) simply because they are so insignificant! The marble statues, the patterned floors, the gold gilded ceiling, the beams of light shining through…just go there and soak it in, they sure as hell don’t make anything like this anymore. I think it’s because these days it’s all about the architecture and ...
... one of the Barbarini (?) children's skeletons is arrayed on the ceiling, holding a sickle made of bones and representing the angel of death, which, incidentally was not traditionally seen as grim and frightful, but rather as the helper that accompanies you when the inevitable comes. Bones of Capucins no "longer whinnying with us" decorate the walls. In another room, vertebrae create a morbid chandelier. Semi-mummified monks attired ...
... out - just in case we needed to call and find Catia. As i pulled the phone out, I got a call from Catia's son; telling me his mother is on the square looking for us. I got no more than 2 steps and up walks Catia, arms outstretched greeting me with a BIG warm hug. I was delighted! She is BEAUTIFUL! Her husband is quite handsome, and truly a mans man. I can't believe I've forgotten his name. Shame on me!
We found a cafe got ...
... Another wonderful sight. Then a short walk to the Holy Stair case - the staircase that Jesus walked up in Jerusalem for sentencing by Pontus Pilate. These steps were bought to Rome by Saint Helena. These steps you can only walk up on your knees - certainly out of the question for me. There were a lot of people including priests and nuns on these steps.
Back on the bus and off to the Catacombs - this was totally disappointing. We were there for less than 30 minutes, down ...
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Hotel Italia (America)
Despite some initial confusion over the room rates, I was able to book this hotel directly over the internet for a late November 2003 visit.
It was well-located (close to Termini, the Metro, many main arteries), had a very cooperative staff (some were exceptional) and provided a good breakfast. I was moved one night to a larger room, but one which was noisy (right next to the kitchen). Upon my request, however, the desk clerk switched me to a quieter accommodation with no problem. I also was able to add two more nights on the spot. To my dismay, unfortunately, almost all of the other guests were Americans. Most would find that comfortable, but I thought it detracted from the notion of living within a different culture. Otherwise, except for the bath linens, which were more like dish towels, I would rate this a comfortable, clean and hospitable lodging at a very fair price. I would gladly stay there again.
Stay at Hotel Italia
This was our first stop on a two week tour of Italy in mid November 2003. The rooms are perfectly adequate, clean, quiet, and the hotel is in a GREAT location. Close to the Metro, train station, and really within walking distance of most of the major sites.
The front desk was very helpful and friendly.
I highly recommend this hotel.
Excellent value for the money
I stayed in this hotel total 6 nights. 2 nights we got a single converted into a double since the hotel did not want to loose my business and I only paid the single price. Great! The hotel is 2 stars but it is very clean with new (although small) rooms, excellent location next to Termini (but not too close), has excellent breakfast and what my wife appreciated a lot: bathrooms have a hair dryer. My only advice is to book this hotel directly otherwise you will pay up to EUR20/per night extra if you use a third party internet portal.
We stayed at the Hotel Italia in Sept. 2003 with our daughter and son-in-law. The rooms were small but clean. The location is great - you can walk to everything - even the Vatican. The disappointing thing was the service - the girl at the front desk was not friendly or helpful.
Our son-in-law needed a plastic bag to take some clothes to the laundromat and when he asked for a plastic bag, she told him to "go buy something - then you'll have one - we don't have any"! Upon return from sightseeing one afternoon we went to get ice from the machine in the hallway, but it was empty. I went to the front desk to ask for ice and the same girl was there. Upon asking, she told me that there was a machine in the hall. When I told her that it was empty she said "Oh, well" and turned away! We needed to arrange for transportation to the airport at the end of our stay, and the same girl told my husband "maybe" "I'm not sure - I'll see" - when he asked to arrange for a car.
He told her that he could not rely on a "maybe" when we had a flight to catch! The next morning he spoke to the owner and he arranged the car for us. The owner was helpful, but each time the girl was at the desk we got NO help! This is not the way to retain clients! We will definitely return to Rome in the future - - but we certainly will not stay at the Hotel Italia again.
A wonderful little hotel
We were guests at the Hotel Italia from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2003. What a wonderful pensione! The rooms are small and plain but clean and inexpensive. As previously noted, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Our room was furnished with a double bed, painted wardrobe, wooden desk and a straight backed chair. The bathroom was small with a shower but no bath. Plenty of hot water. Some rooms have air conditioning. All rooms have ceiling fans. An excellent breakfast is included in the price of the room. The rooms are neither large enough nor are they appointed for sitting around. However, they are more than adequate for retiring after a day of sightseeing.
There are three restaurants, really pizzerias, located next door and across the street. They are all very good. The hotel is rather centrally located and a 10-15 minute walk will get you to many important sites. The side street on which the hotel is located is off the Via Nazionale.
We stayed at this hotel Sept. 27-29, 2003. It is in a great location.
Close to Ancient Rome and tons of restaurants, bars and shops. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is more than adequate.
Hotel Italia is the best. I have stayed at the hotel 9 times in the best 5 years. If there are no vancanies available on the dates I want to visit Rome, I will rearrange my travel plans when dates are available. The Owner, Andrea is great. He always remembers me. I feel like part of their little family. They go out of their way to assist you in booking tours, etc. And you can't beat the price and the breakfast.
We've been there from 8 to 15th of june 2003 and it was a great experience. We were in the annex, in a double room. The room as well as th bathroom were small (as in almost all europe), but extremely clean, and the (double) bed very confortable. It is located in a small street, 5 min walking distance from Termini train station and within walking distance of almost all rome attractions except vatican city (which took us 20 minutes walking to arrive) but even in that case at 40 m. of the hotel door ther is a bus stop wher you can take bus number 64 to vatican (and almost to all of rome center). The personnel was very efficient and helpful (one of the best i've seen), the breakfast was very good. Downstairs there is a "Tratoria" (not owned by th hotel) called "il pomo d'oro" with good pizza and pasta. I definitely recomend this hotel to anybody looking for a good priced, trouble-free, good-service hotel in rome. If you want to know more please feel free to write me.
Best deal in Roma
Hotel Italia's rate was $104 a night April of 2002. It was the best deal we could find in Rome. The hotel is a off of a famous shopping street not too far from the train station, but not too close either. The hotel staff is helpful, friendly,and wonderful. The morning breakfast is by far the best I had in all of Italy and I've been all over and to more established hotels. The location is good, if not great - an easy walk to the Colosseum or a cheap taxi to the Spanish Steps and then it was easy to walk everywhere from there. The rooms are attractive, small, and clean - the bathrooms tiny and amentities are few - typical in all of Europe. But If you are on a budget this small hotel is a real find. Almost forgot to mention it is a little difficult to find on the second floor of cute side street. Even so, find it!
Best staff ever
Not fancy, but a good location and about the nicest, most helpful staff of any hotel I've stayed in. I don't think we have ever shaken hands with the owner AND the cleaning woman when departing from a hotel before, but we did at Italia.
THe rooms aren't outstanding, but above average for the price, though the rooms in the annex are superior to those in the main building. Breakfast is very tasty. Would definitely stay here again!