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Lodging in Rome within walking distance to most sites


We will be in Rome for 4 nights from May 2 - May 6th and are wanting to find a place no more than about 120 euro a night that is somewhere in a central location that we won't spend lots of time traveling to the sites.

We will be on our honeymoon and will have come from Tuscany where we'll have been for 5 days and will be very rested and want to experience the city of Rome. We are in our 30's and active so it's ok for a good walk....we also will want to stay out at night and explore the city and go to restaurants.

Would love your opinions on areas that we should stay! We have a couple places that fit near Navona, the Vatican and Campo dei Fiori. Are any of these better than the other? Would love everyone's opinions!



Posted by
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Go to to find a hotel in Rome that will meet your needs. You can shop by location/price.

I've used it several times, as have other posters on this board.

Posted by
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It's probably booked up because it's only 5 rooms, but I picked the Hotel Paba for my stay in Rome in September and it's 100 euros a night for a double (single use). Gets good reviews on tripadvisor and it's down the street from the Colosseum. The Vatican isn't really near most of the rest of the sights in Rome, so maybe you want to stay closer to the middle and take that one day to go out to the Vatican? that's what I chose to do.

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thanks for the advice! we've been to venere.....and are just trying to decide which area would be the best to stay in....

i think you are right about the vatican area....we found a good one there...but now that you say that, i think we may go navona area instead...though i will check out that hotel you mentioned!


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Sure no problem :) I'm sure there are more central ones than the one I chose, but for me the price was right and the reviews sold me. I'm probably the last person to be giving advice about this since I haven't actually been there yet, but it seems like if you're in the middle of the city somewhere, it's all pretty close except the Vatican and Appian Way (if i'm wrong, someone please correct me!). Good luck! I looked for ages to find all my hotels but I found the process of reading reviews and stuff fun - and it was really satisfying to find the places that seemed the best for me :)

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After extensive research on Trip Advisor and Fodor's Travel forums my husband I selected Hotel Italia for our September trip. It received really good reviews on Trip Advisor as well as from other Rick Steve's travelers, is centrally located and very reasonable.

Their web site is

Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.


Posted by
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I've been to Rome a couple of times now and I would suggest anything in the Navona, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain or Pantheon areas. Price may be a bit of a problem as they are popular areas and can be expensive but you can walk pretty much anywhere fro them easiy. I have walked from the Trevi area to the Vatican and it's not that far and an interesting walk.

The other website that is great is Trip Advisor. It not only gives you reviews but also can give you several prices from different websites so you can get the best price. One thing I do though is book through a site that does not charge your credit card immediately but where you pay on check out. I had a bad experience once at paid up front only to move hotels because it was so awful and lost my money.

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We used Hotel Smeraldo, which is a Rick Steves' recommended hotel near Campo dei Fiori, and we loved it. We had pastry and cappucino from the bakery across the street each morning, and we walked everywhere. There is a taxi stand nearby at Largo Argentina for when you feet cannot take any more. We thought the area around the campo was very romantic!

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Hello Wendy, I used Hotel Giardino while in Rome. Cost was 100 Euro a night (cash only-but flexible), and it was centrally located for everything but the Vatican and Villa Borghese. It is mentioned in Rick's books and Kate and her staff speak English. They also helped me arrange a taxi to the airport the very early morning I left the hotel. I would just taxi to the Vatican, and spend the day in the area. Also, I agree with Ellen about using to find a hotel if that suits you. I used them last year for a trip to Florence when all the hotels in Rick's book were full. No problems with using them, and good information. Good Luck, David

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Congrats, Wendy! I just booked a place online through The Fellini Inn is right by the Trevi fountain. It got very good ratings from past guests, and rooms look nice for the price (I paid about 70 euro /night). The only catch is that management is not always on-site, so the place is more geared towards the independent-minded lodger. In any case, it's worth a look. Have a great time!

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We loved Ceasar house which is easy walking to most everything. WE walked everywhere. You are basically 50 yards from the forum, colloseum. They give amazing service....wonderful warm croissants to our room each morning with breakfast.........and, they will do laundry for a minimal fee. Marilee