I am planning a trip to Rome Dec 2013 - Jan 2014. Just how hard are the beds in a convent or monastery? I am used to a very soft bed and want to be prepared. Any hints on the weather? Thanks for your help. Linda
Convent/monastery beds tend to be twin-size, with a relatively shallow mattress. You should check out some photos online at some of the convents/monasteries (santasusanna.org or monasterystays.com).
Even in hotels, in Italy the beds tend to be hard, as are the pillows. I think the thing I miss most when traveing in Europe is my pillow top bed and my down pillows. However, I am a sleep diva and I know it!
The two times I've been in Rome at that time of the year, the weather has been nice... 50's, with a little light rain. On both trips, the weather was nicer when I left Rome then when I arrived back in San Francisco. But just keep on eye on things via the internet as you move into late Nov/Dec. Convents/monasteries are my preferred lodging, but expect simple, not plush. The bed may be a harder than you are used to but I've never been uncomfortable in their beds (which is better than I can say about some budget hotels).
the bed is ok. I have stayed at 2 different convents in Rome and Vienna, in both places beds are small but enough for 1 person to sleep fine. breakfast is very simple, wish they could eat a little better.