I just booked a really great airfare with great times from ORD-FCO for under $350 USD. We'll be visiting Rome for the first time in the last of August 2020 for 7 full days (+ 2 travel days). It was kind of a (for us) spur of the moment purchase but, I just couldn't resist that fare.
Now I need to start looking for budget lodging.
I've read here that for general tourists the area around the Parthenon/Navona area is good? Attractions we hope to see are the Vatican, many churches, the Colosseum, maybe a couple of museums, the usual stuff I would guess. Good wines are high on our list to drink lots of as well as trying local eateries.
Air conditioning will be a must for us in August I think. We would like breakfast included in our lodging also. Other than that, good location, cleanliness, safe, the usual things most want in lodging.
I read a thread from here while I was doing a little searching and a poster recommended a hotel called the Hotel Fontanella Borghese (621 Euro for 8 nights). It looks like about what we're looking for quality and price wise. I was also going to look into monastery and convent lodging. We like to get the best bang for our buck in lodging.
As of now, I think we'll spend our whole time in Rome. We would love to see more of Italy but think we'll have plenty to fill 7 full days (+ 2 travel days).
I always find it so hard to get started in researching a big trip--itinerary, lodging, transportation, food....
Would anyone have any other suggestions for lodging that might help me get started? Or any other suggestions?