Sunday, November 8, 2015

By: The Budget Travel EditorsHere"s your chance to be the ultimate Italy
insider, with gorgeously affordable, off-the-beaten-path lodgings just steps
from some of the Eternal City"s hottest attractions and tastiest
restaurants.
Casa di Santa Francesca RomanaEnjoy an elegant stay on the
cobblestoned Roman street of your dreams.
(Photo: Casa di Santa Francesca
Romana)
If you prefer lodgings with a little history, this fine hotel is
named for the saint credited with performing miracles here in the 15th
century.
A decidedly modern miracle is that this place, situated in the
charming Trastevere district near upscale shops, dining, and the legendary
Porta Portese Flea Market, comes without sticker shock.
Enjoy your
complimentary breakfast amid the orange trees of the interior courtyard and
pay a visit to the beautiful little chapel.
When you"re ready to explore the
neighborhood and beyond, ask the friendly staff for their tips (Via dei
Vascellari 61, from about $122 per night).MUST-SEE: Movie buffs will get a
kick out of the Bocca della Verita, featured in Roman Holiday, a short
walk from the hotel.
Then take off across the Tiber to Palatine Hill (the Park
Avenue of ancient Rome), where you can explore the ruins of a stadium and
imperial palace and take the panorama of the Eternal City, including the Forum
and Colosseum.
For discounts and shorter lines at museums and archaeological
attractions, invest in a Roma Pass (from about $31).MANGIA: Da Lucia offers a
reliable menu of pastas and meat dishes, but its antipasti, like cheese and
honey or anchovies with lemon juice, are the real stars (Vicolo del Mattonato
2B, 011-39/06-580-3601).SEVEN KINGS RELAISRevel in midcentury-modern style at
a great price just steps from the "Steps." (Photo: Seven Kings Relais)While
some people come to Italy to revel in the ancient, the proprietors of Seven
Kings Relais are more interested in the recent past.
The hotel wears its
fashion sense proudly, with 1960s details like floral wallpaper, a
baroque-style sofa done up in pink, and a contemporary espresso bar right in
the lobby.
They"re also more than happy to dispense tips on navigating the
local Metro stops and bus routes, the 15-minute walk to the Spanish Steps, and
where to indulge your shopping urges (Via XX Settembre 58A, from about $75 per
night).Related: Battle of the Boutique Hotels in Rome
MUST-SEE: The Piazza di
Spagna, named for the nearby Spanish Embassy, is the base of the gorgeous 1725
staircase affectionately known as the Spanish Steps.
Once you get over the
"pinch me" moment of seeing the steps for real, check out the fountain said to
be designed by Bernini"s dad.MANGIA: The Spanish Steps area is super-popular,
and it"s a relief to know that Pizzeria Leoncino is not only nearby but is
also, unlike many Rome pizzerias, open for lunch.
Elizabeth Minchilli, author
of Eating Rome and the app Eat Italy, recommends Leoncino"s pizza with onion,
beans, and sausage (Via del Leonci- no 28, 011-39/06-686-7757)RELAIS PALAZZO
TAVERNABetcha never thought a converted stable could look this
beautiful.
(Photo: Relais Palazzo Taverna)The 10-room Relais Palazzo Taverna
used to be stables dating back to the 15th century.
Their conversion into a
hotel is the loving work of a family of art lovers that includes a Venetian
art expert from Christie"s.
When you"re not exploring nearby Piazza Navona and
other Roman delights, savor the dramatic black-and-white damask wallpaper from
England and the Japanese printed paper, not to mention the massive
500-year-old beams original to the stables.
You"ll be just off a street lined
with antiques stores that leads straight to the piazza… if you can drag
yourself away from the pastries and cappuccino delivered right to your door
each morning (Via dei Gabrielli 92, from about $105 per night).MUST-SEE: Ogle
Bernini"s stunning Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in nearby Piazza Navona, where a
few cheeky tourists famously attempted some late-night bathing this past
summer.MANGIA: Fill up on hearty servings of pasta tossed with eggplant,
tomato, and garlic at Da Tonino al Governo Vecchio (Via del Governo Vecchio
18–19, 011-39/333-587-0779).SUITE ORIANIPsst! Want to sleep in a villa
in one of Rome"s poshest quarters? (Photo: Suite Oriani)Yes, the streets are
lined with embassies and mansions, but inside the 1929 Art Nouveau villa at
No.
92 Via Barnaba Oriani, you"ll find five rooms filled with antiques like
Tiffany-style glass lamps and ornate chairs that can be all yours for a
song.
Oh, and how about your own balcony overlooking private gardens and a
towering cedar of Lebanon tree? (That"s in the Orchidea Room.) In warm
weather, a generous breakfast spread of meats and cheeses, homemade jams,
yogurt, and fresh fruit is served in the garden"s umbrella-shaded outdoor
living room (Via Barnaba Oriani 92, from about $129 per night).MUST-SEE:
Before you take off to drink in the old city, you"ve got to go for a
hand-in-hand stroll through jaw-dropping Villa Borghese, Rome"s most famous
park, and check out the nearby Accademia di Santa Cecilia, housed in Renzo
Piano"s ultra-modern Parco Della Musica.MANGIA: La Pariolina offers an array
of fritti and pizzas heartily recommended by Oriani"s proprietors (Viale dei
Parioli 93).MECENATE ROOMSLive like a local in your own chic
apartment.
(Photo: Mecenate Rooms)Sure, you may be one of the 30 million
travelers who descend upon Rome each year, but that doesn"t mean you have to
live like a tourist.
Your lodgings are an apartment (No.
79) in a quiet part
of town that"s just a five-minute walk to the Colosseum.
Once inside the
circa-1900 building"s luxurious wood-and-brass doors, you"ll be warmly
welcomed to views of the iconic arena, coupons for breakfast at local
cafés, and one of four surprisingly spacious rooms (Via Mecenate 79,
from about $75 per night).MUST-SEE: Many visitors find the Colosseum to be the
most exciting attraction in Rome.
Even if you find the arena"s dark past a bit
of a buzzkill, it"s an undeniably impressive sight.
It once held 50,000
bloodthirsty spectators and was, of course, the place where Roman gladiators
fought wild animals and one another.MANGIA: Taverna Romana, in the Monti
district near the Colosseum, will have a line.
You"ll have to wait about 20
minutes to get a table.
A heaping bowl of rigatoni with melted pecorino makes
it totally worth it (Via della Madonna dei Monti 79,
011-39/06-474-5325).Related: Cheat Sheet: Rome
LE STANZE DI ORAZIOFine art is
on view inside the hotel and just down the street.
(Photo: Le Stanze di
Orazio)
Just 10 blocks from the Vatican, this five-room hotel was launched in
2011 by a proprietor with a passion for art history.
Good taste is on display
everywhere you look, from the Philippe Starck lamps to the lovely striped
fabrics for the curtains to the original floor tiles.
Ask for personalized
itineraries and hand-drawn maps, and be prepared to be treated like
family—in a good way (Via Orazio 3, from about $85 per night).MUST-SEE:
Walk to the Vatican Museums and get lost for hours, or days, in their immense
art collections.
Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines, and remember
that the museums are closed most Sundays but offer free admission on the last
Sunday of each month from 9 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.MANGIA: Pizzarium, near the
Vatican, may be the most famous pizzeria in Italy, and Minchilli recommends
it(Via della Meloria 43 [near Vatican, metro Cipro],
011-39/06-397-45416).TORRETTA DE" MASSIMIYour country estate is waiting in a
quiet neighborhood on the edge of the city.
(Photo: Toretta de"
Massimi)
Arriving here might make you think you"re dreaming.
The 12th-century
tower—which has been transformed into a suite of rooms spread over four
floors, with a kitchen and a living room at the bottom and two bedrooms at the
top—looks too much like a fable to be true.
The fact that a prince, and
a very charming one at that, hands over the keys adds to the surreal feel.
But
the place does exist, hidden within 350 acres of park-like greenery in the
humble La Pisana neighborhood of Rome"s southwestern fringes (Via della Pisana
600, from about $210 per night for a two-bed- room suite).MUST-SEE: Spend time
wandering the amazing grounds themselves, or take the 881 bus from the
property to Rome"s historic center, near Campo de" Fiori and the
Vatican.MANGIA: You can use the property"s kitchen to cook for yourself
(grocery stores are a short walk away), ask the staff to prepare your meals,
or, our favorite option, book on-site cooking classes.
For a night out, nearby
eatery Schiavi d"Abruzzo will pick you up and return you to the property after
filling your plate with unforgettable pasta dishes and pizza (Via Di Bravetta
370).More from Budget Travel:
How to do Florence on a Budget
35 Beautiful
Images of Italy
Insider Secrets of RomeWATCH: 5 Ways to Avoid Common Hotel
Scams

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By: The Budget Travel Editors Here's your chance to be the ultimate Italy
insider, with gorgeously affordable, off-the-beaten-path lodgings just steps
from some of the Eternal City's hottest attractions and tastiest
restaurants.
Casa di Santa Francesca Romana Enjoy an elegant stay on the
cobblestoned Roman street of your dreams.
(Photo: Casa di Santa Francesca
Romana) If you prefer lodgings with a little history, this fine hotel is named
for the saint credited with performing miracles here in the 15th century.
A
decidedly modern miracle is that this place, situated in the charming
Trastevere district near upscale shops, dining, and the legendary Porta
Portese Flea Market, comes without sticker shock..Yes, the streets are lined
with embassies and mansions, but inside the 1929 Art Nouveau villa at No.
92
Via Barnaba Oriani, you"ll find five rooms filled with antiques like
Tiffany-style glass lamps and ornate chairs that can be all yours for a
song.
Oh, and how about your own balcony overlooking private gardens and a
towering cedar of Lebanon tree? (That"s in the Orchidea Room.) In warm
weather, a generous breakfast spread of meats and cheeses, homemade jams,
yogurt, and fresh fruit is served in the garden"s umbrella-shaded outdoor
living room (Via Barnaba Oriani 92, from about $129 per night).MUST-SEE:
Before you take off to drink in the old city, you"ve got to go for a
hand-in-hand stroll through jaw-dropping Villa Borghese, Rome"s most famous
park, and check out the nearby Accademia di Santa Cecilia, housed in Renzo
Piano"s ultra-modern Parco Della Musica.MANGIA: La Pariolina offers an array
of fritti and pizzas heartily recommended by Oriani"s proprietors (Viale dei
Parioli 93).MECENATE ROOMSLive like a local in your own chic
apartment.
(Photo: Mecenate Rooms)Sure, you may be one of the 30 million
travelers who descend upon Rome each year, but that doesn"t mean you have to
live like a tourist.
Your lodgings are an apartment (No.
79) in a quiet part
of town that"s just a five-minute walk to the Colosseum.
Once inside the
circa-1900 building"s luxurious wood-and-brass doors, you"ll be warmly
welcomed to views of the iconic arena, coupons for breakfast at local
cafés, and one of four surprisingly spacious rooms (Via Mecenate 79,
from about $75 per night).MUST-SEE: Many visitors find the Colosseum to be the
most exciting attraction in Rome.
Even if you find the arena"s dark past a bit
of a buzzkill, it"s an undeniably impressive sight.
It once held 50,000
bloodthirsty spectators and was, of course, the place where Roman gladiators
fought wild animals and one another.MANGIA: Taverna Romana, in the Monti
district near the Colosseum, will have a line.
You"ll have to wait about 20
minutes to get a table.
A heaping bowl of rigatoni with melted pecorino makes
it totally worth it (Via della Madonna dei Monti 79,
011-39/06-474-5325).Related: Cheat Sheet: Rome
LE STANZE DI ORAZIOFine art is
on view inside the hotel and just down the street.
(Photo: Le Stanze di
Orazio)
Just 10 blocks from the Vatican, this five-room hotel was launched in
2011 by a proprietor with a passion for art history.
Good taste is on display
everywhere you look, from the Philippe Starck lamps to the lovely striped
fabrics for the curtains to the original floor tiles.
Ask for personalized
itineraries and hand-drawn maps, and be prepared to be treated like
family—in a good way (Via Orazio 3, from about $85 per night).MUST-SEE:
Walk to the Vatican Museums and get lost for hours, or days, in their immense
art collections.
Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines, and remember
that the museums are closed most Sundays but offer free admission on the last
Sunday of each month from 9 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.MANGIA: Pizzarium, near the
Vatican, may be the most famous pizzeria in Italy, and Minchilli recommends
it(Via della Meloria 43 [near Vatican, metro Cipro],
011-39/06-397-45416).TORRETTA DE" MASSIMIYour country estate is waiting in a
quiet neighborhood on the edge of the city.
(Photo: Toretta de"
Massimi)
Arriving here might make you think you"re dreaming.
The 12th-century
tower—which has been transformed into a suite of rooms spread over four
floors, with a kitchen and a living room at the bottom and two bedrooms at the
top—looks too much like a fable to be true.
The fact that a prince, and
a very charming one at that, hands over the keys adds to the surreal feel.
But
the place does exist, hidden within 350 acres of park-like greenery in the
humble La Pisana neighborhood of Rome"s southwestern fringes (Via della Pisana
600, from about $210 per night for a two-bed- room suite).MUST-SEE: Spend time
wandering the amazing grounds themselves, or take the 881 bus from the
property to Rome"s historic center, near Campo de" Fiori and the
Vatican.MANGIA: You can use the property"s kitchen to cook for yourself
(grocery stores are a short walk away), ask the staff to prepare your meals,
or, our favorite option, book on-site cooking classes.
For a night out, nearby
eatery Schiavi d"Abruzzo will pick you up and return you to the property after
filling your plate with unforgettable pasta dishes and pizza (Via Di Bravetta
370).More from Budget Travel:
How to do Florence on a Budget
35 Beautiful
Images of Italy
Insider Secrets of RomeWATCH: 5 Ways to Avoid Common Hotel
Scams

Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with
us on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

By: The Budget Travel
Editors Here's your chance to be the ultimate Italy insider, with gorgeously
affordable, off-the-beaten-path lodgings just steps from some of the Eternal
City's hottest attractions and tastiest restaurants.
Casa di Santa Francesca
Romana Enjoy an elegant stay on the cobblestoned Roman street of your
dreams.
(Photo: Casa di Santa Francesca Romana) If you prefer lodgings with a
little history, this fine hotel is named for the saint credited with
performing miracles here in the 15th century.
A decidedly modern miracle is
that this place, situated in the charming Trastevere district near upscale
shops, dining, and the legendary Porta Portese Flea Market, comes without
sticker shock.

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