Rome

Rome, “the eternal city”, is for me the only place in Europe to rival Paris as a tourist destination. It attracts tourists throughout the year and always seems to be busy, even in August when the heat drives many of its permanent inhabitants away to the coast. Like Paris, it is best explored on foot, but if you need to use public transport you will find the metro system quite limited (two lines only) and so you may need to acquaint yourself with the bus and tram services. A daily travel pass (the B.I.G.), which can be bought at tobacconists, covers all three modes of transport.

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Hotel Whispers
Borromeo Palatino Kennedy Borromeo Kennedy Palatino Click to enlarge
Hotel Borromeo  Website Trip Advisor Page My current hotel of choice in Rome. A comfortable hotel with a recently-renovated small lobby, good-sized rooms and a nice rooftop breakfast area. Near a number of good restaurants. (Via Cavour 117, 00184 Rome) Hotel Kennedy  Website Trip Advisor Page A good, mid-range hotel which is in need of some renovation. It is within five minutes walk of Termini station and has numerous decent restaurants on its doorstep. Only prefer it over the Borromeo if it is substantially cheaper for your dates. (Via Filippo Turati 62-64, 00185 Rome) Grand Hotel Palatino  Website Trip Advisor Page On the lower part of Via Cavour not far from the Roman Forum and Colosseum. An expensive hotel with a touch of luxury, but which sometimes offers substantial reductions in August. (Via Cavour 213/M, 00184 Rome)

Restaurant Whispers

Baccanale Carlo Menta Luzzi's Naumachia Luzzi’s Naumachia Baccanale Carlo Mento Il Tettarello
Baccanale  Trip Advisor Page An above average family-run restaurant on the Campo dei Fiori. Good, wholesome food at reasonable prices given its location. One of the best spots in Rome for people-watching. (Piazza Campo dei Fiori 32, 00186 Rome) Carlo Menta  Trip Advisor Page A cheap, cheerful and surprisingly good restaurant in Trastevere on the main street as you head towards Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere after getting off the bus. It has a large outside terrace and a cosy, old fashioned interior. Great food, friendly staff, bustling atmosphere. Try it. (Via della Lungaretta 101, 00153 Rome) Il Tettarello  Trip Advisor Page This neighbourhood trattoria is located in a quiet area just off the busy Via Urbana in the Monti area. There is an extensive menu which includes pizza, pasta and all the favourites - the spaghetti carbonara and the saltimbocca alla romana are particularly enticing. Food and wine prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is welcoming and the service both efficient and friendly. Can be recommended. (Via Dei Capocci 4/5, 00184 Rome) Luzzi’s  Trip Advisor Page Not only my favourite restaurant in Rome but probably one of my favourite restaurants anywhere. Tasty, unpretentious food at absolute rock- bottom prices. As for people-watching, I had lunch there one time and we were seated next to two of the guys from the Colosseum who dress as Roman soldiers and pose for tourist photos. Were they in full costume? You bet they were. (Via Di San Giovanni In Laterano 88, 00184 Rome) Naumachia  Website Trip Advisor Page A fine restaurant just 30 metres from Luzzi’s which I would go to more if Luzzi’s didn’t exist. The food is above average and the prices not unreasonable. Attracts a lot of locals, which is never a bad sign. (Via Celimontana 7, 00187 Rome)

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The Monti district of Rome is located just south-west of Termini station and straddles the main artery Via Cavour. One section of Monti - a triangular area bounded by Via Panispera, Via Cavour and Via dei Fori Imperiali - is an emerging restaurant area and is well worth exploring. All three hotels featured on this page are either on the edge of this area or a short walk away. Greatest Hits Colosseum Roman Forum Piazza Navona St Peter’s Basilica Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps    Worth a Look Pantheon Circus Maximus Castel Sant’Angelo St John Lateran Campo dei Fiori San Pietro in Vincoli   Out of Town Baths of Caracalla Ostia Antica Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa Castel Gandolfo Catacombs of Callistus Frascati Click to enlarge Il Tettarello
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Rome
Rome
Rome, “the eternal city”, is for me the only place in Europe to rival Paris as a tourist destination. It attracts tourists throughout the year and always seems to be busy, even in August when the heat drives many of its permanent inhabitants away to the coast. Like Paris, it is best explored on foot, but if you need to use public transport you will find the metro system quite limited (two lines only) and so you will need to acquaint yourself with the bus and tram services. A daily travel pass (the B.I.G.), which can be bought at tobacconists, covers all three modes of transport.
Sightseeing Whispers
Hotel Whispers
Hotel Borromeo  Website Trip Advisor Page My current hotel of choice in Rome. A comfortable hotel with a recently-renovated small lobby, good-sized rooms and a nice rooftop breakfast area. Near a number of decent restaurants. (Via Cavour 117, 00184 Rome) Hotel Kennedy  Website Trip Advisor Page A good, mid-range hotel which is in need of some renovation. It is within five minutes walk of Termini station and has numerous decent restaurants on its doorstep. Only prefer it over the Borromeo if it is substantially cheaper for your dates. (Via Filippo Turati 62-64, 00185 Rome) Grand Hotel Palatino  Website Trip Advisor Page On the lower part of Via Cavour not far from the Roman Forum and Colosseum. An expensive hotel with a touch of luxury, but which offers substantial reductions in August. (Via Cavour 213/M, 00184 Rome)
Restaurant Whispers
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Greatest Hits Colosseum Roman Forum Piazza Navona St Peter’s Basilica Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps    Worth a Look Pantheon Circus Maximus Castel Sant’Angelo St John Lateran Campo dei Fiori San Pietro in Vincoli   Out of Town Baths of Caracalla Ostia Antica Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa Castel Gandolfo Catacombs of Callistus Frascati The Monti district of Rome is located just south-west of Termini station and straddles the main artery Via Cavour. One section of Monti - a triangular area bounded by Via Panispera, Via Cavour and Via dei Fori Imperiali - is an emerging restaurant area and is well worth exploring. All three hotels featured on this page are either on the edge of this area or a short walk away.
Baccanale  Trip Advisor Page An above average family-run restaurant on the Campo dei Fiori. Good, wholesome food at reasonable prices given its location. One of the best spots in Rome for people-watching. (Piazza Campo dei Fiori 32, 00186 Rome) Carlo Menta  Trip Advisor Page A cheap, cheerful and surprisingly good restaurant in Trastevere on the main street as you head towards Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere after getting off the bus. It has a large outside terrace and a cosy, old fashioned interior. Great food, friendly staff, bustling atmosphere. Try it. (Via della Lungaretta 101, 00153 Rome) Il Tettarello  Trip Advisor Page This neighbourhood trattoria is located in a quiet area just off the busy Via Urbana in the Monti area. I have been there several times now and it never disappoints. There is an extensive menu which includes pizza, pasta and all the favourites - the spaghetti carbonara and the saltimbocca alla romana are particularly enticing. Food and wine prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is welcoming and the service both efficient and friendly. Can be recommended. (Via Dei Capocci 4/5, 00184 Rome) Luzzi’s  Trip Advisor Page Not only my favourite restaurant in Rome but probably one of my favourite restaurants anywhere. Tasty, unpretentious food at absolute rock-bottom prices. As for people-watching, I had lunch there one time and we were seated next to two of the guys from the Colosseum who dress as Roman soldiers and pose for tourist photos. Were they in full costume? You bet they were. (Via Di San Giovanni In Laterano 88, 00184 Rome) Naumachia  Website Trip Advisor Page A fine restaurant just 30 metres from Luzzi’s which I would go to more if Luzzi’s didn’t exist. The food is above average and the prices not unreasonable. Attracts a lot of locals, which is never a bad sign. (Via Celimontana 7, 00187 Rome)
Palatino      Kennedy Borromeo Il Pettarello Luzzi’s Naumachia Baccanale Carlo Menta