Fell in love with Peace of Rome as soon as we set foot through the amazing old doors into the cool internal courtyard with it's pots of plants - a perfect oasis coming in from the hot street. We have been home for a week now but In my heart I am still there!
We were met at the airport by a driver in his very smart Mercedes and had a very comfortable drive through very interesting scenery (a much more pleasant journey than our return to the airport by Metro and bus which was much less scenic - do treat yourself to being driven if you can). On arrival at the B & B, Filippo came bouncing down the stairs to welcome us, picked up both our suitcases as if they were featherweights and led us upstairs. He, very amusingly, went on to give us lots of hints, tips and ideas on how to get the best out of our 3 day stay before showing us to our room which was well furnished, extremely clean and, best of all, overlooked the courtyard. We had room 6 which, although probably not one of the bigger rooms, suited us very well.
Speaking of rooms, as mentioned by everyone else, you can leave your bags here after check out to let you explore before your flight with your hands free but, not only that, there is a very useful "spare" bathroom where you can freshen up. This is also a good place to put your make up on, ladies, as it is brightly lit and completely covered in mirrors - the lighting in your room might be a little more gentle.
The next day we met Simona and Daniele who were both delightful and, again, very helpful. We almost felt we knew them before we met as we had been in contact by email during the booking process and also from reading all the other reviews!
If you are visiting Rome for the first time, you really can't go wrong with Peace of Rome. Everyone who works there (too friendly to be called "staff"!) is passionate about giving you the best possible experience. Not only that, it really is very well placed for all the sites that you are going to manage to squash into your visit and, when your feet finally give up on you, it is very convenient for 2 Metro stations too. (By the way The Metro only costs 1euro for 75 minutes travel - amazing compared to London Underground!) .... oh and the shops nearby ... and the great cafe/bakery/deli where you can have breakfast .... cappucino and lovely pastry for 2 euros (again compare with London!).
During early summer and autumn Friday evenings, you can book a special entrance to the Vatican Museums. Book online at the Vatican before you travel. Really recommend this as, if you book to go in at 7.00 p.m. you can walk to the very end (if you can manage to go past all the other attractions without looking!) to visit the Sistine Chapel before anyone else gets there. Being practically alone in this wonderful room was a huge treat. We came back again later having visited the Raphael Rooms etc and, although much busier, the Chapel was still probably not so packed as on a usual daily visit. Also, don't forget the modern collections. We were amazed to come across Rodin's "Thinker" and a whole room of Matisse - Salvadore Dali is there, Georges Braque, Le Corbusier, etc ... There are obviously far more delights than you can see in a month of Sundays but these were things that we hadn't expected.
This is kinda obvious but one tip for fellow British travellers - "when in Rome, do as the Romans do"! Simona v kindly made us a reservation at Pizzeria Ragno-Doro for when we came out of the Vatican Museums. When we arrived at 9.30 p.m. it was absolutely packed and all the staff were dashing around, serving and moving tables etc We stood politely by the door for 10 minutes or so but no-one so much as looked at us, never mind come to say hello. So we left (feeling a bit disgruntled that we'd not had something to eat in the garden back at the Vatican with it's magical view of St Peters peeping over an umbrella pine illuminated in the sky like a jewel - something else you could try). However, when we spoke to Simona the next day, she explained that, in Rome, if you have a reservation you are expected not to stand by the door, but to go in, find someone - even tho they are busy - and say you have a reservation! Be assertive!
However, we did have a wonderful last meal - Sunday lunch at La Scala in Trastevere, which was another of Simona's recommendations and we would heartily recommend eating there.
Do feel confident to stay here on your visit to Rome. You will be very well looked after. You are even given a card with Daniele and Livios' mobile numbers so that you always know you have an ally if you get into trouble!
We would love to return to Rome as you can only scratch the surface of all the delights there in a short stay. However, we have to go to Venice, next .... I wonder if we could persuade Daniele and Livio to open a B & B there ...?!!
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- Each room faces onto a little street, and enjoys two large windows inside. All the rooms are comfortable, soundproofed with air conditioning (remote control), finely finished and delightfully furnished with:- wooden flooring - private ensuite bathrooms with shower - hairdryer - security safe deposit box - LCD TV 32” with digital satellite and TV Sat - bar-fridge - free high speed internet access - kettle with complimentary hot beverage. ... more less
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