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Prati: A Peace of Rome

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Reviewed by: richdad from MD, review #3161

When: May 2011

Spent 3 Wonderful Nights at the Peace of Rome B&B in May 2011

Castroni's - You Must Go There!, photo by

The Peace of Rome B&B is located in the Prati section of Rome, on the same side of the river as Vatican City. The location is wonderful - not in the congested central city but close enough that all points of interest can be reached on foot or by bus if you prefer. (I did both.) It is very convenient to the Vatican.

Nearby Amenities There are many places for caffe, groceries, souvenirs, and any things else you could possibly want within very easy walking distance. Several bars (cafes) and restaurants right outside the door of the apartment building. Castroni's, a gastromical mecca, is only a 5 minute walk from the apartment. You must go there! Great place for gifts for yourself and others. As for restaurants, follow the advice of the owners. The places they recommended were outstanding!

The House/Apartment The building is absolutely beautiful and the entrance area is very clean. There is no lobby as you walk in but you take 25 steps to the stairs/lift and go up one floor to the small lobby of the B&B. No frills here - you walk down a somewhat narrow corridor from the lobby area to your room. But it's all very nice and very well maintained. There were approximately 8-10 apartments that are part of the B&B.

Garden No sitting area other than all of Rome!! There are many benches in the area where you can people watch to your heart's content. Of buy a caffe, vino, or birra at one of the nearby bars and grab an outside table.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas Furniture was in very good shape. My room had only the 2 queen sized beds, a desk and 2 chairs, and a very nice flat screen TV with English channels (didn't watch it during the 3 days I was there but the owners did spend the time to help me learn to use the remote). No cooking facilities - only a microwave and small fridge but I was not expecting anything more so it was all good. My room was cozy but certainly enough room for 2 people. 3-4 people in the room might be a bit snug depending on who you're traveling with. Plenty of closet space (for a guy at least).

Bedrooms/Bathrooms Beds were comfortable, bathroom was modern with a very nice American-style shower. No tub which suited me just fine. Plenty of hot water, soap, and shampoo. Nice sink and mirror. Nothing fancy but more than adequate. Towels and sheets are changed every other day.

Kitchen No cooking facilities other than a microwave and a kettle for making instant coffee (provided).

Problems or Bonuses The owners were extremely accommodating as was the very nice (and attractive) woman, Simona, who was usually there during the day. The owners seem willing to do anything to make your stay enjoyable.

Agency and Representatives (and price) Daniele and Livio were on-site when I arrived. Their English is very good and they made every effort to understand my broken Italian. They were fun! I paid 119 euros per night in late May. I believe the breakfast option adds another 10,00 euros.

Do you recommend this B&B to others? I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. You can pay a few dollars extra for breakfast (it's a B&B after all) at a little cafe right down the street but it's not necessary. I found it much easier to walk across or down the street to one of the many bars/cafes and deli-style establishments where you can enjoy a cappuccino and cornetto at a much better price at your leisure. Keep in mind that my room was essentially two beds and desk, with a nice flat screen TV, but without room to do much else, although I'm not sure what I would have done with more room if I had it so I thought it was perfect.

Things to do in this area It's Rome. There's plenty to do. The owners recommended several excellent restaurants but there are many, many others in the area. You can easily walk to the Vatican or cross the river to reach all the other attractions. I took the bus to the Borghese Gallery (you have a reserved time so you can't afford to be late) but walked back via the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon.

Don't miss Castroni's for a cappuccino or caffe and cornetto and the wonderful groceries. There's also a Coin department store very nearby which offers the very nicest perfumes and soaps. There is a really nice gelateria serving all the Sicilian flavors of gelato and with very nice arancini and pizza a couple of blocks away that you also must try!

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