Bed & Breakfast Little Italy Hostel in Rome: Where are we?
Rome has thousands of hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and hostels. Still, since Rome also has millions of tourists visiting the city every year, it can be difficult to find accommodation that is cheap and clean, as well as safe and, especially, central.
The Bed and Breakfast Little Italy Hostel is only a short walk away from Rome Termini, the central railway station and the destination of the train from Fiumicino Airport and vice versa. The direct bus lines from Rome’s second airport, Ciampino, where the budget airlines RyanAir and Easyjet land, stop in the Via Marsala, a 10 minute walk from the B&B Little Italy. This is very convenient for late arrivals: you will not have to walk far to your hotel after a tiring trip.
The nearest metro stop is just around the block (get out of B&B Little Italy’s front door and turn right, then right, and then right again and you will find the entrance to the Vittorio Emanuele stop (line A) right there). Make sure you buy your ticket beforehand in the newspaper stand beside the entrance: the vending machines downstairs are more often than not out of order.
There is also a line B metro stop, Cavour, at less than 10 minutes’ walking distance.
Two metro lines obviously cannot cover the entire city of Rome. A number of ATAC local bus lines have their stops near the Bed and Breakfast Little Italy on the Via Merulana: exit from the hostel, turn right and take the first left. The first street you cross is the Via Merulana.
The area encompassing the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill is only a 10 minute walk away from the Hostel Little Italy B&B, and so is the Domus Aurea.
A number of Rome’s most famous churches and basilicas are also within easy walking distance from the Bed and Breakfast: Saint Mary Major and Santa Prassede lie 2 minutes away, Saint Peter in Chains 7 minutes, and San Clemente only 10 minutes.
Many of Rome’s major museums can be reached on foot: 7 minutes to the Museo Nazionale Romano, 15 minutes to the Capitoline Museums, 12 minutes to the Complesso Vittoriano, while the Museum of Oriental Art is just across the road on the Via Merulana.
A 10 minute subway ride will take you from Rome hostel Little Italy Bed and Breakfast to the Spanish steps, and it is only 7 metro stops (line A, Ottaviano) to Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Food and drink
Of course you don’t have to worry about breakfast at the Rome B&B Little Italy Hostel, since the breakfast we serve you will easily keep you going till lunchtime.
There are many cheap and good, both ethnic and Italian, restaurants in the area. The ethnic ones are mostly around Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, the Roman ones are to be found in the Via Merulana and its side streets.
Several grocery stores as well as a big supermarket can be found around the corner from the B&B. Rome’s cheapest food market can be found a couple of blocks away from the B&B. For a couple of Euros you can buy yourself a huge picknick in one of the parks in the vicinity of the Little Italy Hoste.
The oldest and, according many people, best gelateria (icecream parlor) is a 5 minute walk from the Bed and Breakfast while the oldest Irish pub of Rome, the Fiddler’s Elbow and its sister pub, the Druid’s Den, lie a 3 minute walk in the other direction. Slightly further (behind the Basilica of Saint Mary Major) you will find the rowdier Druid’s Den, which shows the major international football and rugby matches.
San Lorenzo is Rome’s student district and, despite its many pubs and pizzerias, still relatively unknown to tourists. Everything tends to be cheaper than it is in the center and people are a lot friendlier. The area, bordered by beautiful old city walls, can be reached from the Bed and Breakfast Little Italy Hostel by no more than a 10 minute walk to the other side of Rome Termini (There is a tunnel underneath the railway tracks).
To get from the Bed & Breakfast Little Italy Hostel Rome to the other two nighttime areas of the city is just as easy. To reach Testaccio (the quarter where the majority of clubs and discotheques of Rome are situated) it takes only a short metro ride (4 stops, Piramide) from Rome Termini and for to get from the hostel to Rome’s traditional night time area Trastevere (pubs, pizzerias and restaurants) you need no more than a 15 minute bus ride.
Apart from being famous for the quality of its food, Italy and Rome are also well-known for the style and elegance of its clothes. In the streets immediately surrounding the Bed and Breakfast you will find many small stores selling typical Roman delicacies, while in order to go clothes shopping you will have to go for a 5 minute walk to the Via Nazionale. The more upmarket boutiques are located in the area around the Spanish Steps and especially on the Via Condotti , 4 stops by metro (line A, Spagna) from the Bed and Breakfast Little Italy Hostel. Rome also boasts Italy’s biggest outdoor market, Porta Portese, in the Trastevere area. Porta Portese is held on Sunday mornings only and from the hotel Little Italy B&B Rome can be reached after a 15 minute bus ride.
In the past, when the fish and vegetable market was still held on the square itself, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele was one of the dirtiest squares in Rome. Then the Fiumicino Airport Terminal was built, some big hotels were put up, the market got moved indoors and the piazza got thoroughly cleaned up, to make it one of the most beautiful little parks in Rome, with children’s playgrounds and often, in the evening, concerts and other events. During the summer evenings the most important movies of the year (blockbusters, but also art movies) are shown for a very low price (in 2007, 5 Euros for a double feature). Italian is a must, though, since the movies are usually dubbed.
Tiny Piazza Dante, at the end of Via Ferruccio, is a smaller and more intimate park, surrounded by beautiful tall buildings. It boasts a small children’s playground as well.
Finally there is the bigger Parco di Colle Oppio to the north of the Hostel Little Italy Bed & Breakfast Rome, housing the Domus Aurea and boasting a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Various internet points in the area
You will not have to worry about safety, since there is a police station on the corner opposite the Hostel Little Italy B&B.