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[[Image:Rom Pantheon mit Obelisk.jpg|thumb|260px|Piazza della Rotonda]]
[[Image:Rom Pantheon mit Obelisk.jpg|thumb|260px|Piazza della Rotonda]]
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The Fountain of Neptune at the centre of piazza Navona
Old Rome is the historic Renaissance centre of Rome. While the oldest section of Rome is at the Forum, and the Modern Center has shifted to via Veneto, Old Rome remains the city's most charming district, with lovely piazze (squares) and streets to wander and find small cafes and restaurants. Old Rome includes the areas around piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, the Pantheon and the Ghetto.
From Termini station, take the #64 bus (be careful as this route is popular with pickpockets). The Old Rome area is served by several stops between piazza Venezia and the Tiber river. Alternatively, take one of the many other buses serving piazza Venezia.
- The Pantheon, piazza della Rotonda, ☎ 0668300230. M-Sa 8AM to 7.30PM, Su 9AM to 6PM, public holidays 9AM to 1PM, closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25. Formerly known as the basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres, it was originally built in 27 BCE by emperor Hadrian (AD 125-128). It's a marvel of ancient architecture; the ancient temple is celebrated for its large dome and its fine proportions, and was as dedicated to all the gods of the Roman state religion. However, it has served as a Christian church since the 7th century; this is also the only building from the Graeco-Roman world which has remained substantially intact and in continuous use throughout to the present day and, as it is still a functioning church, silence is requested during your visit. The first two Kings of Italy (Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I), along with their spouses, are buried there. From inside the Pantheon, you'll see traces of the former bronze ceiling, melted down during the reign of Pope Urban VIII to make bombards to for the fortification of Castel Sant'Angelo. The hole in the center of the ceiling, though, is an original feature designed for architectural reasons (the dome would collapse without it). Guides will tell you the spectacular doors are original, but the original bronze doors were also melted down by Pope Urban and might have been used to create Borromini and Bernini's Baldacchino in Saint Peter's. The dome is now the third largest masonry dome in the world (for your information, the first one is St. Peter's while the second is Hagia Sophia in Istanbul).
The site surrounding the Pantheon offers a lesson in archaeological stratigraphy. The building now appears to be built in a recess at the edge of a hill, but this is not the original appearance: the street level at the sides and rear has risen about 10 meters since the original construction due to the accumulation of debris from 2,000 years of settlement. This has necessitated the maintenance of the deep trench that keeps the building from being buried.
If you're in Rome and it happens to be raining, you should definitely go to the Pantheon to see the rain pouring into the building through the hole in the ceiling, and that's a rather unique view. When it starts raining the center of the Pantheon is separated by a rope but you can walk around the drops falling in the middle of the building. There are holes in the ground that drain the water.
- Largo di Torre Argentina. Not, as commonly believed, named after the country but after a tower (the torre Argentina) that stands in the area. Four Roman Republican-era temples, Pompey's theater and a Roman public toilet have been excavated. The square is also home to a large number of cats which are tended by the local animal rights organization (purportedly a jab at Mussolini who excavated the area and is said to have hated cats).
- Temple of Hadrianus, Borsa di Roma, piazza di Pietra. The temple of Emperor Hadrianus was consecrated in 145 by Emperor Antoninus Pius. The remains of the antique temple were incorportated into a new buliding that served as Papal Customs House, which was finished around 1690 by architect Carlo Fontana. Today, the building accomodates the city's stock exchange (Borsa di Roma).
- Chiesa del Gesù, Via degli Astalli, 16 (Piazza del Gesù; not far from piazza Venezia, towards Largo di Torre Argentina.), ☎ +39 06 69 70 01, . 7AM to noon, 4PM to 7PM. This is the Jesuits' church in Rome. The interior is Baroque art on steroids. Simply astounding.
- Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, Corso del Rinascimento, 40, ☎ 066864987. Su 9AM to noon, closed Jul and Aug. This little church is hard to find but well worth the extra effort although it is often closed when you get there; it's Borromini's masterpiece. It is located only a block from piazza Navona, but is not usually visible from the street, as one must enter the courtyard of an old palazzo to reach the church. Sant'Ivo is a small church, the dome of which is shaped like the Star of David with every other point rounded. The steeple seen from the outside looks like it has a staircase wrapped around it that ascends to heaven. As the church was commissioned by the Barberini family that produced a number of Popes and whose family symbol was the bee, some say the steeple resembles the stinger of the insect...
- Santa Maria sopra Minerva, piazza della Minerva 42, ☎ 066793926, . M-Sa 7AM to 7PM, Su 8AM to 1PM, 3 to 7PM, monastery M-Sa 9AM to noon, 4 to 6.30PM. This church is literally right next to the Pantheon. It is Rome's only Gothic church and well worth looking inside, although its plain square façade makes it look inconspicuous from outside. Excellent stained glass windows.
- San Luigi dei Francesi, Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi, 5, ☎ 066882718. * Sant'Ignazio, 8 A Via del Caravita. Not far from the Pantheon, lies a stunning example of Baroque art. The ceiling frescoes are especially fine, including a trompe l'oeil dome by the master Andrea Pozzo.
- Sant'Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona, ☎ 0668192134. Tu-Sa 9AM to noon, 4 to 7PM. by Borromini, reputed to be on the spot where St. Agnes was martyred in the fourth century A.D. This lovely basilica church is small with an almost circular interior; it seems to be open only until noon.
- Santa Maria dell'Anima, Via di Santa Maria dell'Anima 66, ☎ 066828181. 9AM to 1PM, 3 to 7PM. with the tomb of Pope Hadrian IV, the last Non-Italian pope before Pope John Paul II.
- Santa Maria della Pace, Vicolo dell'Arco della Pace 5, ☎ 066861156. Tu-F 10AM to noon. The church was built by order of Pope Sixtus VI della Rovere. The campanile was erected in 1504 by Bramaante and the church has frescoes of the 4 sibyls by Raphael in its interior.
Historical Squares and Streets
- Campo de' Fiori. If it is sunny, you'll catch a few young people and older gentlemen sitting at the base of a statue in the middle of the open space. The statue is a brooding, hooded Giordano Bruno - an excommunicated Dominican monk and one of the earliest cosmologists who held the idea of an infinite universe - who was burnt at the stake for heresy on this spot on 17 Feb. 1600. The piazza is used as a marketplace during the day, and party central for college students and tourists at night. When the sky gets dark and the street lamps go on, Campo de' Fiori fills with people and lovers wander arm in arm in the crowd. Over the buzzing of conversation and the occasional burst of laughter you may hear a young vocalist belt out an incongruous O Sole Mio at the top of his lungs as change plunks into his accordion case.
- Piazza Navona, the pride of Baroque Rome, was established towards the end of the 15th century, and preserves the shape of the ancient Stadium of Domitian. The buildings surrounding the square stand where the spectators once sat, watching the chariots racing; the square remains completely unspoilt by traffic and modern buildings. Today, the square is an immensely popular place to sip a cappuccino, shop, and watch street performers. Behind the piazza, at the northern end, you can still see remains of the racing stadium well below the current ground level. Amongst the various monuments of the square monuments, look especially for the two Baroque masterpieces by Bernini and Borromini.
- Piazza Colonna. There lies the building of the Italian Senate, Palazzo Madama. Also, there is a marvelous carved column (hence the name) dating back to Imperial Rome.
Bernini's elephant statue outside the Minerva church
- Piazza della Minerva. A small piazza just behind the Pantheon. The centerpiece is a statue of an elephant by Bernini with an ancient obelisk on its back.
- Piazza di Sant'Ignazio. Small and attractive piazza tucked away in a neighborhood near Pantheon.
- Piazza di Monte Citorio. There you can find the building of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Palazzo Chigi.
- Piazza Pasquino. Small square about 20m from piazza Navona, behind the Brazilian embassy. There's a statue named "Pasquino" - according to a legend, it was named after a tailor who used to work nearby and had a reputation for nagging. The statue has been used for the past three centuries as a place to hang messages, complaints and other irriverent pamphlets which have to be shared with the city; the statue in question is probably an ancient Roman portrait of Hercules. The piazza is also home to Cul de Sac, one of the best enoteche in Rome.
- Via Giulia. An example of urban planning that goes back to Pope Julius II who, in 1508, envisioned it as a street that would connect all major government buildings. It is around a kilometre long and is in a straight line, an unusual feature for the time. It is lined with some interesting palaces, but these days is more known for its antique shops. Via Giulia runs parallel with and one block from the Tiber river.
- Via della Gatta (Cat Street). Via della Gatta connects Palazzo Doria-Pamphili with Palazzo Grazioli. The sculpture of the cat is on one of the corners of Palazzo Grazioli
- Via de' Coronari, (buses: #40, #46, #62, #64, #70, #81, #87, #115, #116, #186, #280 and #492). In the Middle Ages, pilgrims on their way to St. Peter's had to pass through via de' Coronari in order to cross the Tiber at ponte Sant'Angelo; this street got its name from the people who sold rosaries to the pilgrims. It follows the ancient via Recta, which led from what is today piazza Colonna to the Tiber. In the 15th century, Pope Sixtus IV initiated the construction of private buildings. Today, serveral houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries may be seen; the house at #156/157 is said to have been the House of Fiammetta, the mistress of Cesare Borgia
- Via del Governo Vecchio, (buses #40, #46, #62 and #64). The street is named after the Palazzo del Governo Vecchio, the seat of the Papal government in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was part of the via Papalis which connected the Lateran to St.Peter's. The Houses at #104 and #106 date to the 15th century. There are also some houses from the 16th century. The palace at #123 was intended to be the residence of Bramante. The Palazzo del Governo Vecchio is situated just opposite.
- Palazzo della Cancelleria, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (Piazza della Cancelleria). This remarkable building served as the site of the Apostolic Chancellory - or offices of the Pope - for centuries, and now houses a Vatican court.
- Palazzo Farnese, Piazza Farnese 67, ☎ +39 06 68892818. phone for opening times. Since 1871 this has been the French embassy. This sixteenth-century palace houses a library of collections by the French Institute of Rome, particularly on Roman archaeology. Note the two beautiful fountains in the piazza.
- Palazzo della Sapienza, Corso Rinascimento 9 (buses: #70, #81, #87 and #492; close to piazza Navona), ☎ +39 06 686 4987. This building housed the University of Rome from the 15th century until 1935. The splendid interior courtyard was created by Giacomo della Porta. The church of Sant'Ivo alla sapienza, located inside, is one of Borromini's masterpieces.
- Palazzo Altemps (Branch of the National Roman Museum), Via di Sant'Apollinare 8 (buses: #70, #81, #87 and #492), ☎ +39 06 6897091, . 09.00-19.45 except Mondays. Simple and elegant lines make up this building, whose construction began in 1480 for Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, and was taken up by architect Martino Longhi for the new owner, cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps. Today, it houses one of the branches of the National Roman Museum, showcasing Renaissance sculptures and an interesting Egyptian collection. 10 euros (6,50 for EU citizens of ages 18-24) gives admission to this and the three other National Roman Museums.
- Palazzo Taverna, Via di Monte Giordano. The building is in one of the most hidden corners of the city centre, between piazza Navona and Castel Sant'Angelo. It served as residence for the Orsini family but nowadays it is private property and one can only glance at the courtyard with the amazing fountain inside (erected in 1618 by architect Antonio Casoni). However, the brief gaze is worth it.
- Palazzo Crivelli, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 22. This building, also known as the "Doll House", was built in the 16th century and it's unique for the quantity and quality of the decorations - lion heads, satyrs and disfigured heads that adorn the facade (attributed to the sculptor Giulio Mazzoni).
- Palazzo Spada, Piazza Capo di Ferro. This building was erected in the 16th century for cardinal Girolamo Capodiferro. A century later it was acquired by another powerful cardinal, Bernardino Spada, and was restored by Borromini - who also created the optical illusion in the arcaded courtyard.
- Palazzo Madama, Corso del Rinascimento, ☎ 0667061, . every 1st Sat in a month 10AM to 6PM. This palace 16th-century palace was built by the famous Medici family. It was the residence of cardinals Giovanni and Giuliano Medici (who will be later known as Popes Leo X and Clemens VII). Catherine of Medici, Pope Clemens VII's niece, lived here until her marriage in 1553 with Prince Henry, the son of King Francis I of France. The palace is named after madama Margaret of Austria, the illigitimate daughter of Emperor Charles V. Since 1871, it houses of the Italian Senate.
- Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 141. chapel only open on March 16 7AM to noon. The palace was built by the architect Baldassare Peruzzi on behalf of the Massimo family. The previous palace was destroyed during the Sack of Rome in 1527. The Massimo family is said to date back to Quintus Fabius Maximus who defeated Hannibal in the 3rd cent BC. The building is open to the public on March 16th only in order to commemorate the reanimation of Paolo Massimo by St. Filippo Neri in 1538.
- Palazzo del Collegio Romano, Piazza del Collegio Romano. The Collegio Romano was a college of the Jesuite order. Many Popes, cardinals and bishops were educated here. Since 1870 it is a secular high school. The coat of arms on the doorway is that of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585). The tower was erected in 1787 and served as observatory and, until 1925, all clocks in Rome followed the signal of the Collegio Romano
- Hosteria dell'Orso (Bear's Inn), Via dei Soldati 25 (buses: #70, #81, #116, #186, #204, #280, #492 and #628). M-Sa 8AM to 1PM. a historical inn where reputedly the Italian poet Dante Aligheri and the 16th-century French writers François Rabelais and Michel de Montaigne lived.
- Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), by Bernini. Located at the very centre of piazza Navona, it incorporates an Egyptian obelisk and symbolises four of the world's great rivers (the Ganges, the Nile, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata), which represented the four continents known at the time.
- Fontana del Moro (Fountain of the Moor), Piazza Navona. At the southern end of the square, this fountain was designed by Bernini but the statue of the Moor was done by Giacomo della Porta while the other statues are 19th-century copies of the originals.
- Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune). A 19th century addition to the square, made to balance the Fontana del Moro
- Fontanella del Facchino ((Fountain of the Porter)), Via Lata. Like Pasquino, the faccchino is one of the talking statues that are peculiar to Rome; it's located on the Banco di Roma building; the man depicted is carrying water by holding a barrel in his hands. He's said to look similar to Martin Luther - but probably, the man depicted is a porter who died while carrying a barrel.
- Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj, Piazza del Collegio Romano 2, entrance: via del Corso, 305 (buses: #64, #81, #85, #117, #119 and #492), ☎ +39 06 6797323, . F-W 10AM to 5PM, closed Jan 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, Auf 15, Dec 25. €11.
- Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I (buses: #70, #81, #87, #116, #186, #280 and #492), ☎ 0668806286, . Tu-Su 9AM to 7PM, closed jan 1, May 1 Dec 25. The museum is dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte and his family. After Napoleon's death, in 1821, the Pope gave permission to his family to settle down in Rome; his sister married Prince Camillo Borghese.
- Palazzo Altemps (branch of the National Museum of Rome (Museo Nazionale Romano)), Piazza Sant'Apollinare 46 (buses: #70, #81, #87, #115, #116, #280, #492 and #628 (Corso del Rinascimento)), ☎ 0639967700, . Tue to Dun 9AM to 7.30PM, closed Jan1, Dec 25. See Historical Buildings € 10,00 standard adult/€ 6,50 EU citizens age 18-24 for access to all four National Museum of Rome sites.
- Crypta Balbi (branch of the National Museum of Rome), Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31 (buses: H, #30, #40, #46, #62, #63, #64, #70, #87, #119, #130, #186, #190, #271, #492, #571, #630, #780, #810 and #916 - tram #8, stops: Arenula/Cairoli or Venezia), ☎ +39.06.39967700, . Tue to Dun 9AM to 7.45PM, closed Jan1, Dec 25. This museum is built on top of the excavation site of the Balbi Crypt, a building from the first century A.D. which underwent considerable modifications in the following centuries. Through the building's history, the museum gives us glimpses of what Roman life across the ages was like. Free visits of the ruins are possible. The Essedra ruins are only accessible on Saturdays and Sundays, at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. € 10,00 standard adult/€ 6,50 EU citizens age 18-24 for access to all four National Museum of Rome sites.
Columns, Obeliks and Statues
- Column of Marcus Aurelius.
- Montecitorio Obelisk.
- Obelisk at Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Piazza della Minerva (buses: #116 and all lines on via del Corso and corso Vittorio Emanuele II). Bernini's masterpiece, an obelisk on the back of an elephant
- Piè di Marmo (Marble Foot), Via di Santo Stefano del Cacco (bus 62,63,64,70,81,116,186,492). The marble foot belonged to a temple of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris.
- Wander the stalls of the Campo de' Fiori market. From farm fresh vegetables to spices to kitchen implements - it is a colorful and busy place.
- Wander around the side streets, particularly those between piazza Navona and the river. There are still many artisans' shops and away from the tourist areas it is sometimes difficult to believe that you are in a major city.
- Teatro Argentina, Largo Argentina 56, ☎ 0668804601, .
- Teatro Valle, Via del Teatro Valle 21, ☎ 0668803794, .
Campo de' Fiori is one of the oldest open air markets in Rome. The day starts as early as 3:30AM, when the first "fruttivendolo" drive up, and by 8AM, under wide umbrellas, tables overflow with an abundance of brightly colored fruit and vegetables. At the eastern end, near one of the best sandwich shops in all of Rome, is the flower stand absolutely bursting in color and fragrance. Campo de' Fiori is filled with tourists, school groups, families and musicians until 3PM, when the booths are taken down, packed into cars, carts and trucks with the produce and driven away, and a loud, white, behemoth of a street cleaner sweeps through the square, cleaning up left over greens, wrappers and trash.
- Cooking for yourself. In Campo de' Fiori you won't have any trouble finding food shops and there's also a food market right in the square in the morning. Cooking at home is cheap.
- Aristocampo, Piazza della Cancelleria, 93 (On the closest corner opposite the Drunken Ship). Offers delicious sandwiches.
- Chagat at 66th (Kosher Fast food), Via S. Maria del Pianto 66 (Jewish ghetto), ☎ +397(0)6/6861267. 10AM-10:30PM. Kosher fast food Known as the orange fast food in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto 5 euros shwarma.
- Cul de Sac, Piazza Pasquino 73 (Near Piazza Navona), ☎ 06-68801094. Kitchen works until 1AM. In Aug, closed for 2 weeks. One of the best enoteca in Rome, serving a wide range of small dishes. The pate selection is a must-try. However, off-hours service is slow.
- Della Palma, Via della Maddalena 20 (at Via delle Coppelle), ☎ +39 06 68806752. Located just a couple blocks north of the Pantheon, this is an excellent gelateria with 140 different flavors. Prices are very reasonable. Vegan soy gelato also available.
- Forno di Campo de' Fiori, Campo de' Fiori. For lunch in try the Forno , a traditional bread shop that makes one of the best kinds of pizza bread in Rome. With your back to the Giordano Bruno statue in the middle of the square, the Forno is at the bottom of the square to the left.
- Gelateria Giolitti, Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40. Originally opened in 1800, very popular among tourists - and the late Pope John Paul II was known to be a regular customer. It used to make the best ice cream in Rome, but the quality has steadily declined. About €4 for a large cup and €2 for a regular cone.
- Il Bacaro, Via degli Spagnoli 27, ☎ +39.06.6872554, . You’d never know that you are three minutes walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Via degli Spagnoli is tiny, leafy and quiet. Il Bacaro seats about 24 inside and even fewer outside under the shade of an ancient vine. Great selection of wine. In general a great stop for a romantic meal in the Eternal City.
- Il Portico, Via del Portico di Ottavia, 1/E (in the Jewish Ghetto). Small indoor/outdoor restaurant with local cuisine. Must tries include the Roman specialty "trippa", tripe simmered in a light tomato sauce and sprinkled generously with parmasean. Risotto is also fantastic. The staff is warm and friendly, if not with a full grasp of the English language.
- La Taverna Del Ghetto, Via Portico d'Ottavia 8, ☎ 06.688.09.771, . Meat restaurant, excellent lamb dishes.
- Pizzeria da Baffetto, Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, ☎ +39.06.6861617. Old-fashioned, family feel pizzeria near Piazza Navona & the Pantheon, unarguably serving some of the best pizzas in Rome. Usually crowded but well-worth the occasional queuing.
- Pyramid, (In a side lane past the Drunken Ship towards Piazza Farnese). Egyptian-owned, has nice felafel, kebab and shishtaouk sandwiches.
- Supperclub, Via de'Nari, 14 (Pantheon), ☎ 06 6880 7207, . Don't come to supperclub if you're in search of a traditional restaurant, have lazy taste buds or are scared of new experiences. However, if you're looking for an unusual dinner experience in an unexpected place and are not afraid to discover the creative corners of your personality, then knock on supperclub's door. Have fun, eat, listen, dance and enjoy your evening.
- Tapa Loca, Via di Tor Millina 5 (Near Piazza Navona), ☎ 06 68 32 266. Spanish food.
- Taverna Lucifero, Campo de' Fiori, Via dei Cappellari 28 (small street off of Campo De Fiori plaza), ☎ 06 68805536, . 6pm-10ish pm. A hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. As of summer 2012, not too crowded - it seems people haven't found it yet. All seating is inside. Don't miss the eggplant appetizer, mozzarella+tomato appetizer, lemoncello liquor, tiramisu and chocolate mousse. $$-$$$$.
Among the two most popular bars in Campo de' Fiori, particularly for American backpackers and exchange students, are Sloppy Sam's and the Drunken Ship. Both are nice for a quiet afternoon drink but are usually quite noisy at night, with specials most nights to encourage business.
- Caffè Novecento, Via del Governo Vecchio 12 (behind the Pantheon and Piazza Navona), ☎ 066865242. Closes at 10PM. Offers a very good variety of cakes, sweets, coffee and tea. The furnishing are nice, with couches as seats at some tables. Prices are mid-high range but worth every single cent.
- Caffè Giolitti, Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40 (behind the Pantheon and Piazza Navona), ☎ 066991243. 7AM to 1PM. An elegant coffe house in the Liberty style (the Italian version of the Belle Epoque), opened 1900. It offered the best ice cream in Rome, but today it's rather far from being the top.
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- B&B Campo de'Fiori, Via dei Giubbonari, 43 (Near Piazza Campo de'Fiori), ☎ +39 06 68892351, Fax: +39 06 68892351, . Modern design in a building dating back to 1600. Non smoking rooms with A/C, tv, safe, free wifi. Private bathroom with shower. Twin: €100-180.
- Best Pantheon, c. Vittorio Emanuele II, 21 (Piazza Navona), ☎ +39 33 58714840, . A relatively new B&B with very modern decor. Four rooms with A/C, satellite TV, and DVD players + movies. Doubles: €120-200.
- FortySeven Hotel, Via Petroselli 47 (near Ponte Palatino), ☎ +39 06 6787816, . A modern hotel with quite spacious rooms, hot breakfast, nice fitness facility, and a rooftop restaurant/bar with gorgeous views. Walking distance to Trastevere. €210-370.
- Maison Giulia, Via Giulia 189/A, ☎ 06 68808325, . Guesthouse near Campo de Fiori and Trastevere. Double room starting from €90. (41.8935844374687,12.470625042915344)
- Moses Fountain Guest House, Via 20 Settembre 98L, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A modern guest house located in the historical city centre. All rooms have jacuzzi bathrooms. From €180.
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- Hotel Portoghesi, Via dei Portoghesi, 1 (short walk north of Piazza Navona. Next to the church of S.Antonio dei Portoghesi.), ☎ +39 06 6864231 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +39 06 6876976), . Externally attractive hotel in a relatively quiet area of a busy part of town. €160+.
- Hotel Raphael, Largo Febo, 2, ☎ +39 06 682831 (email@example.com, fax: +39 06 6878993), . Behind an ivy-covered facade on a narrow side street behind the Piazza Navona. The first floor houses a collection of Mayan art and original ceramics by Picasso; the third floor and its rooms were designed by Richard Meier. The restaurant is expensive but of very high quality. The (also expensive) rooftop terrace and bar is beautiful and has excellent views over the city, particularly of the Vatican. €200-350.
- Pantheon Royal Suite, Piazza della rotonda 7, ☎ +39 0668805002 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +39 0668804365), . A boutique hotel beside the Pantheon. Rooms are modern and comfortable with clean linens. The receptionists are friendly and helpful. €110 - 210.
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- Residenza Frattina, Via Frattina 107, ☎ +39 066783553, . Town House Hotel near the Vatican. Features 9 individual rooms with private bathrooms, decorated in classic Roman style. Tea and coffee maker, wi-fi internet, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV. Up to €300.
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- Albergo del Sole, via del Biscione, 76 (Between Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori), ☎ +39 06 6880 6873, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 11:00. Located in the historical centre, just a few metres from Campo de' Fiori, 50 meters from Piazza Navona, 10 minutes from St. Peter’s and the Colosseum. The Staff is amazingly nice and there are always special offers and rates. I highly recommend it!! Viva Albergo del Sole! €120.00.
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- Accommodation in Rome (Accommodation & Culture in Rome), Rome, Via San Giovanni Decollato 10, ☎ +390698184459, . http://www.accomodationsrome.com Quality selection of fully furnished apartments for weekly or monthly rentals. Rome Apartments for Families, Luxury Apartments, Villas, Penthouses with terraces, apartments low cost and Long Term Rentals. email email@example.com
- Temple View Rome – Largo de Ginnasi, 2 - 00186 Rome, Italy  Telephone +39 06 68805382 . The Temple View is a guest house of Rome with double and twin bedrooms. All with private bath, power shower, satellite TV and Wi-Fi access. Rates available starting from 102 Euros, with the breakfast included.
- Stay in Rome (Stay in Rome), Via di Capo le Case 10, ☎ +393357362224, . Boutique apartments at the very heart of Rome 180 €.
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