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Hotel Santa Maria
Rome, Lazio, Italy|www.hotelsantamariatrastevere.it|
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Places to stay on Rome’s lively left bank are few and far between, and this three-star hotel in a handsome 17th-century cloister filled with orange trees is one of the best. It’s a peaceful enclave in the centre of one of Rome’s liveliest, most authentic districts. Trastevere’s buzzing trattorias and bars are on the doorstep.
Rooms in the former monks’ cells are sunny, if a touch austere. They’re all similar, and look out onto the garden cloister where breakfast is served; those off the second, smaller courtyard are quieter. The various two-level suites, sleeping up to six, are great for families
It’s an ideal choice for couples or families who want to visit Rome’s sights while experiencing local life away from the main tourist vortices. The Vatican and the heart of medieval Rome are a 10-15 minute walk away just over the Tiber bridges.
Just beyond the hotel’s peaceful courtyard waits Rome’s original working-class district, a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and ochre and pink townhouses draped in ivy, now filled with hip restaurants, bars and boutiques that draw both locals and tourists, especially in the evening.
The beautiful church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest in the city, is close by, while the panoramic Gianicolo hill, Villa Doria Pamphili park and Vatican City are 15-20 minutes’ walk away.
The hotel loans out free bikes to guests, great for touring the banks of the Tiber or the nearby gardens of the Villa Doria Pamphili.
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