Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Rome budget hotels but often includes Rome bed and breakfast accomodations. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos of both a tourist attraction and the reviewed budget hotels or bed and breakfast accomodation. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Villa Borghese, Rome budget hotel.
The Villa Borghese district is situated in north central Rome. It is an upscale part of Rome and includes Rome’s largest public park, Villa Borghese. Don’t miss the "Giardino del Lago,” an artificial lake with an Ionic temple dedicated to Aesculapius, the god of health. Spending time in this spectacular setting should be good for your health. In the northeastern sector of the park you’ll find the Galleria Borghese, a villa built for Cardinal Borghese in 1615 that somehow seems out of place with vows of poverty. This building hosts a great collection of art and antiques. You’ll need a reservation. For another aspect of Roman life visit the Piazza del Populo (Square of the People), west of the Villa Borghese and enter the Santa Maria del Populo Church that has a great art collection including a Raphael and two Caravaggios. If this isn’t enough north of the park is the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna with exhibits by so many of the greats. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Bed and Breakfast Piazza del Popolo Rome.
The Bed and Breakfast Suites Piazza del Popolo has only three guest rooms so don’t even think about arriving unannounced at the last minute. The three rooms may be rented as an apartment for a maximum of eight people. You’ll get an Italian Continental breakfast that should keep you going for quite some time. This is a non-smoking property. The address is Via Flaminia 215, 00196 Roma. The Bed and Breakfast Suites Piazza del Popolo website is www.suitespiazzadelpopolo.com
Hotel Santa Constanza.
The recently redecorated Hotel Santa Constanza was built in 1950. It is close to the Villa Borghese area and has 74 rooms, 50 doubles and the rest singles. Breakfast is included and there is an on-site bar and lounge. The address is Viale Xx1 Aprile, 4, Rome, 00162. The Hotel Santa Costanza website is http://www.santacostanzahotel.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Latium or other Italian wines.
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