Rome Vacations

Rome Vacations

RELIGIOUS HOUSING

Don’t automatically think cheap; some of the most popular religious accommodations run up to ‚155 for a single. A few still require letters of introduction from local dioceses, but most are open to people of all religious backgrounds. Most are single-sex with early curfews, church services, and light chores.

Domus Nova Bethlehem, V. Cavour 85A (06 478 244 1 or 06 478 825 11; www.suorebam- binogesu.it). Walk down V. Cavour from Termini, past P.d. Esquilino on the right. A clean, modern, and centrally located hotel. Curfew lam. All rooms come with AC, private bath, safe, TV, and phone. Breakfast included. Singles ‚70; doubles ‚100; triples ‚129; quads ‚148. AmExMCV.

Santa Maria Alle Fornaci, P.S. Maria alie Fornaci 27 ( 06 393 676 32; ciffor- naci@tin.it). Facing St. Peter’s Basilica, take a left (through a gate in the basilica walls) onto V.d. Fornace. Take the 3rd right onto V.d. Gasperi, which leads to P.S. Maria alle Fornaci. This casa per ferie, in the Trinitarian tradition of hospitality, has 54 rooms, each with a private bath and phone. Simple, small, and clean. No curfew. Breakfast included. Singles ‚50; doubles ‚80; triples ‚110. AmExMCV. O La Fraterna Domus di Roma, V. Monte Brianzo 62 (06 68 80 27 27; domusrm@tin.it). From Ponte Umberto, bear left onto V. Monte Brianzo. Take a right on V. Cancello; the entrance is at V. Cancello 6. A safe haven from the noise and commotion of the Centro Storico. Simple rooms with their own bathrooms, and friendly nuns. Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner ‚12. Curfew 11pm. Singles ‚48; doubles ‚78; triples ‚98. O

WOMEN’S HOUSING

YWCA Foyer di Roma, V. C. Balbo 4 (06 488 04 60). From Termini, take V. Cavour, turning right onto V. Torino and then the 1st left onto V. C. Balbo. The YWCA (pronounced EEV-kah and known as the Casa per Studentesse) is a pretty, clean, and secure hostel. Breakfast included. Tell reception by 10am if you want lunch (served 1- 2pm; ‚11). Reception 7am-midnight. Curfew midnight. Check-out 10am. Singles ‚37, with bath ‚47; doubles ‚6274; triples ‚78; quads ‚104. Extra bed ‚26. Associazione Cattolica Internazionale al Servizio della Giovane, V. Urbana 158 (06 4890 45 23; www.acisjf.it). From P. Esquilino (in front of Santa Maria Maggiore), walk down V.d. Pretis and turn left. Church-run establishment that arranges housing for women ages 18-25, of any religion. The garden is fantastic, the 10pm curfew (midnight on Sa and Su) less so. Open M-Sa 6:30am-10pm, Su 7am-10pm. 5- or 8-bed dorms ‚16; doubles ‚28; triples ‚57. 0

FOOD

Traditional Roman cuisine is not generally ranked among the best in Italy, but the city has excellent restaurants specializing in both regional Italian and international cuisine. Lunch is typically the main meal, although some Romans now eat lunch on the go during the week. Restaurants tend to close between 3 and 7:30pm.

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