I Love Touring Rome, Italy – Via Veneto District Hotels

Italy Travel Notes presents: By Levi Reiss

Via Veneto is in many ways the center of Rome. This fabulous street was immortalized in Fellini’s famous La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). When you’re done shopping, people watching, eating, drinking, and simply enjoying La Dolce Vita on the Via Veneto there are several tourist sights worth visiting in this upscale neighborhood. Don’t miss the Seventeenth Century Palazzo Barberini now home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) and the Neoclassical Palazzo Margherita, which hosts the American Embassy. You should also visit some nearby historic fountains and churches. 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.

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The Domus Pinciania is a new bed and breakfast located on the ground floor of a typical Roman palace. Unlike many other such lodgings, its reception area is open around the clock. This is a non-smoking property that includes a panoramic terrace. There are only four rooms so you better reserve early. The address is Via Campania, 61/a – 00187 – Rome.

The Hotel Priscilla is a four-story building that was renovated in 2008 and includes a piano bar and a restaurant. It offers a reading room and a TV room so you can rest after a tough day hanging around watching the beautiful people. There are 43 rooms including singles and triples. The address is Via Calabria, 17 – 00187 – Rome.

Perhaps because the Hotel Locarno starred in a 1978 movie of the same name it is said to be popular with the movie people. This is one finely decorated hotel. There’s a bar on the panoramic roof garden. The rooms are spacious but some are dark. The Hotel provides free of charge bicycles for exploring Rome. Watch the traffic. There are 64 rooms and 2 suites. The hotel address is Via della Penna 22 00186 – Rome.

The Regina Hotel Baglioni boasts five stars and does not come cheap. It has eight floors and provides access and rooms for the disabled. It offers a variety of dining options. There is a spa and wellness center and this hotel is well equipped for business meetings. It is part of a European chain of upscale hotels. The suites are decorated in Art Deco style and all rooms are finely furnished. The address is Via Vittorio Veneto, 72 – 00187 – Rome.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian, French, or other wine, accompanied by the right foods and spend time with his wife and family. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Among his many web sites he is particularly proud of his Italian travel site with a special focus on regional food and wine at http://www.travelitalytravel.com. Check out his global wine website at http://www.theworldwidewine.com with his weekly column reviewing $10 wines and his new sections writing about (theory) and tasting (practice) organic and kosher wines, and now upscale wines.

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