By Courtney Singer
Rome
Italy
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One of the world’s great cities, Rome, Italy is a mix of ancient grandeur and modern elegance.  Roman ruins and Italian couture stand cheek to cheek in this unique metropolis; the Pope gives centuries old blessings to the masses recording him on cell phones.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit this blend of old and new, a place that truly has something for every taste.

Rome is quite easily accessible, with multiple airports and a train station.  The two airports near Rome are the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and the Ciampino International Airport (CIA). If you are flying into Rome from a non-European country, you will probably fly into Fiumincino; Ciampino is typically used by the smaller budget airlines which fly around Europe. You can purchase your air tickets through EscapeWizard.com. To do so, please use the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  When booking hotel accommodations, please look below at our top selections of hotels within the city of Rome. This can be accessed by following this link to the hotel section of our website (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

A prime example of Roman ingenuity and an excellent location to start your tour, the Colosseum dominates the landscape. Climb the cement stairs (the Romans invented cement, allowing them to build such mammoth structures) to get a view of the gladiatorial staging area. The actual stage has long since been demolished, but that is all the better to show the maze of tunnels and elevators used to lift the men and beasts into the arena. 

Right outside of Colosseum is Palatine Hill.  Palatine Hill was the traditional area reserved for the palaces of the Roman elite.  Notable notables that built their homes on the mound include Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Mussolini.  Also, on your way to the Hill make sure to note the towering Arch of Constantine.  Built to commemorate the victory of Constantine over Maxentius in the battle of the Milivan Bridge, the arch also symbolizes the legalization of Christianity. 

The Palatine Hill looks down upon the Forum on one side, and the Circus Maximus on the other.  Once you are done roaming through the remains of the royal homesteads, make your way down to either. The Circus Maximus is a giant earthen oval, once used to stage chariot races. The Roman Forum served as the center of Roman life for hundreds of years. Temples, markets, granaries, basilicas, etc. were all located in this outdoor community space. Specific sights to see: the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins/the Temple of Vesta, Temple of Saturn, and Tabularium.

After marveling at the grandeur of Ancient Rome, it is time to move on to the Holy Roman Empire.  And this, of course, requires a visit to the Vatican. Technically a separate city-state, the home of the Holy See resides in the northwestern section of Rome. To wander through the incredibly ornate and gargantuan St. Peter’s is free, but the Vatican museums are not.  An entire day is recommended for the museums as the immensity of the collections cannot be overstated.  At the end of the Classical Antiquities section of the museums, visitors are funneled into the world famous Sistine Chapel.  EscapeWizard.com suggests checking online for information about Papal addresses or ceremonies; to see the Pope is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Please see our profile on Vatican City for more detailed information.

For a glimpse of modern day Roma, head towards the Via del Corso. The Corso, as it is commonly known, ambles by many historically important monuments, temples, and cathedrals.  More uniquely however, this wide street houses some of the most important Italian designers around today. Grab a gelato and walk along the cobble stones, admiring the both the couture and clientele of the best fashion Houses.   

A pillar in the temple of human achievement, to see Rome is to go back in time. Though Roma follows along with the other great modern cities of the world, offering the same commodities and amenities, it was once (twice!) the seat of immense power. To visit Rome is to witness greatness. Just click the link above to start planning your Roman adventure with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Rome
By Annabeth Simon
St. Regis Rome
Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3 00185 Rome, Italy
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When planning a visit to Rome, look no further for your ideal hotel than the St. Regis. Located in the center of Rome, the beautiful St. Regis is within walking distance of many historic sites. Check in for the hotel begins at 2 p.m., while check out is at noon.

St. Regis offers a wide variety of guest rooms and suites for all your traveling needs. The guest rooms vary in size, but they all feature a king, queen, or two twin beds as well as writing tables, telephones, mini-bars, and armchairs. Standard amenities include a television, cable, in-room movies, a safe, and a unique fresco depicting a Roman scene. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, as is turndown and wake up service. Guests can purchase wireless high-speed Internet access for a per day fee. Amenities for families with children are available upon request. For those travelers looking for a residence more like home, the luxurious St. Regis offers five exceptional suites.

St. Regis strives to provide all the necessities for your trip away from home. For those traveling with children, the hotel offers enriching activities and personal care throughout your stay. The business center is capable of handling all your production needs. Other amenities include a spa and fitness center, a private diplomatic entrance, a butler and concierge service, and complimentary Internet access in the lobby, the bar, and the restaurant.

Located in the heart of beautiful Rome, St. Regis is in close proximity to a variety of sites and activities. For the avid history buff, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Villa Borghese are all within walking distance. Many other historic sites are in the nearby vicinity. St. Regis is the perfect hotel for those travelers looking to explore all that Rome has to offer. To assist you in booking your stay, click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Rome
By Jessica Brady
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge
Viale Liegi 62, Rome, Italy
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The Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge is located close to the city center and Galleria Borghese. Only walking distance to the beautiful gardens. Check in time is 2 p.m.  Reservations required for parking as well as a fee.  Valet offered for a fee as well.  The lobby is exquisitely decorated with white modern furniture and offers plethora of light from etched window panes.  Upon early arrival they have luggage hold or baggage storage. There are airport transfers available. 

The hotel offers luxurious garden sleep system beds in every room; they are adjustable to accommodate bed preference. Rooms available to choose from are 1-king bed room, 1-queen bed room, 1-single bed room or 2-single bed room. Suites are available adding a living room area to guest rooms with an added sleeper sofa.   Each room is gorgeously set up with duvet covers on beds and a contemporary design. Business or pleasure guest will enjoy a generously sized desk and ergonomic chair along with free Wi-Fi. To make the stay more comfortable each room is equipped with a mini-fridge, coffee and tea maker as well as HD television.

The hotel offers world class amenities such as room service from the onsite contemporary restaurant Claridge as well as a 24 hour market called Pavilion Pantry. Hotel has an executive 24 hour business center where equipment can be rented, copies made and faxes sent.  The fitness center and wellness zone including a sauna and Turkish bath are the perfect way to relax and experience the serene environment of Rome.  The conveniently located concierge desk and tour desk located in lobby are available to assist guests.  Make sure to stop and get a shoe shine at the stand inside hotel.  Spirits are sold at the bar/lounge area as well

Guest  check out is by 12 p.m.  EscapeWizard.com can assist you with your reservations by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Rome
By Summer Brons
Westin Excelsior
Via Vittorio Veneto 125, Rome, Italy
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Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has set the standard for luxury lodging in Rome. With a fantastic location in the Via Veneto district, the Excelsior gives travelers prime access to the finest offerings of the city. Popular area attractions include the Capitoline Museums, the Vatican Museum, Circo Massimo, Villa Borghese and Domus Aurea. A lively nightlife also awaits those who seek activity long after the sun sets over Rome.
 
With its luxurious amenities, the Westin Excelsior is nearly a destination all of its own. Enjoy working out in the 3200 square foot health club, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool, Turkish bath and a full service spa. Hit the Beauty & Relax Spa afterwards for a relaxing massage or pampering beauty treatment. The Westin Excelsior features 14,000 square feet of available meeting space, making it the perfect venue for everything from important business functions to glamorous weddings. A knowledgeable, friendly concierge staff is also available to assist with dining, entertainment, shopping and even city tour selections.
 
Excelsior offers its own selection of outstanding dining options, too. Enjoy the charm of a sidewalk cafe at Doney Restaurant, grab a cocktail with friends at ORVM, or mingle with the elite Roman locals at the high-class H Club>Doney.
 
Westin Excelsior hosts 281 guest rooms and 35 suites, any of which you'll be pleased to retire to after a long day exploring Rome. Standard features include a Westin Heavenly Bed, flat screen television, work desk, available internet access and a luxurious bathroom experience complete with bathrobe, slippers and upscale Westin bath amenities. Additional features are available in Deluxe and Grandluxe rooms, as well as an array of awe-inspiring suites including the truly special Villa Cupola.
 
For a special treat when visiting the Eternal City, you'll certainly feel pampered at the Westin Excelsior. Book your stay in these magnificant accommodations with EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Rome
By D. Gregory Perrin
Holiday Inn Express
Via Assisi 53, Rome, Italy
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During your next vacation in Rome, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends checking out the Holiday Inn Express. Vacationers only have to commute a short distance from the airport which makes the Holiday Inn Express very convenient. This hotel has an amazing staff that will help accommodate all of your needs. There are employees of the hotel that can speak a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. There are 120 rooms in the hotel, in which 7 of them meet the needs of accessible travelers. Guests can check in at 2 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into the city. Vacationers traveling with valuables can check in their valuables at the front desk to be stored in the hotel’s safe deposit box. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend this option, especially when traveling abroad.

The rooms of the hotel are all soundproof to ensure guests have the optimum privacy available. Some rooms come equipped with a balcony for guests to enjoy during their stay. There is a television available all rooms with a full cable package. The Holiday Inn Express offers high speed internet service in all rooms for a small fee so that guests can keep in touch with loved ones via email and surf the web.

If guests need assistance with finding attractions or things to do in the city, they can take advantage of the hotel’s concierge services. The staff in this department can take care of all of your needs to point you in the right direction to Rome’s best attractions and deals. Business travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s business center. This center has photocopying, fax, courier service, printing and nearly any other option you could desire during your stay in Rome. Lastly, Guests of the hotel can take advantage of the on-site fitness center to maintain their normal work out regime.

In the morning, guests can take advantage of a complimentary breakfast and check out is at 12 p.m. on the day of departure. EscapeWizard.com highlight recommends the Holiday Inn Express in Rome, and encourages vacationers to book their hotel by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Rome
By Katelyn Mohney
Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Hotel & Resort, Rome
Viale Salvatore Rebecchini, 39 00148 Rome, Italy
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The Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici Hotel and Resort is located twenty-five miles from the Ciampino Airport and less than 10 miles from the Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. Downtown Rome is only minutes from the hotel by way of the hotel’s shuttle bus service, which delivers guests to areas abundant with shopping, dining, and sightseeing opportunities.

Each guest room is furnished with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, offering guests a place to experience the pinnacle of a good night’s rest. After waking refreshed and ready to go, guests may wish to start the morning out with a swim in the pool, a visit to the hotel’s sauna, or a workout at the gym. Each guest room features a television with satellite channels and the opportunity to rent movies without ever leaving the room. At the end of the day, guests may wish to relax with a beverage from the mini-bar that can be found in all guest rooms. High speed internet access is available in-room for a daily fee. Guests who choose to stay in the hotel’s suites will have access to extra special features.

Whether you are a novice or a world-renowned champion, you may want to take advantage of the hotel’s golf course to hone your skills, take out some stress or just have a relaxed light-hearted game. The hotel offers a variety of dining choices, from the Bar Dell˜umane Simo, which offers Mediterranean food, to the Borgia Bar, which serves drinks and light snacks. Guests have the option to dine in restaurant, poolside, or in the garden area.

The Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici Hotel and Resort invites guests to experience Rome, Italy in a comfortable and convenient atmosphere. EscapeWizard.com can assist you with booking a room today. To make reservations, follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Rome
By Abby Carney
Hotel Eden
Via Ludovisi 49, Rome, Italy
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Hotel Eden is located in the heart of Rome, mere footsteps from famous attractions such as Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps, and Via Condotti. Hotel Eden caters to the rich and famous, so be prepared to feel fabulous and looked after during your stay. Check in time is at 2 p.m., but if you need to arrive sooner, there is luggage storage available to you, as well as attentive doormen, bellmen/porters, and a multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk and concierge service. Limited airport transportation is available, as well as valet parking facilities and limousine service. 

The luxurious rooms available to you at Hotel Eden are unlike any others, featuring marble bathrooms, classic Italian furnishings, spacious windows, and classic paintings. Each room offers high speed internet access and a work/desk area for business endeavors. Suites and connecting rooms are available, as well as rooms that are disability accessible. Rooms are air conditioned, feature a full length mirror, in-room safe, hair dryer, and deluxe bath amenities. The icing on the cake? You needn’t so much as leave the toilet to make a phone call. There is a bathroom telephone located in each room’s facilities for your convenience. For your entertainment, rooms also feature televisions with satellite channels, in-room movies, and DVD players.

 Nearly every need you could think of, Hotel Eden has thought of first. Amenities seem never endless, and include floral service, medical service, childcare, dry cleaning, shoe shining, and a 24-hour business center. Stay fit and relaxed in the Jacuzzi and wellness corner, fitness facility, and nearby tennis and golf courses (massage treatments also available to work out the kinks, even in your room if you work out the details with the concierge).

Though you’ll be sad to leave Hotel Eden, when you are ready to return home, note that check out is at 12 p.m. Grab a free newspaper, and don’t worry about oversleeping with the complimentary wake-up service. For more information and booking, visit EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).