The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with a total area of about one sixth of a square mile (less than half a square kilometer). But as they say, good things come in small packages. The Vatican City holds a special place in the heart of millions and millions of people. This marks the spot where Saint Peter was martyred and buried. One of its major attractions is Saint Peter’s Square that hosts Basilica San Pietro, the Vatican Museums and Gardens, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. But don’t miss the lesser known Castel sant’Angelo.
This towering castle built by the Emperor Hadrian, later became a papal residence, and has become a museum. The Palazzo di Giustizia now houses the National Law Courts. Its nickname is Palazzaccio, which means ugly palace in Italian. Why not stop by and see what you think? I don’t think you’ll be calling the Ponte Sant’Angelo ugly. 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 Orange Garden lives up to its name; its lovely patio is surrounded by orange trees. There are 4 rooms each of which is decorated with fine wall fabrics and elegant furniture. The address is Via G. Vitelleschi, 34 – 00193 – Rome.
The Bed and Breakfast La Maison Royale is a newly opened B and B on the third floor of a prestigious building. It has 4 rooms that all boast a marble bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi. The address is Via G. Vitelleschi, 42 – 00193 – Rome.
The Hotel Atlante Star has 5 floors. It claims to be the only hotel in central Rome to offer free transportation from the Fiumicino airport. The roof garden restaurant, which seats up to 200 guests is open every afternoon and evening of the year. Breakfast is served on the roof. The hotel offers a fully equipped conference room for a maximum of 70 persons and offers simultaneous translation services. The address is Via Vitelleschi, 37 – 00193 – Rome.
The Cicerone Hotel has 8 floors and provides access to the disabled. There are almost 300 rooms and suites. This is a non-smoking property. Its restaurant was opened in 2002 after extensive restoration. The fitness room is open from 8 in the morning to 8 at night and is located on the 8th floor. There is a Piano Bar and a meeting room that can accommodate 215 people. The address is Via Cicerone 55/c – 00193 – Rome.