Entrepreneurial-minded homeowners around St. Peter’s Basilica transformed their homes during the 2000 Jubilee into Bed &Breakfast structures, effectively concentrating this type of accommodation in the area; with numerous other hotels around the Vatican, this part of Rome has no scarcity of accommodations to choose from.
However, unlike neighboring centre of Rome which also draws a great number of visitors, in Prati it’s sufficient to step away from major attractions to find oneself immersed in local life. Many professionals live and work in Prati, so the area offers a great variety of good value and quality eateries for office workers and equally inviting shopping opportunities. Via Cola di Rienzo, just a piazza away from the Vatican walls, a tree-lined shopping artery, is little-frequented by tourists but popular with Italians.
A handful of somewhat trendy restaurants have recently sprung up, giving the district a new throb to its otherwise tranquil night life.
Vatican Must Sees
An early morning stroll and cappuccino in Borgo Pio to chat up prelates going to work in the Vatican; the steep, winding climb up to the top of St. Peter’s cupola, or, if if you have less stamina, to the top of Castel Sant’Angelos roof terrace, both offer magnificent views of the city; admire the elegant turn of the century palazzi , shop for renowned Italian brands, leather goods and shoes; enjoy the evening breeze in St. Peter’s square when pilgrims and visitors have left; the Gelateria dei Gracchi, this gelato is so good it arouses only feeble controversy as to which ice-cream is the best in Rome.
Featured Hotels around Vatican
THE SANTA ANNA HOTEL (€140)
Located on Borgo Pio, an eclectic mix of historic shops and caffès, fashionable restaurants and tourist traps (simply avoid hovering waiters and “special menus”), this small , mid-range hotel has a welcoming charm, an outdoors sitting area, helpful staff and elegantly decorated rooms. Read more about The Santa Anna Hotel.
TRIANON RESIDENCE (€75)
Facing a cosy piazza, the scrupulously clean rooms and apartments overlook Borgo Vittorio, a quiet street which runs parallel to Borgo Pio. The apartments offer a fully equipped kitchen, modern decor and house families/groups of 4 to 5. Highlights include old Rome charm of neighborhood. Read more about Trianon Residence on Booking.com
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