Monti neighborhood- image courtesy of Italianfoodtours.com

I’m always the last one to wake up at the hostel. It’s a beautiful day and the first thing I do is open up the window in my dorm. I let the late morning breeze seep in as I gaze out at the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic in front of the Pope’s former residence, San di Giovanni in Laterno. I am at the Nika Hostel in the Cello neighborhood located in the centro storico, or the historic center of Rome.

After getting ready, I walk downstairs to the tiny Café di Giacomo and enjoy a fresh pastry and cappuccino with a hostel worker.  We sit outside enjoying the sun, before I head off to explore the sites and neighborhoods of Rome.

I take a short walk on Via di San Giovanni in Laterno, a residential street that leads you directly to the awe-inspiring Colosseum.  It is midday and with the tourist rush in full swing, I linger and people watch as I search for a bite to eat.  The restaurants in this part of Cello are pricey, so instead I hop on the Metro to the Cavour stop and check out Monti, one of the hippest neighborhoods in Rome.

Monti is filled with narrow winding streets, young people and great restaurants. Spots like LaCarbonara make great homemade pasta or if a drink is what you crave, try out La Barrique for wine. After lunch, I get lost in the cobblestone streets, end up on Via Cavour and before I know it I find myself in the famous RomanForum.

After hours spent wandering around the excavated archeological sites, I start to get hungry again. I make a tourist move and pull out my map, only to see that the Tiber, the main waterway in Rome, is nearby. Why not check it out?

Walking along the Tiber is beautiful. There are bridges that cross from the side I’m on to the next. My curiosity is peaked, so I cross over and end up in Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. Trastevere is home to expats and bohemians alike. While there, I find a family owned trattoria and in broken Italian, ask the server to recommend a dish. This can be a smart move as many of the tastiest options are known only by locals and are never printed on the menu.

Along with dinner, I order a glass of the house wine and begin to feel the tiredness of a full day take over. I leisurely enjoy my delicious meal. While the thought of dessert at the restaurant is tempting, I know that gelato sounds even better. On my way home I stop by the Gelateria del Teatro ai Coronari, which honestly makes the best gelato I’ve ever had. 

With belly full and feet tired, I make my way back to the Nika Hostel for the night, knowing that I’ll explore even more the next day.
If you are someone who does a lot of traveling where you are sitting for extended periods of time such as traveling by car you may be a good candidate for leg cramps.  These can be quite painful and certainly could put a damper on your holiday.  If you take the time to arm yourself with some simple home remedies on how to treat bothersome ailments you will be glad you did.  I am sure you would rather be out enjoying the sites than laid up in your hotel room due to a leg cramp for example.  Below are some various home remedies for an assortment of ailments that could occur during holidays.  If for example you are visiting the lovely area of Tuscany, Italy you certainly do not want to spend your time laid up in bed in your hotel room missing out on the wonderful sights to be seen!  Prevention is the best medicine but if you do find yourself feeling a bit under the weather then hopefully some of our home remedies can help you get back to seeing the sights and enjoying your holiday to the the fullest.

Leg Cramp:

One thing none of us wants to experience is a leg cramp especially when on holiday; here are a few measures that can be used to stop a leg cramp from spoiling your holiday.

-  if  you are going to be sitting for long periods while traveling perhaps by car make sure to stop along the way and take time to stretch your legs this could help prevent you from a painful leg cramp.  Even when in a plane get up when it is safe to do so just to give your legs a stretch

-  apparently putting a bar of soap down by your feet between the sheets of your bed is a way that can prevent leg cramps; one thing all hotel rooms will offer is a bar of soap

-  avoid eating Bergamot oranges they are grown in France and Italy for commercial use

-  try and stay away from Earl Grey tea as it has Bergamot orange in it's ingredients which has been connected to leg cramps

Losing a few Pounds for Your Holiday:

We all want to look our best when we go on holiday which may involve losing a few pounds to do so.
Here is a few home remedies to help you shed those excess pounds.  You should keep using the remedy of your choice during your holidays as we all tend to over indulge when vacationing

Drink a cup of water with one-forth teaspoon of powdered black pepper, a teaspoon of honey, and 3 teaspoons of lime juice for 3 months before going on holiday

Eat freshly cut onions and tomatoes and lemon juice

have a glass of warm water, honey, and lemon juice every morning

Eat 10 fresh curry leafs in the early morning for 3-4 months

Sore Throat on Vacation:

Sometimes we may find that we are talking and shouting more perhaps for cabs or in nightclubs during our holidays so we may have to give our throats a little home remedy treatment.

Drink hot milk with honey at bedtime for immediate relief from sore throat

A teaspoon of honey will provide relief for a sore throat

Gargle every  hour with salt water or vinegar water

Avoid Stress on Holidays:

Sometimes when we are having so much fun on our holiday we can get stressed out by all the excitement but to help with this here are a few home remedies to keep you going so you can enjoy your holiday stress free!

There is various seeds that are highly beneficial in the treatment of stress such as pumpkin, sunflower, and alfalfa seeds

Chewing tulsi leafs through out the day can help in treating stress

Summary:

Whether you are on vacation or not you should always try and look after you health; but if you are not  well during your holiday it can make the difference between a great vacation to one that was miserable.  The great thing is if you take some home remedies for ailments you won't have to worry about getting prescriptions when you are in foreign lands.  These remedies are all natural products most of which you will be able to find at a local market.  Like I have said before it is better to be safe than sorry.  May you have a safe trip with no aches and pains accompanying you but instead joy and total satisfaction.




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Hotel room capacities might be scarce or hotels quickly booked out during the current strike of Lufthansa's pilot union. We have put together some tips to find an accommodation no matter where you got stranded.


Germany Lufthansa Strike
Lufthansa on Strike, Source: Flickr, Jake VanderMolen

What’s the reason and the dimension of the strike?

Pilots are striking after negotiations about higher wages and improved retirement plans became stuck. In the consequence of the strike, about 3.800 flights have been cancelled. Beside Lufthansa, Germanwings as a subsidiary is impacted as well. The strike will last for three days starting April 2nd.


Travelers have been forewarned but not everyone has received the news. Especially if you are on an international flight or have a flight connection in Germany, you might have been impacted unexpectedly.

Lufthansa offers a list of all cancelled flights including further travel information on their website. The strike is actually lasting from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2014.

How to find a place to stay or a hotel room?

Camping beds and family areas for travelers are available inside the terminal at Frankfurt airport. It can be assumed that other airports in Germany also offer temporary accommodation facilities. But this cannot be a suitable 3-day-solution.


Our hotel search which you can find at the top might help you find a hotel room if you are looking for an accommodation. As the search includes all major booking platforms you still might find a hotel deal although a hotel is marked as booked out on another platform. You can also find hostels, apartments and b&bs.


Can I claim for strike compensation of my accommodation expenses?

Unfortunately the strike is due to “higher power” so that the passengers rights are limited.

Airlines are not obliged to pay compensation if they can prove that the cancellation is “caused by extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken”. A strike is likely to be an extraordinary circumstance.

However, you should contact your airline via phone or at the airport desk before you make your travel arrangements or hotel bookings as they might provide you other travel options. You should ask if they are eager to compensate your alternate travel expenses.


Tips to find hotels wherever you got stranded

Here are some direct links at Lufthansa’s travel hubs to make the hotel search easier for you:



If you got stranded at another location, feel free to use our hotel search form on top. In case you are at the airport, just enter your city and the word “airport” into the form and you will find hotels which are next to where you are.


Hey, and don't be upset as you cannot change the impact of the strike. The best you can do is, just reschedule your travel plans, stay a bit longer, have a rest in a nice place and enjoy unexpectedly the additional time you have.


Let us know your travel experiences and how you found a solution by commenting below.

Where to stay as a visitor in Prague? We definitely recommend staying in Prague's city centre as you can easily walk around. A hotel in the centre of Prague allows you to discover all the famous spots on foot. The city centre is mainly divided into four areas which you should consider for your stay and which lie right next to each other making it easy to stroll around:

We give you an idea of the character of those districts below. All of them have their own history, charm and a unique atmosphere.


If you are thinking of going or if you decided already to stay in Prague the first time, our Golden Prague - A Fairy Tale story will give you some inspirations and further guidance.

If you like to visit Prague more than once, we recommend that you stay in a different part of the city every time as you will experience Prague in a new way depending on where you stay.


If you know the city centre already, maybe one of the newer areas around Anděl are interesting for you as well, especially if you are more into shopping and trendy bars/cafés although it is a 5-10 minute tram ride from downtown.

Here are the best areas to visit and look for an accommodation:

Hradčany and Lesser Town (around Prague's Castle)

Prague, Czech Republic
St. Vitus Cathedral, Source: Flickr "Nigel"

Maybe Prague’s biggest attraction (both in popularity and in size) is the Prague Castle, which along with many other attractions also consists of the St. Vitus Cathedral. A trip to the Prague Castle to see most sights and not at least to enjoy the beautiful views of the city should be obligatory on any visit. On your way back down the steep but nice streets, you will end up at the foot of the Charles Bridge, which takes you towards the Old Town. But before you cross the bridge you might also consider the Petřín funicular and the Petřín Lookout Tower a bit higher on the hill next to the castle as well as the baroque style Church of St. Nicholas. The latter is also a nice place to experience a great classical concert.

Old Town / Josefov

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Street in Josefov, Flickr "Valerio Pillar"

For many visitors often referred to as the heart of Prague, this is the area where you find a lot of the historical attractions, but also most of the tourist traps (prices for food and beverage can be as much as 10 times as expensive compared to the less touristy areas). In Josefov (also known as the Jewish quarter), you will among other attractions find Franz Kafka’s birthplace, the Jewish Town Hall and the Spanish Synagogue.

The Astronomical Clock
Clock Tower, "Zach Beauvais"

In the Old Town, you have to experience the Astronomical Clock at the top of every hour, but beware. When you are looking up, the pickpockets are looking at your pockets. Also, visit the Powder Tower and Municipal House. The Church of Our Lady before Týn is also beautiful, but maybe even more so during the night when looking at it makes you feel that you’re part of a Harry Potter movie (there's a legend that the church was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle)

New Town

Wenceslas Square - Looking From the National Museum
Wenceslas Square, Flickr "Alistair Young"

The busiest place in the Nové město area is the Wenceslas Square. At the top of the square you will find the National Museum and on the actual square and around it many shopping opportunities. This area around the Wencelas Square also consists of many sport bars for those wanting to catch the game when on holiday.

The National Theatre and the Fred & Ginger building (known as the dancing house) is also worth a visit. A lot of the bigger clubs and discos can also be found in this part of town for those wanting a night out, but maybe not the ones most frequented by the locals



Vinohrady and Žižkov

Žižkov Television Tower
TV Tower, "Per Bolmstedt"

If you want to experience another great view of the city (maybe even better than the one you get from the Prague castle), try visiting the Žižkov Television Tower. At the top of the tower on a clear day, your eyes are your only restriction to how far you can look.

Let's try some Czech beer
Some Czech Beer, Flickr "Erwan Martin"
The tower itself with the sculptures of crawling babies is also a nice photo opportunity.


On your way back down from the tower visit one of the many beer gardens for a cold refreshment. The Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church at George and the neo-Gothic Church of St.Ludmila are also attractions worth seeing.


Where to stay at the end?

When you click on the headline of each of the four areas above, you can easily find a hotel in your desired district. If you are unsure which district to choose or if you just look for a good hotel deal, you can also just browse all hotels in Prague's city centre and pick the one you like the most. Make sure to check the map for the location.

Prague Old Town Square By Night
Prague's Old Town Square, Source: Flickr, "Jelle Druyts"
Prague, also known as Golden Prague or The City of Hundred Spires, is the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of more than 1.300.000 people. The city is stretched across 7 hills and built along the banks of the Vltava river. Since the Middle Age Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The inspiring Vltava river with numerous bridges, a perfect combination of Baroque and Gothic architecture, colourful facades with gold decorations. Those are a few reasons of its beauty and attractiveness. The fact that neither Napoleon nor Hitler didn’t allow their army to attack and destroy the city is another proof of Prague’s unique beauty and charm and since 1992 Prague is included in the UNESCO list of World History Heritage Sites. Walking down the streets of Prague is actually like walking in an open air museum where every corner, stone or building tells you a story about the past.

It's easy to get around - enjoy walking!

Historic Tramcar in Prague
Historic Tramcar, Source: Flickr, "Michael Bauer"
Getting around in Prague is easy and the public transportation system is extremely effective and well developed. A hot tip is to buy a period ticket when you arrive at the airport, as it will get you anywhere with trams, buses or by the subway. Getting from the airport to downtown can be a bit of a hassle by public transportation if you are carrying a lot of luggage, and might be a time where you should consider catching a cab. Everywhere else, trust the public transportation system, it also runs during the night. If you at any time should prefer taking a taxi, remember that not all taxi drivers can be trusted in Prague (not even with a meter). AAA is the most trustworthy company, so look for their name on the taxis. The best way of exploring Prague though is definitely using your legs…

A lot of history to see and discover

Depending on your time and on your expectations from the trip, you can choose one of these parts of Prague: Old Town, Lesser Quarter or the area around Prague Castle are most desirable. These main districts of Prague's city centre lie next to each other and thus are easy to reach. The big advantage of Prague is that everything the city has to offer is just one step away from you. Ujez and New town are only a few minutes walk from the centre of Prague. Smichov, Djevice or Vinohrady are just 10-15 minutes far away from Old Town, so you can get there easily by public transport. Prague is a safe town, you can walk around freely and that is the best way to familiarize with the city. Print out this city map before you go. It covers all of the most popular spots can help you to discover what Prague has to offer and may help you to organize your trip.

Where to start your trip?

Best place to start your tour is Old Town Square (shown on top) and to admire the Astronomical clock, symbol of Prague. This unique clock was installed in 1410. and represents date, position of sun, moon, other planets and the signs of the zodiac. There are many legends about this clock. One of them is about the clock maker who was made blind, so that he could not repeat his work. Every hour is marked with the figures of the 12 apostles the and figure of ''death'' start their show! The ''Walk of the Apostles'' is a unique experience and you can enjoy it for free!
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge, Source: Flickr, "Gennie Stafford"
Old Town and Hradcany - the Castle District, are connected with oldest bridge on Vltava: Charles Bridge which is another symbol of Prague, always full of tourists, artists, painters, musicians and sellers, so take time for an easy walk across this 515m long bridge and enjoy a wonderful view of Vltava and Prague. There are 30 statues of religious figures. The most famous St. John Nepomuk, also known as ''good luck'' statue. Touching it, according to the legend, will assure you happiness and return to Prague. All statues are copies of original which are now in National Museum, but that didn't refrain tourists from touching it and believe in this story. Walking over the Charles Bridge will take you in the Castle District.

Famous Prague Castle with its surroundings occupies 7,28 ha and is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. In the past it was a royal palace and is now the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. This complex of palaces, gardens, churches... is something you must see and you will be fascinated with its beauty and luxury! It includes the biggest church of the country, St.Vitus Chathedral, as an example of Gothic architecture with its 96,5m high main tower. Close to it there is the Chapel of St.Wenceslas, where relics of the saint are kept, decorated with many semi-precious stones and paintings (It's not open to the public, but it's worth seeing small part from the doorways from the outside!).

Another part of the complex is Belvedere, or Royal Summer Palace, where you can listen to a unique concert which is played by water in the 'Singing Fountain', the Castle Picture Gallery offers paintings of Rubens, Veronese, Titian and many other famous painters. Loreta will astound you with the beauty of a baroque church and a tower with 30 bells, but the main attraction is ''Prague Sun'', an object made of gold-plated silver and decorated by 6222 diamonds.

After your sightseeing trip to all those gorgeous buildings you should go to see the smallest street in Prague – Golden Lane, with several colourful, small houses from XVI century, where alchemists used to live and tried to turn metal into gold. Now, all this houses are souvenir shops or book shops, including the famous one at number 22, where Franz Kafka once lived. It's might be the right place to buy something that will remind you of Golden Prague.

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Cesky Trdelnik, Flickr, "Ana Paula Hirama"
If you get tired of discovering Prague, take a rest in some part far away from the tourist crowd. On those places you can find many restaurants with local specialities, usually prepared with dumplings, cabbage, different types of meat or well-known sausages and for a dessert take the traditional ''trdelnik''. For drinking - famous Czech beer is obligatory! Many bars will offer you different types of beers and all of them are very tasteful. Beer has been the symbol of Prague for more than 500 years!

Why to go and visit

This town, during the hundreds of years, was an inspiration for musicians, painters, writers and many other people. If you would like to get lost in the labyrinth of the past and feeling like being in a fairy tale, this should for sure be your next destination!

Find a hotel in Prague directly or enjoy browsing through all available hotels.

Here is some guidance on the most important celebrations and hotel suggestions where to stay in Rome during the Easter week events and near the central section of Rome where most of the festivities are held.

Enjoy an Amazing Easter Week in Rome

Vatican Square
Vatican Square, Source: Flickr, "Harris Walker"

Nothing quite compares to attending mass in Saint Peter's Square in Rome. It’s one thing you can cross off your bucket list once you’ve experienced it, because the event is just spectacular. People come from all over the world to pack into the small area of the Vatican Square to go to the services and festivals leading up to Easter Sunday. Easter 2014 is going to be a busy one for the Vatican, for sure. Easter mass is performed in all churches in Italy, but the grandest one will be held by Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The event has always been popular, but many pilgrims and tourists will want to go see Pope Francis perform worship services during the Easter Week. This will only be his second year performing the event.

Easter Week Schedule and Worship Services

Palm Sunday
Source: Flickr, "Howard Young"

The following schedule outlines the major events and festivals to be held during the week of Easter in 2014 as well as main worship venues taking place.


Easter Week Days Date
Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014
Palm Sunday April 13, 2014

Passion of the Lord and Palm Sunday

Passion of the Lord and Palm Sunday starts the week of Easter and is held in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Worshippers and tourist will need to get there early because the square fills up quickly. The service starts between 9:30 and 10:00 am and the pope stands in the middle of the square to bless the Palms. The blessing is then followed by the procession of the Palms and Holy Mass.

It’s fun to watch the people hold up the medals of the saints that they have bought from nearby vendors for the Pope to give his blessing to. The medals make nice keepsakes for remembering the event later. The pope will often dedicate a portion of his speech to send a special message to the young people of the world during this service.

Holy Thursday April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday Mass

The next event in Easter Week is Thursday Holy Mass, and the Chrismal Mass is held at the Vatican Basilica at 9:30 am. There is another Thursday mass held hours later at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran at 5:30 pm. It is the mass of the Lord's Supper and the start of Paschal Triduum. The event commemorates Jesus Christ washing the feet of the Apostles.

Good Friday April 18, 2014

Good Friday and Via Crucis

One of the most important Easter events that shouldn’t be missed is the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. It will be celebrated by Pope Francis, and he will bless it at the end of the event. It takes place in one of the most elegant and evocative settings in Rome, and it runs the distance from the Colosseum to the Temple of Venus in the Roman Forum. The Via Crucis, as the Stations of the Cross is known, depicts the final moments Christ endured before the crucifixion.

There is a Papal Mass at the Vatican in Saint Peter's Basilica at 5:00 pm and later the Stations of the Cross event starts at 9:15 pm. One of the most memorable visuals of the commemoration is an enormous cross illuminated with burning torches that illuminates the sky. The Via Crucis is described in multiple languages to the huge crowds.

Holy Saturday April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday, and it is a solemn ceremony that commemorates the day before Jesus Christ was resurrected from the tomb. Easter Vigil and Papal Mass are held at 9:00 pm in the Vatican Basilica.

Easter Sunday April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Holy Mass completes the last part of the week leading into Easter. It is held in the morning in Saint Peter's Square around 10:15 am. This is a huge event in Rome and can have almost a stadium atmosphere to it. The Easter message is given at noon in the central section of the Vatican Basilica. Pope Francis will then deliver the blessing "Urbi et Orbi (to the City and to the World) from the façade of the balcony of Saint Peter's.

Infos and pictures of the celebrations are usually published in the Vatican's Calendar of Celebrations. You can also find a very well documentation of the Holy Week 2013 for your inspiration.

Hotel recommendations for your visit

The tourists and pilgrims flock to Rome in droves during Easter week, so be sure to book your hotel in advance.
Here are a couple of good hotel suggestions in central Rome and an alternate just outside of the city if you can’t
find a hotel near central Rome.


The Kolbe Hotel - upper class

(Via Di San Teodoro 48, Colosseum, 00186- Rome, Italy)

One of the best accommodations you can stay in while in Rome is the 15th century Kolbe Hotel. The Kolbe is listed as a four-star rated hotel on its website, but the luxurious qualities it offers to its guests could easily get it upgraded to a five-star rating. There are a ton of four-star hotels in Rome, but four-star accommodations with such luxury standards as the Kolbe that are located near the center of Rome is difficult to find.

The Kolbe Hotel is 2.8 kilometers northwest of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and only fifteen minutes away from the Coliseum, Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill by foot. The hotel is also in a perfect spot to do local sightseeing in between the Easter events, too. Guests can take local buses to see Travestere, a very popular spot across the Tiber River.

Décor and Theme

The Kolbe Hotel was once a monastery and is located near a neighboring Franciscan friary. The hotel has wondrously large arches and exposed brick walls that really lend a medieval atmosphere to it. The hotel has an enchanting garden filled with olive, orange and lemon trees. Guests can enjoy the lovely garden scents while enjoying a meal al fresco at the hotel restaurant.

Rooms and Rates

The hotel has 72 rooms available to book. The rates and vacancies may vary, but rates usually start from $415 for a double room. For fixed bookings (without cancellation) you might even get one from $338, VAT included.

Amenities

The Kolbe Hotel has excellent amenities and features attractive and comfortable contemporary furniture in the interior of the building. There are lounges and couches in the room that are plush with vibrant color. The beds are modernly designed and very comfortable to catch a night’s rest in between your ventures.

The rooms at the Kolbe have high brick walls and arches on the ceilings that give a sense of spaciousness and a medieval atmospheric touch. The larger rooms such as the Deluxe Double rooms and Quadruple rooms are a roomy 323 square feet. The rooms also include A/C, LCD TV, satellite, and Wi-Fi accessibility.

Restaurant and Food

Hot and cold buffets are available at the Kolbe for breakfast. The hotel also has a restaurant onsite that serves Roman dishes that can be best appreciated while dining on the balcony that overlooks the garden and its lush trees. An excellent local restaurant to dine at near the hotel is the Da Augusto at Piazza Dè Renzi. The restaurant serves local favorites such as marinated rabbit, puntarelle (a local vegetable), and superb rigatoni at a good price. The restaurant is located in Trastevera and opens at 8:00 pm. Be sure to get there early or make a reservation if you want to find an open table.


Hotel Eurogarden - budget choice

(Salita di Castel Giubileo, 197/215 00138- Rome, Italy)

In operation since 1970, the Hotel Eurogarden is located in the countryside in a 10,000 square meter park. The hotel has been renovated recently, so the hotel has a very modern feel to it. The Eurogarden is an ideal place to book your stay if the hotels in downtown Rome have no vacancies. It is also a good consideration for budget because it is significantly cheaper than many of the hotels located near downtown Rome.

The hotel’s proximity to the Ring Road of Rome (GRA) between Via Flaminia and Cia Salaria make it a top location that is easily accessible to the A-1 Rome Florence highway for those that want to rent a car and travel to the central part of Rome.

The hotel has a large parking lot to park the rental in for those that want to commute to the city for the Easter festivities and cultural attractions. The bus stop is about two blocks from the hotel, and the rates are very low for transportation to the city, also. It does take about an hour and a half to reach the city using this mode of transportation, so be prepared for a little bit of a commute to get to your Easter activities if you go this route.

Décor and Theme

The hotel is a string of cozy and independent cottages with vintage ceramic tile roofing. The park that the Eurogarden is located in is a very scenic and ideal place to spend your Easter vacation. You can open your windows at night and take in the outside fragrance of spring flowers or stroll through the conifers and citrus trees during a walk on the park grounds.

Rooms and Rates

Discounts are available if you book the hotel for over three nights. This way rates for a double room start as low as $52.50 per night on weekends and $71.00 per night on weekdays, VAT included.

Amenities

The rooms of the Eurogarden are designed for comfort and relaxation. The hotel’s website allows you to look up the floor plans for every type of room they offer to see the size of each room and what each room includes before you book the hotel. Regular room sizes range about 26 square meters, and the Junior Suite has about 35 square meters. All rooms are equipped with an in-suite private bathroom.

The regular rooms have classic style wooden furnishings with wicker chairs. Regular rooms have carpeting, but the Garden Rooms and Junior Suites have wood parquet-style flooring and cherry wood furniture. The rooms each contain A/C and heat, LCD TVs and satellite TV. Internet is available but must be purchased.

Golf enthusiasts can visit the neighboring Golf Club Arco di Costantino or the Golf club Parco di Roma to enjoy a game of golf in Rome’s agreeable climate during their stay at the Eurogarden. There is a bike lane being constructed that will soon connect the hotel area to the center of the city. The hotel will begin to offer bike rentals when it is complete.

Restaurant and Food

The breakfast buffet is included with the price of the room and the buffet offers a nice spread of croissants, meats, yogurt, coffee and juice.

Guests at the Eurogarden should try the Nashville Restaurant that is a little over 1.6 kilometers from the hotel for a fantastic meal and some of the best pizza on the planet. The team works in an open kitchen to serve local and fresh prime selections of meat that they bring from their butcher block to your table. There is a traditional Italian atmosphere to the restaurant, and they offer an abundant selection of delicious and classic fare to their patrons. Menu offerings include classic Italian dishes such as pasta, barbecued meat, and fresh focaccia. Make sure you try a dish with artichokes in it for a taste of Easter tradition. Also be sure to pair your dinner with a suggested wine from the wait staff, followed by a cool limoncello dessert at the end. The Nashville has been reward the Certificate of Excellence for 2013, and is highly recommended by tripadvisor, googlemaps and yelp reviewers.


The Hotel Eden - luxury option

(Via Ludovisi 49/Roma 00187-Italy)

Lonely Planet has listed the Hotel Eden as one of their most recommended hotels in Rome. The Eden offers superb rooms, exceptional service, and amazing views. ‎It’s one of the most glamorous Roman hotels, and it offers 121 luxurious suites for guests to choose from. It’s a stone’s throw from St. Peter's Basilica as it’s only 2.7 kilometers from the hotel. Visitors wanting to see the city of Rome and participate in the Easter worship services during the week can enjoy the amenities of the five star-rated Hotel Eden when they are not traveling. From the moment you’re greeted at the hotel from the grand entrance in the main lobby, you will marvel at its excellent and polite staff. The hotel is a discrete and classy pick and really pampers you during your stay.

The Hotel Eden is also just a short stroll from the Spanish Steps and the lovely Villa Borghese. The history of the villa and Spanish Steps dates from 1889 and it has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities and royalty during its time.

Décor and Theme

The rooms at the Hotel Eden differ slightly, but all of them include elegant antique furniture, thick carpets, and marble structuring in their restrooms. The décor of the hotel features turn of the century theme with muted colors on the walls, vibrant and rich fabrics and classic prints and paintings. The guest rooms and suites are spacious and relaxing, and the grand windows let sunlight in and provide a looking glass for Rome’s breathtaking views.

Rooms and Rates

The Hotel offers superior and deluxe rooms starting at about $625. If you are lucky, you might catch a special Easter event package, “Easter in Rome,” starting from about $480 per night but only bookable via the hotel directly.

Amenities

The Hotel Eden has sumptuous amenities, and there are marble bathrooms, large, comfortable beds and classic Italian furniture. The spa and fitness center at the Eden provide a perfect area to relax after a day of sightseeing. The rooms all have WIFI, LCD TVs and satellite connections.

Restaurant and Food

The Eden is famous for its Michelin-starred panoramic and exquisite rooftop restaurant, La Terrazza dell’Eden. Guests can dine on gastronomical menu choices and enjoy fine wine selections while enjoying the spectacular sight of St Peter’s Dome from the rooftop terrace.

The restaurant offers Italian and Mediterranean dishes and an example of a course on their tasting menu consists of scallops, Kaluga caviar, oysters and endive. Guests can also go to wine tastings at the hotel’s La Caveau or enjoy cocktails and piano music at the Bar La Terrazza.



The city and its visitors are never more at ease with their Christian roots than during the time Easter is observed during Easter week. The suggested activities and centers of worship in the Eternal City of Rome should be a great help to those wanting to attend the Easter celebrations and festivals.


Visitors to the city are sure to find a fun time and a good place to stay in the center of the city with the two suggested hotels, the Kolbe and the Eden. Those of you who like staying away from all the hustle and bustle of the crowds or encounter full hotels would do well to book at the Eurogarden.


If you want to look for something else, try our hotel search at the top or get some inspiration by taking a look at all hotels in Rome. You might even be successful in staying in a hotel around the Vatican City if you are lucky.


There are many chances to celebrate the catholic faith during Easter week in Rome, or if you are just participating in the festivities you can have the bragging rights that you were able to see Pope Francis in Rome. Whatever you decide to do during your week there, it will involve lots of fun festivals and food so say what they say when you visit Italy, “Buona Pasqua!”


 
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