Finding the right accommodation in a place you’ve never visited before can be quite daunting. In the planning stages of a trip, I first take the time to research the best area to stay in relation to the things we want to see and do. Once we’ve settled on an area, then I start to research potential accommodation within that area which is in our price range.

On our trip to Italy, we decided to stay in as many B&Bs as possible. We wanted to meet as many locals as we could, and this was a great way to do it. Of all the B&Bs we stayed in, there is only one we probably wouldn’t return to (and we only stayed there for one night). The B&B hosts we spent multiple nights with were welcoming, hospitable and very helpful with their local knowledge and tips. We did stay in some hotels  during our trip as well, but we found the B&Bs much more enjoyable and authentic. We don’t often use the facilities in hotels, as we’d rather be out discovering new things and seeing the sites, so it’s rather a waste of money to pay for amenities we don’t use.

In Rome, we were spoilt for choice when it came to B&Bs. We had decided we wanted to stay in the historic centre, so that we could walk to as many sites as possible. We prefer to walk around when we can because you discover so many interesting things that you miss when you’re driving or on public transport. Having said that, our general walking distance is only around 20-30 minutes from our accommodation, otherwise we hop on a bus, train or catch a taxi. There are literally thousands of B&Bs, hotels and apartments to choose from in Rome, so it took a while to find the right one, however, a lot of the accommodation in the historic centre was beyond our budget. We finally settled on a place which ticked all our boxes.

Here’s 5 reasons why we loved staying in a B&B in the heart of Rome

1. History and charm

On arrival in Rome, when we met our host, Daniel, at Al Centro di Roma. This B&B is located at Piazza di Sant’ Andrea della Valle in the heart of the historic centre of the city. The building is very plain from the outside, but charming on the inside. As we were staying on the 5th floor, we were pleased to note the building had a lift – it’s a piece of history in itself and is tiny, but it works well and transported us, with our bags, up to the correct level. There’s also a lovely curved marble staircase, which we used a couple of times, just for the experience of walking on the wide sweeping  stairs.

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An unremarkable building from the outside. The B&B is located on the 5th floor.

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The beautiful marble staircase with lift in the centre

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The entrance to Al Centro di Roma

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Inside the entrance to the building

2.  Personal service

From the very first time I contacted him via email, Daniel was friendly and helpful. After a flight delay which resulted in around 30 hours of travelling, we eventually arrived at the B&B, exhausted and dishevelled, to a big smile and welcome from Daniel. He showed us directly to our room, gave us bottles of cold water and some basic instructions about the place. We loved the fact that there are only 3 rooms inside this private, secure B&B, as well as a lovely breakfast room and Daniel’s room.

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Our room

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The breakfast room

3.  Location – Walk to historic sites

One of the main reasons we chose this place was because of its location. The B&B is just 400 metres or less than 5 minutes walk to Piazza Navona, 6 minutes walk to the Pantheon, 14 minutes to the Trevi Fountain, 4 minutes to Campo di Fiori, 15 minutes to Trastevere and 23 minutes walk to the Colosseum. We also walked to Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, which was about 20 minutes and Castel St Angelo, which took about 15 minutes. You could walk to The Vatican in under 30 minutes, or take the bus.

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Sign outside the building

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Piazza Navona – just 400 metres away

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Campo di Fiori markets

4.  Bus around the corner, if needed

Just around the corner, you’ll find the major thoroughfare of Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II, which is a major road within the area. Buses running along this street can take you to the Vatican or Roma Termini, where you can catch the Metro or regional trains to just about anywhere you want to go in Rome and the surrounding areas.

5.  Beautiful historic church across the road

We had a view of the beautiful Sant’ Andrea della Valle church, which was just across the road. While the outside view was lovely, we found it worthwhile to venture inside as well – such opulence and beauty!

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Our view of Sant’ Andrea della Valle

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The opulent ceiling of Sant’ Andrea della Valle

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Inside the church

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Inside the church

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Fountain in the Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle

Please note: This is not a sponsored post and no payment has been received – the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

The Besties Do Italy series details how Seize The Day Project’s Lyndall and her long time best friend Jane ventured to Italy to celebrate a significant birthday – sans husbands and children. Shhh, don’t tell anyone they’ve gone! If you want to know more about the girls Italian Adventure, check out a sample of related articles below.

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