For a truly Roman experience, why not stay in a convent? You’ll be in the very centre of a historic neighborhood and each day the nuns will cook you a delicious Roman breakfast and dinner. You needn’t be religious but you must respect the curfew of 11pm. After a day of sightseeing, particularly with kids, you won’t find it a problem to collapse into bed at this time. The location is in a gorgeous little lane from which you can walk across the road to the river, into squares like Piazza Navona (which has an incredible Christmas market that will thrill children if you’re there in winter) and find plenty of trendy restaurants if you don’t wish to dine with the sisters every night. The rooms and bathrooms are quite basic but clean and comfortable. It’s a great option for lone female travellers or anyone who wants to be in the centre without breaking the bank. Booking well in advance is essential.
This would be referred to as the true “centro storico”, meaning the historic centre. The area is often also referred to as Piazza Navona, given its close proximity to this must-see square. The streets are narrow, the boutiques and restaurants are beautiful and there is always a buzz at any time of day.
Monte Brianzo Convent
Via Monte Brianzo, 62