Slap, bang in the middle of... the genuine Roman lifestyle
There are two Romes. What you see in the guide books – going back centuries – and the modern capital of Italy, where people live their lives day in day out. Both have a lot to offer.
If you think about it, it’s not such a bad idea to have your base where your typical Roman family lives. You will get to see the complete picture and experience Rome as a local.
The City Guest House is located in a southeastern area of Rome called Numidio Quadrato, a name you may have recongised on the Metro A map if you’ve already visited Rome. There are plenty of interesting things to see in the area too, including the Parco degli Acquedotti where you can find and Cinecittà, where many movies are still being produced. The 1951 classic Ben Hur was shot there. More recently, Gangs of New York and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou where shot here.
A 15 minute ride on the Metro and you’re in the heart of Rome
The metro stop Numidio Quadrato (Line A) is a 3 minute walk from the hotel. From there it’s a 15 minute ride to the Spanish Steps. Termini train station is a few stops before that.
If you’re driving you can easily get to the centre of Rome by following the Tuscolana road. The same road in the opposite direction will bring you to a charming town called Frascati, which is famous for its wine.
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Stores and workshops
Via Tuscolana is 150 metres away from the hotel and one of the main shopping streets Romans given the variety of products, convenience and prices. Rome’s first shopping mall, Cinecittà 2, is only a 10 minute walk away and features over 200 shops.
If you don’t want to venture that far you will find neighbourhood ‘botteghe’ where buying a product is more akin to popping over to see a friend for a chat. Some of these shops have been here for generations and still go strong despite the ever increasing number of malls and online shopping. For example, Bomprezzi, 300 meters from the hotel, has been selling local products for over 50 years – a good place to find souvenirs. Just in front of the City Guest House is an ‘alimentari’ where you can go and get a fresh panino made for your pack lunch.
Where to eat
The kind of restaurants that you find near the City Guest House need to offer a superior meal than what locals cook for themselves – a benchmark that city centre ‘tourist traps’ don’t have.
Our first recommendation is for Accasadì, a trattoria / pizzeria located in the same building as ourselves. Accasadì is only a few years old but has established itself as a favourite in an area that has become a popular spot for dining out. If you want to give Accasadì a go let us know and we will make a booking for you as it’s often full.
Other restaurants that are a short walk away include la Locanda dei Girasoli, Giuda Ballerino, Le Streghe and more particular ones such as Crudop Wine Bar, Bosco degli Elfi, Il Giardino Segreto and Zensushi. Try Meo Pinelli for an ‘aperitivo’ and explore the area to find many more.
We also suggest a pit stop at Fornocafè for a coffee or an icecream at Blue Ice. You will find a common theme of great food at prices that would be inaccessible if you were out and about in the historic centre.
Parco degli acquedotti (roman ancient aqueducts park)
Not far from the City Guest House – some 800 metres – you will find a unique space: the Parco degli Acquedotti and its 7 ancient Roman aqueducts that supplied the capital of its water. Today it’s a place where you can revisit history in a natural environment – a perfect spot for a picnic or for a highly cultural jog.
Parco dell’Appia Antica (ancient Appia way park)
The Appia Antica park extends to the Parco degli Acquedotti, which is very close to the hotel, but its heart is the Via Appia Antica.
It was built in the 4th Century AD and took its name from Appio Claudio, a Roman Counsel that had a vision for a great transport artery built using innovative materials and techniques. Which explains why the Appia Antica is still in use today.
Rent a bike from our reception and reach the Appia Antica in 15 minutes and spend a few hours riding over… history. Alternative, you can get there on a short bus ride.
Cinecittà is two metro stops away from the City Guest House, or, if you prefer, a 10 minute walk down the Tuscolana road. Cinecittà has been given nicknames such as “dream factory” or “Hollywood by the Tiber”, which is not surprising considering more than 3,000 movies have been filmed there. Ninety of which have been nominated for an Oscar and 47 have actually won it, including classics such as Quo vadis
, Ben Hur
, and La Dolce Vita
. More recent movies produced at the studios include More recent movies produced at the studios include The English Patient
, Gangs of New York
, and Mission Impossible 3
. To celebrate Italy’s 150th birthday an exhibition called “Cinecittà shows itself”
has been organised and is open to the public.
Ippodromo delle capannelle (Capannelle Hippodrome)
The Capannelle race track is only a 10 minute drive away from the City Guest House. If you’re a bit of a punter you’ll love the passionate atmosphere very much different from what you get in countries like the United Kingdom. Capannelle is also venue for important concerts such as Fiesta and Rock in Roma, as well as gastronomic events.