Rome for the Night

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We often find ourselves spending a night in Rome on our way to or from other places in Italy, as we did last month, and we enjoy the opportunity to savor the sights and tastes of the city even with just an overnight.

We’ve found a favorite little four-room inn, Relais Cavour, housed in a Roman palazzo that is a ten minute walk from Rome’s Termini Train Station, from where it’s an easy trip to the airport.  With comfortable well-equipped quiet rooms – excellent beds, a sleek bathroom, space for our luggage, superior wifi, and plenty of electrical outlets – it’s a perfect fit for a one night stay. Breakfast can be delivered to your room – there are a table and chairs in each room – or if you’re leaving early, in a to-go bag.
The Monti district, a few minutes walk from the Inn, has gotten a lot of press in recent years regarding new restaurants and boutiques, and is well worth a wander. When we spent a night there last fall, I mentioned the district and Kirk found an old-Rome trattoria on Yelp that we tried out – and LOVED. One of the best Carbonaras I’ve tasted! When we were at the Relais in January, arriving from the airport just in time for a late dinner, we tried to remember the name to find it again – we’d just finished a few days in Malta following a private tour for a guest who was seeking out her roots on the Adriatic Coast of Italy so we hadn’t planned for Rome except for booking a room! Couldn’t find it on Yelp, so we just started walking in the general direction, and after wandering down one cobbled street that didn’t look quite right, we tried the next one and there it was, at via dei Capocci #4- Trattoria al Tettarello! I had that memorable Carbonara again, and Kirk enjoyed one of the best steaks he’s ever had, along with an excellent bottle of Rosso de Montalcino. With unbelievably good prices and a cozy intimate down-home dining room, it’s a place we’ll return to again and again!
In addition to the fun Monti neighborhood, Relais Cavour is also within walking distance of Rome’s number one sight, the Colisseum!  It was a pleasure to walk to that icon at sunrise last fall before heading for the airport for the long flight home. We circled the massive structure, stopped for one last good Italian coffee, and gathered our bags at the Relais to be on our way.
Another Roman beauty is even closer – Santa Maria Maggiore, which we pass on our way to dinner at al Tettarello. And if you have a little more time, the Campo dei Fiori market, always a delight, isn’t too far. Nor is the glorious Pantheon, and just around the corner, Kirk’s favorite coffee pause – Sant Eustachio. So even with less than 24 hours, it’s easy to enjoy a mini Roman Holiday!

8 thoughts on “Rome for the Night

  1. We, too, only enjoyed a quick visit to Rome enroute to another destination. We spent the entire day out touring, so we opted for a hotel at the airport so that we could catch an early flight. I’d love to back and spend more time in this great city.

  2. I’ll definitely check out the Relais Cavour Inn ( and your foodie suggestions) …I’ve stayed in the Termini area many times and really like it. It’s easy to find great food at reasonable prices plus you’re actually quite near several attractions. I’ll be going to Puglia next month so need a place near the train station – perfect timing!

  3. One night in Rome for me is always Trastevere…or maybe near Campo dei Fiori. A plate of cacio e pepe, a bottle of wine, and some walking round poking my head in a church or two. Termini area does have its advantages though if you’re flying out the next day. thanks for the suggestion.

  4. My last visit to Rome was for 7 nights with family. So glad we saw most of the attractions including the Colisseum. We were touring during the day and night. No doubt one of my favourite cities.

    Thanks for sharing your post. It certainly brought back fondest memories!

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