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When visiting Italy, you’re sure to make a stop in the Eternal City. Staying at the Hotel Lancelot in Rome’s Celio neighborhood, you find yourself only blocks away from the Colosseum and the Forum, two of the most famous sites in the country—indeed, in the world.

The three-star hotel is housed in a building that was built in the 1930s. Its rooms all have ensuite baths, safes, and televisions, and they are equipped with Wi-Fi. Some have their own terraces, and all rooms are non-smoking, although smoking is allowed in outdoor spaces. For a truly romantic experience, see if the “wedding suite” is available. Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, it boasts a gorgeous terrace that looks out onto the Colosseum. If you are traveling on business, there is a conference room at your disposal, perfect for meetings or small events. Room rates vary and include a continental breakfast from 7-10 every morning, including cereal, breads, jam, fruit, coffee, and tea—the perfect way to begin a day of sightseeing.

Just outside Hotel Lancelot, Rome’s magnificence unfolds. The moment you walk out the front door, turn to the right and see the Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati, a beautiful medieval cloister dating back to the fourth century. Just past the basilica is the Colosseum, in all its massive glory. Constructed between 70 and 80 A.D., the Colosseum was once the site of gladiatorial battles and executions. Joint admission to the Colosseum and the Forum costs 12 euros. The walk from the hotel is very short. Venture out at night, when the piazza empties out and the Colosseum looms, hauntingly lit. It will take your breath away.

Beyond the Forum is Circus Maximus, once the site of chariot races, now a large park. Another popular tourist destination is the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, home to the Mouth of Truth, made famous in the movie “Roman Holiday.” It is said that if a liar sticks his hand inside the Mouth of Truth, it will be bitten off. Also nearby is San Giovanni in Laterano, the official cathedral of Rome. The papal throne is here, and much of the interior is the work of Borromini. Vatican City lies across the Tiber River, easily reachable by public transportation; you won’t want to miss a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Not far from the Vatican is Castel Sant’Angelo, commissioned by the emperor Hadrian as his mausoleum in 135 A.D. And of course, there are the many museums. To save money on sightseeing, purchase the Roma Pass, which costs 25 euros and admits you to two sites, with reduced admission to other sites; it also allows you to ride on all public transportation for three days.

After a long day of exploration, have a drink at the hotel bar. If it’s a nice evening, take a seat on the landscaped patio. Later, you may opt to dine at one of Rome’s many restaurants, or you can take advantage of the excellent hotel restaurant, which offers three-course meals made with fresh ingredients. There is also a half board rate available: eat at least three dinners at the hotel restaurant and save on your meals, which always include fresh bread and house wine.

At Hotel Lancelot, Rome is at your fingertips. The city is enormous, and it has an excellent public transportation system. There is a metro stop at the Colosseum; you can purchase tickets from the hotel desk, which is open 24 hours. Tickets for the metro and bus cost 1 euro and are valid for 75 minutes. The English-speaking staff will provide you with maps and help you with taxi service, theater and museum reservations, and laundry. Or, if you have a car, Hotel Lancelot offers parking for a daily fee.

If you take a taxi to Hotel Lancelot from Rome’s Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports, make sure to get an official white taxi, and find out the rate beforehand. Note that official taxis do not charge for the first piece of luggage. After that, there may be a surcharge.

Hotel Lancelot, Rome
Via Capo D’Africa 47, 00184 Rome, Italy
http://www.lancelothotel.com
/> E-mail: info@lancelothotel.com
Fax: +39 06 7045 0640
Phone: +39 06 7045 0615

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