/ The Rome Traveler
Rome — By theromeguide on August 20, 2008 at 6:45 am

Pray. Eat. Sleep.

The young and the wise visiting Europe have always preferred sleeping in hostels, always a cheap alternative to hotels and resorts. Perhaps due to a bad world economy or the fading charm of sleeping in the same room with five strangers, staying in hostels has become less cost-effective, and people are turning elsewhere for cheap, clean and safe accomodations. And Rome, home to the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica is the perfect place to test new sleeping grounds. Walk up the Janiculum Hill and knock on Casa Fatima. Don’t be surprised if a nun opens the door and welcomes you into a pretty garden and heads off towards the convent rooms.

Yes, I said convent. No matter your race, religion, sex or age, you’ll always be welcome in these peaceful havens in the bustling Eternal City. Rooms at Casa Fatima are clean, simple and all have a private bathroom and go for 58 euros, including breakfast. There are even cheaper convents such as ‘Casa d’Accoglienza S. Spirito’, right next to the Vatican, with twin rooms for 40 euros, while students up to 25 years of age pay only 25 euros!

All convent-hotels have curfews (11pm or 12am) but most offer exclusive locations near the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus which can’t be beat. Reservations and informations are best asked by email. English, Italian and French is usually spoken.

Pray. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Casa Fatima
Via del Gianicolo,4A,
00165 Rome
Tel. 06.6880.3349; Fax: 06.6880.3311; E-mail: casafatima@libero.it

Suore Francescane dell’Addolorata
Borgo S. Spirito 41
00193 Rome
Tel: 06.686.1076; Fax: 06.686.5664; E-mail: ssmsanpietro@libero.it

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