If you want a 5-star hotel with leisure centre, bar, restaurant, spa baths etc, this is not for you. If you want something different and peaceful, then it is. The convent is run by about eight nuns and we were welcomed by Sister Angela who is here from Australia for a few years. The convent is across the Tiber from the centre of Rome but you can easily walk down or take the 46 bus from outside all the way to Piazza Venezia. It is not far from the walls of the Vatican so you can easily visit St. Peter's, the Vatican museum and Castel Sant'Angelo on foot. The convent overlooks the Vatican. The rooms are basic with twin or single beds but the twins have excellent modern en suite facilities. There is a kitchen where you can make drinks (but buy some milk unless you like the powdered variety), two TV rooms and a sitting room with a piano - not sure if you are allowed to play it. Breakfast is served in the basement and although not quite meeting the description of "rich" in the information booklet it is perfectly adequate and the coffee is very good. You do need to go out for other meals but if you do not want to go far you can dine at some sort of religious building across the road where a set meal costs €16.50 including wine and where there is also a bar serving Italian measures. There you will see lots of monks, priests and other religious groups but at no time are you expected to join them.
Returning to the convent, on the ground floor is a chapel where services are held daily. It was really nice to wake in the morning and lie in bed listening to the nuns singing below.
You are expected to be in by 11.30pm in the summer (11.00 in winter) but I believe you can apply to the Mother Superior for an extension.
In short this is peaceful, very welcoming and excellent value. You can book directly with them if you do not want to use a travel company. We would definitely stay here again if visiting Rome.
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