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Friday, August 3, 2012

Travel tips for ballet lovers: Rome

If you're planning a ballet trip to Rome, I would highly recommend as a place to stay the Maria Luisa, Via Antonio Salandra 6, a family-run B&B  where Gianni and Stefania (a huge ballet fan) can't do enough for you. It's only 10 minutes walk from the Opera House, 5 minutes from Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa statue, about 30 seconds from buses that will take you anywhere in Rome, and about 15 minutes walk from Termini station, far enough away to be clear of the seedier Termini neighbourhood but close enough to be convenient if you're using the train to get in from the airport or from other parts of Italy. This is not a very touristy area of Rome, but proximity to the train station and the theatre are big pluses, and it's easy to get to the big sights (walking distance to the Villa Borghese and the Spanish steps, and to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon). Rooms start at 65 euros including breakfast. Email Stefania at for reservations. Phone: +39 06 48 24 171

Another nice B&B was the Capitolium Rooms Via Montebello, 104 - 00185 - Rome - Italy
Tel.: +39 06 4464917 - Fax: +39 06 49382094 - Email: , 110 euros per night. A little further from the opera house (about 15 minutes walk) but looking onto a lovely garden and surrounded by embassies. You may be a little disconcerted by the presence of a strip club (!) in the basement of the building, but we found this did not disturb us at all.

A nice restaurant near both is al Grappolo d'Oro
via Palestro 4/10 offering classic Italian cuisine. If you should be so lucky as to be in Rome for New Year's Eve, book their multi-course celebratory dinner and you will find yourself surrounded by multi-generational Italian families enjoying a truly authentic experience. 

Be warned that the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma has almost no rake on the orchestra level so it is very hard to see over the people in front of you. Try to get a seat on the inner aisle so that you have a less obstructed view of the performance.

If you love ballet, check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in 2012-13 by clicking here.


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