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Backpacking in Italy; Staying at the Hotel Papa Germano in Rome
How many times have you heard that #Italy isn't the place to go if you're working with a budget? Not true! My trip to #Rome was not only #affordable, but the location of the hotel could not have been better. It was the perfect stop before heading off for my 100th country!
My recent adventure backpacking in Italy saw my return to this country for the first time since my Venice trip in 2009.
It was a long overdue visit to a country I have dipped in and out of some six times now on my journeys.
However, I hadn’t yet been to Rome and it made a handy stop over between my time in London with friends, embassy visits, disputed countries and that special milestone; my 100th country. Which would be in Tunisia. On route to Tunisia I had a couple of nights in Rome, Italy’s Capital so I wanted an easy option that was near the main train station Termini in Rome. I found the Hotel Papa Germano and this was the perfect spot for a few reasons.
1. Location – Close to Termini
Travelling to Rome will mean a lot of sightseeing and backpacking round the city itself, so you’ll want to at least base yourself somewhere near the main bus and train station and metro lines which is why Hotel Papa Germano is perfect.
Situated on Via Calatafimi in the Castro Pretorio district this is just a 5 minute walk from the main bus and train station, plus the metro station of the same name, Termini. I got off my flight in Ciampino airport, boarded a bus to Termini (€3.90) and had just a 5 minute stroll to my hotel. A perfect start to my two days in Rome.
2. Wi-Fi and Computers
Hotel Papa Germano has good Wi-Fi and even better they have computers so you can get online even if you travel without a laptop. Wi-Fi worked in my room too; room 115.
Some hotels lack information completely, but not Hotel Papa Germano, on arrival I was supplied with a map (standard for guests) and there is a library of books in the common room as well as lots of leaflets on tours of Rome, and free maps.
there is a library of books in the common room as well as lots of leaflets on tours of Rome and free maps
A good place to start before you head out to explore the city.
4. A Hotel That is Like a Hostel
I loved the way the rooms are hotel standard, pristine and clean. Yet this place has the feel of a hostel – warm, friendly staff (I was served by Hanna when I arrived) and shared dorms.
Yet this place has the feel of a hostel – warm, friendly staff
I was in a 4 bed dorm which was great. Good beds and we had a sink in our room too. Toilets and showers were spotless. The niche of being a hotel and hostel is also advertised by the HPG on its sites, leaflets and business cards.
Don’t believe that Rome can’t be done on a budget. If you stay in Papa Germano, you’re already saving money. Beds from around 17 Euros and up which mean you can afford to splash out on that extra pizza, beer and ice cream that you’ll no doubt crave – you’re in Italy!
Sleep for cheap and eat well!
So after a quick couple of days in Rome (where I also did a tour of the Vatican City with Walks of Italy), I headed to Fiumicino Airport to board that milestone flight to Tunis in Tunisia.
Guided City Tour of Rome
The Catacombs Tour
Arte Vaticana Guided Tour in Vatican
This was a great place to stay before hitting my 100th country milestone.