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Budget Rome apartments

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Not surprisingly, Italy is one of the world's favourite destinations. It has so much to offer: great history, culture, stunning architecture and natural beauty.

Rome is one of those cities people want to visit over and over, and as Catriona Rowntree discovered, it needn't break the bank.

Renting an apartment can be a cheaper option than staying in a hotel, and Cross-Pollinate lists apartments and B&Bs in Italy's major cities, Paris and Barcelona. Using their service could mean you have more money to spend on the important things, such as food, wine and fashion.

Appartamento Celio

Appartamento Celio is on a quiet street in the heart of Rome, between the Colosseum and Villa Celimontana, a large park which has nightly concerts during summer. It has three bedrooms, large eat-in kitchen and large living-dining area, which has a queen sofa bed. There are two bathrooms and two balconies and as the owners also stay there, it has every convenience you require.

Restaurants, wine bars, delis, gelatarias, markets and a metro station are a stone's throw away. You can pack a delicious lunch and visit one of the local parks.

The Colosseum

Everyone is in awe of the size and history of the Colosseum. Men dressed as gladiators strut around the 2000-year-old building and you can be photographed with them. Set the price before the picture is taken, though! Guided tours in English are available at the entrance. After the visit you may be inspired to think about signing the children up for a gladiator school at via Arpeah.

Villa Borghese

Just north of the centre of Rome this 80-hectare, heart-shaped park is the perfect picnic destination. There are plenty of tables and benches under spreading shade trees. For family amusement, there are bicycles and in-line skates for hire. Train rides, a zoo, puppet theatre and play equipment.

Location

Rome, the Eternal City.

Cost

Appartamento Celio on Rome's via Marco Aurelio has rooms start at around $175 a double a night. It is a self-catering apartment and there a no extra fees for cleaning.

The Colosseum is open between 9am and 7pm every day. If you buy a two- or seven-day archaeological pass in advance, you can skip the queues and enjoy nine archaeological attractions at a reduced price.

Emirates has flights to Rome.

Fares from:

  • Perth $2170
  • Melbourne $2222
  • Sydney $2238
  • Brisbane $2241
  • Adelaide $2266

Conditions apply.

Prices correct at February 26, 2009.

For further information

Cross-Pollinate
Ph: 39 069727 9432
48, Sqaq Nru 2
Triq ix-Xatt
Pieta' MSD 08
Malta
www.cross-pollinate.com
info@cross-pollinate.com

Italian Government Tourist Office
Level 4, 46 Market Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9262 1666
www.italiantourism.com.au
Italia@italiantourism.com.au

Emirates
Ph: 1300 303 777
www.emirates.com

Visas: Australians don't need a visa to enter Italy for stays of up to 90 days.

Electricity: Standard voltage is 220V. Power points have two or three holes, plugs are the European standard, with two or three round pins.

Time zone: GMT +1 hour.

Currency: The euro which is divided into 100 cents.

International dialling code: +39 6.

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User comments
Can someone please tell me where i can buy one of the handbags that Catriona had on this segment? It said 'Paris, Rome, London, Geelong, New York'. I am desperate for one !!
On Thursday evening Getaway offered a $120 room rate and gave the contact number 1800 363600 and their website as being the two avenues for booking the offer. Search as I could I was unable to find any of the hotel deals offered in the program nor after some 40 minutes holding onto the telephone was I able to get further than being told by Menzies Hotel switchboard that she was putting through to a reservations clerk - I am very disappointed with this show as we really did want to book in for March 7 accommodation
Hi, I have just watched Getaway (Thu 26th Feb), and seen the segment on the apartments on the beach in southern Italy for around $100 per night including meals. Worked out at $785 per week. Can you please send me some more information... perfect honeymoon destination!!! Thanks!!!

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