Agoda's top 10 Rome hotels for Estate Romana 2010
Estate Romana translates to “Roman summer" – a summer-long festival of the arts, encompassing musical, theatrical, and artistic events. The festival has been a fixture of Rome for 33 years and gives travelers the opportunity to experience different aspects of Roman culture and tradition. Most events take place from June to August, though some programs continue to the end of October.
For the duration of Estate Romana, the entire city of Rome becomes a stage, from the suburbs to the historic center. Classical, rock, and jazz concerts crop up in parks and piazzas and an outdoor cinema set up on Tiber Island makes the most of Italy's mellow summer evenings.
More than 150 separate events are scheduled for this year's festival. The beautiful 17th-century Villa Doria Pamphili – the largest public park in Italy – hosts theatrical and musical productions in its manicured gardens. The ancient Foro di Augusto provides a fitting backdrop for historical shows. Big name music artists also feature, with Elton John, Guns n' Roses, Norah Jones, and Elvis Costello performing this year.
For something classically Italian, visitors are treated to three Verdi operas – La Traviata, Aida, and Rigoletto - while literature buffs will enjoy a roster of Shakespearean plays staged in Rome's Silvano Toti Globe Theatre.
To help visitors get the most out of their Estate Romana experience, Agoda has selected its Top 10 Rome hotels. Some have great swimming pools for maximum comfort during summer, some have rooftop terraces with sweeping city-wide views, and some offer guests glimpses into Rome's amazing past. All offer travelers terrific savings when booked through Agoda.com.
AGODA'S TOP 10 ROME HOTELS
1. Kolbe Hotel – Historic, close to Colosseum
This stately four-star hotel is next to Palatine Hill, the site of the Roman Forum and a short walk from the Colosseum. Book at least 3 nights and enjoy a 15 percent discount until August 31.
2. Grand Hotel Plaza – Historic, luxurious, and central
Built in the 1800s, this luxurious hotel is opulently decorated in period style. It's located in the heart of Rome, around the corner from the Tiber and the Mausoleum of Augustus. Book 3 nights, stay 4 nights before August 31.
3. Bettoja Mediterraneo – Retro style, rooftop views, central location
The Mediterraneo is classic Art Deco – guests staying here can immerse themselves in the 1930s, while outside they're steps from Rome Termini and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Pay 3 nights, stay 4 nights until September 5 2010.
4. Melia Aurelia Antica Hotel – Pool, business, and leisure facilities
This 2-star property in Rome's suburbs has the full range of leisure facilities, including a generously-sized pool and fitness room. Also handy for business, it's only a few metro stops away from the Vatican. Book at least 2 nights, 14 days in advance, to enjoy a 20 percent discount until December 31.
5. Black Hotel – Chic and modern with a great pool
This design hotel just outside the city allows guests to cool off in style. A free shuttle transports visitors to and from the center of Rome, or hire a Vespa from reception. Book at least 30 days in advance and enjoy a 15 percent discount for booking. Valid until April 2011.
6. Veneto Hotel – Classic luxury, rooftop terrace views, central location
Guests can feel like royalty in the Veneto's palatial rooms. Located on Via Veneto, this hotel is within walking distance of Rome's main sights. Pay 3 nights in a Classic Double room, stay 4 nights. Valid until August 31.
7. Grand Hotel De La Minerve – 17th-century romance, chic rooftop terrace with views
This beautiful building is within steps of the Pantheon and is a few minutes' walk from Piazza Navona. Guests here enjoy restored rooms with elegant original features, plus all the necessary mod-cons. Book 21 days in advance to enjoy a 15 percent discount until September 5.
8. Hotel Diana – Romantic roof garden, amazing views
This charming 4-star hotel is located in the city center, a few blocks from Rome Termini and within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain. The rooftop garden is the perfect venue for meals, offering unforgettable views over the city. Book at least 2 nights and enjoy a 10 percent discount until August 31 2010.
9. The Savoy – Style and luxury in the city center, rooftop views
The Savoy offers elegantly restored rooms in a 1886 Umberto I style building close to Spagna metro station. Spacious outdoor terraces provide far-reaching views of Rome. Book 2 nights at least 7 days in advance and enjoy a 15 percent discount. Valid until August 31 2010.
10. H10 Roma Citta – Modern with a rooftop pool
This 4-sar business class hotel is located just outside Rome city center, close to Trastevere metro station. This property features Wifi and extensive business facilities. Book at least 30 days in advance to enjoy a 15 percent discount, valid until December 29 2010.
For more information about Agoda, contact href="mailto:PR@Agoda.com">PR@Agoda.com . For the full Estate Romana schedule, visit http://en.estateromana.comune.roma.it/ .
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