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Her Scoop on Rome -- Two Experts Report

Dr. Laura Flusche is an Assistant Professor of Art History on the Rome campus of the University of Dallas. She has also worked 12 years on an excavation on the Palatine Hill in Rome's city center. Her business partner, Susan Sanders has taught architecture and design at the Universities of Arkansas, Nebraska, and Kansas. One of Susan's specific areas of research is fashion design in contemporary Rome.

Together, these two savvy JourneyWomen have founded an organization called Urban Iconography. Their goal is to provide visitors to Rome with a unique view of the Eternal City. We are absolutely delighted to have these travellin' women as part of our Journeywoman Network. We asked Laura and Susan to give us the women's scoop on the latest and best in Rome. This is what they generously told us about...

Hotels in Rome...

Rome can be chic and ancient at the same time and the vast variety of hotels in the city reflect this mixture: from the luxurious to the Spartan and from the expensive to the extremely affordable, accommodations in Rome are often unique and almost always interesting and pleasant.

When staying in Rome, it's best to choose accommodations in or near the city center so that you can spend most of your day walking and not have to sort out the intricacies of the public transportation system. One word of warning: guidebooks will tell you that hotels near the Campo dei Fiori are centrally located and good bargains. This is all true, however lately the Campo has become a meeting place for the young who gather in droves to drink and have middle-of-the-night fun. If you want to be part of this action, then a hotel in the Campo dei Fiori is just the place for you. If you intend to spend your nights sleeping, opt for accommodations located at least several blocks away as the noise level is extremely high.

Another area to avoid when looking for a hotel is that just to the north and south of Stazione Termini, Rome's main train station, as it is somewhat dubious during the day and ever more so at night.

We recommend the following hotels. They include two of Romes chicest new places to stay and a variety of lower cost options. As well, women (and others) can stay in any number of the convents and/or buildings run by religious organizations within the city. Though these accommodations tend to be sparse, they are always clean and friendly.


The articles in GIRLTALK Italy have been independently researched by Journeywoman Online. We thank the Italian Government Tourist Board and Air France for sponsoring this female-friendly information. Together it is our aim to inspire women to visit Italy and to travel safely and well.

P.S. Did you know that Charles-de-Gaulle's airport in Paris is Air France's hub? And from Paris, Air France can connect you to 10 Italian cities!

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