4 Stars in Rome Means What?

During 2018 EPIC Camp Goodman the Giants stayed at 21 different hotels over 27 nights. Hotel Napoleon in Rome, Italy was the last one. 4 stars and nice pictures lined up a nice end to a great trip.

Affordable enough rates for Deluxe Rooms with breakfast included.

Breakfast was good when it came to breads and fruits. The cold meats and cheeses were European standard in that they were like having a selection of sandwich cold cuts – not too much in the cold meats that is to the Giants’s liking. The warm eggs (scrambled and pie) and warm meats (sausage and bacon) were disappointing.

Have you ever seen baby carrots in cooked eggs? And the picture does not show how the bottom is burned black. No pictures taken of the soupy scrambled eggs – Giants like them dry not liquid.

The property needs updating. It takes one very tight elevator to get from the entry to the lobby. Then another very tight elevator to get to the rooms from the lobby. The elevators are the size a rich person from the 1980s would have put in their 2 story home.

What makes a 4 Star a 4 Star? The beggars and street venders immediately outside of the hotel definitely don’t award the stars. The park across the street that seems to be a den for thieves likely does not give out stars. The late night liquor store and small casino can’t be star givers… The Giants know how the ratings are done and loosely governed – Hotel Napoleon on paper meets the definition. As read above the Giants would not rate the property as luxury.

Access by Rome Metro is great, doorstep great. That’s a positive.

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Friday Nights at the Vatican

The Vatican Museums are open with reservations on Friday nights. The atmosphere and feel is electric. The sense is like those attending are privileged – which they are since tickets are limited and Fridays are the only nights where there is access to the public. Getting to know a family from Australia at dinner at Bianco’s Vespette e Forchette, prior to attending, clearly both families didn’t want the other to feel left out for not having access. And both families felt like they are part of an exclusive club when it was known that all were attending.

If you go, go at night. The place was alive with a classical music concert and many visitors. Pictures are limited by rules to not include the Sistine Chapel. Giants are rule followers and did not snap pics while many other visitors were. Basically, if you want to take pictures when you visit you may be judged in a final judgment after you get away with the action at the time.

A two plus hour guided tour at the Vatican prior to the highlight of the chapel took its toll on the smallest Giant. He and all other Giants were troopers.

Giant tip: book the Friday night tickets once you know you will be in Rome since they sell out early.

Compared to other historic sites in Rome, and Europe for that matter, the Vatican has modernized the non-historic parts.

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Rome Metro Ranking?

The Rome Metro is better than Paris’s Metro in the Giants sampling of the two. The initial post about Paris’s Metro was prior to many hot and sweaty rides with little ventilation, no air conditioning, and rather tight conditions with many other people in standing room only metro cars. The lighted status signs found on the first Paris Metro ride sadly were not on many of them.

The Rome Metro was better than the London Tube in the Giants sampling. It was hot in Rome, but never did the Giants feel Satan’s Breath felt in London. The travel conditions on the metro in Rome were tight, but at least they were cool without the use of a heater.

The last public transit of EPIC Camp Goodman was in Rome. As you can see the Giants could smile without the discomfort easily found on two other transit system in Paris and London.

German systems in Berlin and Hamburg were both used and were the cleanest of all without the negatives found in London and Paris. Likely these cities with their S and U Bahns are better system than Rome’s. So Rome, Italy ranks in the middle of mass transit sampler in June and July of 2018:

Eat at the Train Station in Rome

Travel food is made for the masses to put off hunger until there are better options. Walking past the standard fare Roma Termini train station in Rome around to Mercato Centrale Roma is well worth the steps.

Options are considerable ranging from pastries, Roma special artichokes, sushi, gourmet burgers, to hand carved roast beef. If you have picky eaters of any type described by C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters they will find themselves indulged at Mercato Central Roma.

The Giants ate well with positive reviews:

Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum


Book the trip today!

Go to Rome and take a tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The Giants used TheRomanGuy.com and found the guide to be pleasant and knowledgeable. The Giants would use them again, and they would be willing to try a different company. Nothing seemed to be exceptional when compared to the many other groups visiting the sites.

Only in person can such grand sites be taken in. Plan the trip today and include access to the underground part of the Colosseum if at all possible.


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TheRomanGuy guide and company:

Surprise of the visit to the Colosseum was that it smelled of sewer in many areas around the outside walls.