House of the Suore di San Giuseppe dell' Apparizione
Casa Per Ferie San Emilia De Vialar offers stunning views over the Vatican, a peaceful garden and well appointed facilities while maintaining it's tradition for history. A fantastic Roman experience in a beautifully presented location.
Well located to all the sites of central Rome, from the Vatican to Castel Sant'Angelo.
Rated 4.7 out of 5
This is the fourth time our family has used this monastery. We like its location and we think it is very good value. Generous breakfast and an easy walk to and from most tourist spots as well as public transport.
This convent is operated by the Suore di San Giuseppe dell' Apparizione.
A grand villa presenting imposing spaces, original architectural features blended with beautifully presented and spacious rooms and guest facilities.
Breakfast is included in the price. There are many dining options within walking distance of the venue.
Dining Room N/A
Tea and Coffee facilities
Local Services within 500m
With breathtaking views of the city, guests can enjoy the tranquility of the gardens and the large open spaces.
Chair and Desk
The historic center of Rome. City with easy access. Bus, train and metro stops for local and surrounding locations.
This is the fourth time our family has used this monastery. We like its location and we think it is very good value. Generous breakfast and an easy walk to and from most tourist spots as well as public transport.
Bertha - NSW, Australia (December 2019)
The Casa was perfect for me. As well as all the amenities and the lovely staff I loved the garden and the view out my bedroom window over the dome of the Vatican, the fresh air, and accessibility to the public bus service (2 minutes walk).
Irene Maria - NSW, Australia (November 2019)
All of the sisters were very welcoming and gracious hosts. The sister who checked me in even made me a plate of food because I had gotten in so late that most everything nearby was closed. Because it’s on a hill, it could be a challenging hike coming from the Vatican for anyone who struggles with mobility issues, but there is a bus stop very close by. The flip side of that is the incredible view—especially of St. Peter’s Basilica at dawn and dusk. Breakfast is nothing major (e.g., cereal, some meat and cheese, crescents), but it’s nice to have a little something in the morning, and it’s included in the very reasonable price. The beds are pretty small, especially for someone on the taller side, and quite firm, but it’s not advertised as a luxury hotel. I would definitely stay here again.
David - , United Kingdom (October 2019)
Fantastic in every way, but it is best to have good walking shoes!
Runar - , Iceland (October 2019)
My wife and I loved it. The convent is situated about 20 minutes walk from St Peters and is set on a hill with fantastic views and lovely gardens. The nuns were really kind and very helpful. The rooms are basic but very clean provide en suite facilities. We will definitely visit here again!
Philip - Lancashire, United Kingdom (October 2019)
Very friendly with many amenities. Beautiful views.
Irene - IL, United States (September 2019)
All aspects were very good. The evening meal across the road at Casa Bonus Pastor was also very good and a good way to meet other travellers.
Gordon - Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (June 2019)
Beautiful building, lovely gardens wonderfully kept and very warm welcome.
Pauline - , United Kingdom (June 2019)
Enjoyed our stay very much would certainly stay there again.
Allen - Cheshire, United Kingdom (May 2019)
I love the location, the sister and the views from the property. Very nice, quiet and just lovely all around.
Timothy - FL, United States (March 2019)
I really liked the Convent and the nuns were very helpful.
Stephanie - EastSussex, United Kingdom (March 2019)
I was very blessed to stay there at this beautiful Convent with the beautiful sisters.
Tina - NC, United States (March 2019)
A very enjoyable stay, good value for money, just a little too far to the centre of Rome with public transport.
Anne - , United Kingdom (February 2019)
I would like to thank everyone at the Monastery for the assistance, everyone was friendly and very helpful.
Lauren - SA, Australia (February 2019)
My family and I had the most enjoyable stay. The sisters were most welcoming and we all felt a part of their family. The rooms and breakfast were great. The location was superb in that it allowed us easy access to the Vatican as well as transportation locations for ease of travel around the city. We will definitely look at choosing San Emilia De Vialar the next time we have the occasion to visit this grand city.
Raymond - NC, United States (November 2018)
Amazing location with views from a lovely garden.The accommodation were clean private rooms away from noise and the crowds. Breakfast was fresh and had many choices including some gluten free. The sisters are helpful and speak Italian and English. We would come back again.
Domenic - SC, United States (July 2018)
We had a lovely 3-night stay and Casa Per Ferie San Emilia De Vialar. It is in a very good location - close to the Vatican (can see St. Peter's dome from the property), beautiful gardens and an easy walk to restaurants. It is austere and my only warning is not to expect much from the breakfast as it is very, very simple. Not a problem for us as we were out the However, it was very, very clean and the sisters were extremely welcoming. A good value!
Kathryn - TX, United States (June 2018)
It was a really good place, good view, calmness,cleanness, good meal and hospitality. I will stay again when I come to Rome.
Park - Seoul, South Korea (June 2018)
We stayed a night at the convent and wished we had been able to stay longer -- we had an airbnb booked, and to be honest, the bathroom of the convent was nicer than the bathroom of the apartment we stayed at! The rooms are simply furnished but very clean-- it's a little puzzling reading some of the negative comments in the reviews who seem to have been expecting a 5-star hotel experience. I mean, it is a convent after all. The grounds/gardens are lovely and it was really nice waking up in the morning to the sounds of singing from mass.
Some quick comments that may help make your stay proceed more smoothly:
The sisters were friendly and welcoming and many of them spoke proficient/fluent English.
The convent is located on a hill. This is both a good and bad thingâ€”on one hand, it means that the convent has a beautiful view of St Peterâ€™s Basilica and the surrounding area and you can see the mountains in the distance. On the other hand, it means that you are going to be walking up that hill if you take metroâ€”(the closest stop is Valle Aurelia). Itâ€™s about a 15-20 minute walk and itâ€™s not a leisurely stroll (especially if you have luggage)-- as others noted, the sidewalk is narrow, bumpy, and runs along a busy street). Would not recommend walking up that hill late at night without a flashlight from your phone. If you want to avoid this walk, there is a bus stop (for the 46 and 49 buses) that stops on the street outside the convent, which is a much more convenient option.
If youâ€™re coming back late at night (before curfew, of course), the gate to the convent will probably be closed. Walk to the left of the gate where there will be a door in the wall and press the small black button in the door (donâ€™t press for too long because it makes a loud obnoxious sound at the convent) and the sisters will let you in. The door will close behind you automatically. Also, you can call their front office and ask where that button is, since there are cameras at the door.
There is a bathroom for every two beds (if the room has two beds, then there is an en-suite bathroom attached.)
There are shared hair-dryers available in the kitchenette area.
Be sure to request a room with a view of St. Peterâ€™s when you are booking the room through monasterystays! It doesnâ€™t hurt to askâ€”I didnâ€™t see many guests during our stay, so it seems that you will have a good chance of getting one of these rooms.
Megan - NY, United States (June 2018)
The convent has simple, clean and spacious accommodation. The single beds are on the narrow side but we adjusted to the size after the first day. There is good wifi but you need to download tv or radio programmes if that is what you need (You tube and Google are accessible) It is a very peaceful and restful place. It has cool marble floors and good air conditioning. There is a lovely view over the city and the gardens are shaded. It was nice to have somewhere outside to sit. The staff are very helpful and helped up with any questions we had. If you don't always want to eat out there is a small kitchen with kettle and microwave. The lunch and evening meals at Casa Bonus Pastor across the road are very popular and should be tried at least once. There is also a small bar for an evening drink. Although the convent is near the Vatican you need to take a bus to get there as there is a lack of pavements. To get into the centre we used the 46 bus from outside the convent and the metro from Aurelia which is a 15 min walk, some of the walk is along a dual carriage way with little pavement. This route is okay for adults but not for families with pushchairs or buggies. The metro is easy to use but the bus goes nearer the historic centre and the Travestere area. The staff ordered taxis for us when we needed them. We ordered one to the airport for 35 euros. There is lots of information on the internet about how the metro and bus work in Rome. At the end of our 4 night say we had a great time in Rome and felt well looked after. Thank you.
Colette - Norfolk, United Kingdom (May 2018)
Nice place to stay. The sisters were very polite. Good location - just a 15min walk to the St Peter's Basilica. Bus no. 46 at the main road will take you to central Rome (Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum, etc.)
James - , Singapore (December 2017)
We found the Sisters very welcoming and friendly. Not all of them spoke English but we got through. Breakfast was basic but adequate. The room was very clean and the staff were obliging. A lovely peaceful place to base ourselves in while we visited Rome.
Tom - , New Zealand (September 2017)
I had a wonderful stay at Casa Per Ferie San Emilia de Vialar. It was close to the Vatican and to the two public buses that I always used daily, to take me to where I wished to go. These bus stops where walking distance from the Monastery. The sisters where such great help, I personally found that Sister Esther was the most helpful to me and she was the most attive to me. It was my first time travelling alone and due to the latter, on the first day I was very anxious and Sister Esther calmed me down. I arrived in Rome as a little bird learning how to fly and I left as a strong eagle, with strong wings and that knows how to fly on its own. Thank you for everything.
Goretti - QC, Canada (September 2017)
The convent is a very special place to stay, so beautiful and peaceful with beautiful gardens and a fantastic view of St Peter's. The nuns are very helpful and friendly.
The convent is on a 46 bus route to the Piazza Venezia but the buses come about every half hour and are slow due to traffic congestion so we found it quicker to use the Metro from Valle Aurelia. The Vatican is about a 20 minute walk.
The Casa Bonus Pastor for dinner across the road is marvellous value and so friendly and convenient with homely food.
Ursula - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (May 2017)
My my what a beautiful place I stayed at in Rome. My stay at this place was really wonderful. I came from India after a very long journey and I received one of the most cordial welcome. Thanks to the sisters. Above all it is walking distance from St Peter's. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this convent and with these particular sisters. Breakfast was plentiful. If you are searching for a quiet and serene place in Rome don't make a mistake of going any where else. You will not regret your stay at this convent.
James - Gujarat, India (March 2017)
An excellent location, if you are visiting the Vatican, an inexpensive taxi ride from other areas of the city. The sisters were very welcoming and gracious; very helpful with public transport and guide directions. Breakfast a little more substantial than typical Italian fare, a nice touch. It is a quiet residential area, there are no stores or restaurants nearby. Ask about dining across the street, Casa Bonus Pastor. We ate the evening meal there several times, very good with a good price. Be sure to request a room with a view of St. Peter's, never hurts to ask!
Andrew - NS, Canada (November 2016)
Comfy beds and basic breakfast. Rooms were spotless and clean. My only issue was that it was a good 20 minutes to Metro, if you don't have a car, stay closer to any Metro station. It was 30 minutes walk to Vatican though.
Peter - Act, Australia (November 2016)
Secure and quiet.
Filma - CA, United States (September 2016)
We had a very delightful stay. The room was better than we expected (even after looking at the online photographs). It had a very nice attached bathroom with shower. Our room was A/C which was important given how hot it was in June. You can't beat the location... we were just a 3 minute walk to the walls that surrounded the Vatican and a 20 minute walk to the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Everyone was very helpful and we truly had a wonderful stay!
Dev - GA, United States (June 2016)
This accommodation is within walking distance to the Vatican or you can take bus no. 49. We took bus no. 46 to the central part of Rome but coming back the bus on this route were very crowded and irregular at the time.
Michael - South Australia, Australia (June 2016)
The welcoming Sisters were wonderful, the room clean and location was great; don't forget to request a room (in advance) with a view of St Peter's Basilica! It was wonderfully quiet with a peaceful feel, just as all the other reviews said. I would highly recommend staying here.
Eileen - CO, United States (April 2016)
My ratings were 10/10 for all,given the nature of the facility. The Sisters were very friendly and as helpful as they could be.
To return to the quiet solitude after the hustle and bustle of the city was a blessing.
Susan - Western Australia, Australia (April 2016)
Friendly community of sisters and very helpful. Excellent value meal available at the nearby Casa Buon Pastore. Beautiful location and very peaceful after a day in the busy city of Rome.
Fr. Martin - , United Kingdom (April 2016)
We were very pleased with the accommodation.
Michael - Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (September 2015)
Absolutely the best place to stay in Rome. Our second time there.
Mary - NY, United States (June 2015)
The nuns were so sweet and accommodating, and the view was absolutely breathtaking. Will stay there again, without a doubt.
Rosanna - FL, United States (June 2015)
It was lovely waking up by the sound of the birds and the view from the window made it perfect. I never saw such a beautiful hotel garden in a city centre. I loved the sisters, very helpful and attentive. I will certainly come back at and tell it to all my friends.
Marianne - , Netherlands (June 2015)
Fabulous location. Extremely clean. Very pleasant staff.
Jacqueline - Ontario, Canada (May 2015)
It was a peaceful haven away from the bustle of Rome and a short walk to Vatican City. Fantastic view of St Peters from my bed.
Alyson - New South Wales, Australia (April 2015)
When we walked up to the monastery for the first time we could not believe how absolutely beautiful the grounds were. Then we looked out and the view was superb with the Vatican and Saint Peter's right there, and also right outside our room window.It was unbelievable. The rooms were first class and the common room and breakfast were great. We met several other guests at this monastery due to the way the grounds and common breakfast hall were designed.
Steven - AK, United States (October 2014)
Our room stepped out to the roof. We overlooked the Vatican and saw St. Peter's dome every night. Very close to the Vatican. You could walk there. The staff and the nuns were very nice and helpful. Cleaner than most hotel rooms. You could eat off of the floor!
Julie - MN, United States (September 2014)
An oasis of calm and rest after a busy day in Rome. Arrangement with Bonus Pastor for evening meals worked very well.
Gordon - Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (September 2014)
The Sisters were very helpful and even called us a cab to the airport. The view of St. Peter's is impressive and the rose garden very lovely. We were disappointed in the meager breakfast however.
Cynthia - PA, United States (July 2014)
Excellent! Would definitely stay again. Thanks!
John - MA, United States (June 2014)
We were made to feel very welcome. Sisters were very helpful with information.
Gary - New South Wales, Australia (May 2014)
They could improve their breakfast.
Oyvind - , Norway (April 2014)
A beautiful peaceful place to escape the noise of the city. I have stayed at several monasteries in Italy and this is the best.
Beautiful views and kind people.
Robin - WA, United States (March 2014)
Highly recommended. The sisters are so kind and helpful.
Paul - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (February 2014)
Absolutely perfect stay! As a single traveller I felt welcomed and safe in this home with peaceful gardens & the most amazing view of the Vatican. Would not hesitate to stay again or recommend to anyone!
Colleen - NY, United States (September 2013)
If you're looking for a nice quiet place to stay in the middle of Rome, this is your place. Casa per Ferie is truly an oasis in the middle of a turbulent sea. The location is safe and well protected. Several staff members speak English. We started our day with an ample continental breakfast listening to the music from the daily mass. The rooms are simple but large and quite adequate and the beds are good. The view from our window overlooked St. Peters Basilica. There was a nice little garden in front, also overlooking the Vatican, with umbrellas, chairs and tables where we could relax on a warm evening after a long day of visiting the Eternal City. We truly enjoyed our stay and can highly recommend it to anyone who is travelling to Rome.
Ragnar - MA, United States (June 2013)
Beautiful location overlooking The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. Rooms were clean and staff were very willing to assist in booking Taxi services for us and directing us on walking routes to Vatican.
Donald - Ontario, Canada (June 2013)
Great welcome and hospitality from the sisters.
Maureen - Western Australia, Australia (June 2013)
Its location, its gardens and pleasant, peaceful atmosphere are wonderful to rest. It's a very clean and safe facility, an oasis in the heart of Rome. The rooms are spacious, luminous, with hugely high ceilings and have air conditioning and private bathrooms. The front rooms have an outstanding view of the Vatican. The mattresses are a bit harder than usual but we didn't have a problem sleeping.
Maria - MD, United States (May 2013)
This was my favorite of the 4 accommodations we had while in Italy. The room was more spacious. The nuns were so thoughtful and kind. And the view!
Rosemary - VA, United States (May 2013)
Beautiful setting and grounds. Quiet and peaceful in contrast to the city. Helpful, caring staff. Simple but fully adequate facilities.
Julia - South Yorkshire, United Kingdom (April 2013)
Enjoyed our stay very much. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The location and gardens were lovely. The bedrooms were very comfortable and well appointed but they could have done with some pictures on the walls which were almost bare.
Alistair - Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom (September 2012)
A wonderful place to stay, especially if you plan on visiting the Vatican. Not a lot of restaurants in the area. It is a very quiet, peaceful location with a wonderful view of the city and the St. Peter's Dome.
Michael - TX, United States (September 2012)
I recommend anyone to stay at Casa per Ferie, this place was so very quiet and piece full.
Juan, - CA, United States (September 2012)
The sisters are friendly and courteous. They ensured are stay was comfortable. The place isn't far from vatican and buses are available to termini and vatican early in the day and late in the night.
Charles - , United Arab Emirates (March 2011)
An excellent location; easy walking distance to much of the heart of Rome. Security is excellent; service is very good. The rooms are clean and comfortable.
Michael - NE, United States (December 2010)
The monastery that we stayed in Rome was lovely, clean. We were treated well, given good advice. As much as we tried to learn the language it was hard to understand and there were people there who could speak English and were very helpful. Breakfast was the typical European breakfast. Good service. We loved the whole experience. I would recommend it and would love the opportunity to go back.
Robin - WA, United States (October 2010)
Quiet and peaceful location, very pretty garden, nice view The breakfast was ordinary. We did not expect much as we know the Italians don't do breakfast much, but it was still a little disappointing. The beds were firm.
Denise - New South Wales, Australia (September 2010)
We expected good and received excellent rooms. The grounds are lovely which conveys a very peaceful feeling.
Michael - TX, United States (September 2010)
It personally did not bother me though others may disagree, there is a railway station located down the hill from the monastery, so every 15 minutes or so you would hear the train coming by.
Mary Ann - CA, United States (May 2010)
The Monastery was very comfortable and safe. The Sisters treated us very well. They needed to be paid in cash. It would have been much more convenient if they would have taken a credit card. I would also use the monastery again if I were fortunate enough to return to Rome.
Ann - AR, United States (October 2009)
The room was spacious and the monastery was well secured. There was a curfew at 11 pm. That can be difficult when you are wanting to explore the city at night. It is important for the traveller to speak Italian. It was very difficult to communicate in English.
Bryan - WA, United States (June 2009)
The people were friendly and extremely helpful. Everything was wonderful. The location was perfect; the room was excellent - couldn't have asked for more. Definitely! Will go this way again when traveling to Italy.
Ann M - CA, United States (May 2009)
Everything was very good.
Stanislav - CA, United States (May 2009)
Fabulous view! Comfartable, but simple room. Spacious bathroom. Train noise nearby, but many other good things made up for that inconvenience. Fabulous view of some suites and from the garden.
-Spacious green location
-adequate breakfast on-site
Marjorie - Ontario, Canada (May 2009)
It was wonderful! The beauty, location near the Vatican, the caring & knowledgeable Sisters, the cleanliness, great rooms, breakfast, chapel, comfort and welcome, etc.
Elisabeth - CT, United States (April 2009)
It was clean,the people were nice, the view was beautiful and it was reasonably priced. We had to go out for food. The sister's directed us to a nearby guest house which was wonderful.
Claire - NY, United States (March 2009)
Very comfortable room, good bathroom (better than some hotels we stayed at) and great view communication a little difficult, but we got by.
ANN - Queensland, Australia (December 2008)
Very clean, quiet, safe! Wonderful people! Good food! Also, they had bus maps and bus passes for sale.
Connie - CO, United States (October 2008)
Reasonable value. Breakfast was rather limited. Room was on the small side.
Glenn - CA, United States (September 2008)
It was very clean. The breakfast was surprisingly bad- dreadful coffee, stale rolls, no fruit. We did not expect a large meal but decent coffee, fresh bread and one or more additional options certainly are a reasonable expectation.
Jane - PA, United States (June 2008)
Staff friendliness and helpfulness. They accommodated an early morning departure for us during our stay with an early breakfast. The sisters were very cheerful. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat! They also cheerfully accommodated our late arrival on the night of our check-in. Everything was good. I cannot think of a deficiency.
Michael - NE, United States (June 2008)
The room was spacious and we had our own bathroom. It was clean and safe as I hoped. Also the nuns we spoke with were so kind and really cared for our safety since it was our first visit to Rome.
Janna - OH, United States (May 2008)
I didn't expect a big room for that price. It was clean. The rooms were great size for the money. It was nicely run by the nuns. The nuns were friendly.
Christina - , Indonesia (April 2008)
Sr. Cora and the other sisters could not have been more helpful and kind. I was traveling alone and felt very comfortable and safe. Everything was excellent. Recommend without hesitation!
angela - CA, United States (February 2008)
Very peaceful and serene, nuns were very nice and very helpful with bus schedules, etc. Nothing,everything was fine