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Casa Per Ferie San Emilia De Vialar (LAR118)

Vatican Rome Lazio

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 4.6 out of 5
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 thing—on one hand, it means that the convent has a beautiful view of St Peter’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 metro—(the closest stop is Valle Aurelia). It’s about a 15-20 minute walk and it’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 you’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 (don’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. Peter’s when you are booking the room through monasterystays! It doesn’t hurt to ask—I didn’t see many guests during our stay, so it seems that you will have a good chance of getting one of these rooms.
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Services

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.

Property Services

Basic Breakfast
Internet
Ironing facilities
Parking Onsite
Public Phone
Dining Room N/A
Safe Deposit Box
Tea and Coffee facilities
Tourism Advice
Vending Machine

Room Services

Air Conditioning
Linen Cleaned
Crib available
Hairdryer
Heating
Towels
Refrigerator
Safety Deposit Box
Telephone
Television
Toiletries

Local Services within 500m

Cash Machine
Cafe
Forex Services
Hospital
Laundromat
Grocer/Market
Dining Options

Features

With breathtaking views of the city, guests can enjoy the tranquility of the gardens and the large open spaces.

Property Features

Chapel
Children's Area
Conference Room
Elevator
Fire Detectors
Gardens
Roof Terrace
Common Room
Wheelchair Access

Room Features

Private Bathroom
Chair and Desk
Fire Detector
Disabled Rooms
Windows

Getting Around

The historic center of Rome. City with easy access. Bus, train and metro stops for local and surrounding locations.
General Transport
Bus
Airport
 
 

Customer Reviews

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 thing—on one hand, it means that the convent has a beautiful view of St Peter’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 metro—(the closest stop is Valle Aurelia). It’s about a 15-20 minute walk and it’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 you’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 (don’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. Peter’s when you are booking the room through monasterystays! It doesn’t hurt to ask—I didn’t see many guests during our stay, so it seems that you will have a good chance of getting one of these rooms.
- 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.
- 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.)
- , 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.
- , 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.
- 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.
- Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (May 2017)

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Casa Per Ferie San Emilia De Vialar (LAR118)
Open Year round, except August.
Checkin 11:30am-9:00pm
Checkout 6:30am-10:00am
Curfew 11:00pm
(11:30pm from 1 Jun to 31 Sept)
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  •  Private Bathrooms
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