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Advice for First Night Newbies

bonlee | Aug 13, 201305:09 PM

I'm going to Italy with my husband in September, and we're spending our first two nights in Rome at Hotel Canada before heading to Venice. We're flying in from Vancouver with a two-hour layover in Amsterdam, so we'll be jet-lagged and tired. I also know we'll want to get out and walk a bit and have some dinner.

I've been reading the CH Italy page for some time and have Elizabeth Minichilli's and Katie Parla's apps on my iPad, but some guidance for our first night would really be appreciated as neither of us have been to Rome and we don't speak Italian.

Ideally we'd like something about 20 minutes walk from our hotel, hopefully past some interesting scenery, and safe walking back from dinner. I can't eat mollusks, but other than that, no limitations. We'd like to spend an averageish amount for Rome, for food that isn't too fussy and has some lighter options on the menu, in a place that is welcoming of but not overrun with tourists. Comfortable seating would be a bonus.

I've come up with a few options, but I'm not clear about their pros and consand was wondering in anyone had any light to cast or info to share.

The options are:
Urbana 47
L'Asino D'oro
Colline Emiliane
Trattoria Monti
Trattoria Cadorna

Also, it will be a Saturday night (Sept 14). Is it a good idea to have our hotel make a reservation once we've selected a place to eat?


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