Convents in Italy
Rome is an expensive city for accommodations. Even a double room in a moderately priced hotel in Rome can be expensive. While one and two star pensioni are less expensive, the best bargain by far are convents that take in paying guests. Convents are located all over central Rome and many are found near the Vatican. They accept women and men, as well as families with children. Be aware that most convents have a nightly curfew. Here are some of our recommendations for Rome, Assisi, Florence, San Gimingnano, San Giovanni Rotondo and Venice.
A Word of Advice:. You will notice that since the Jubilee, more convents now have email addresses, and this is certainly the best way to reach them. If there is no email it is best to fax them. Most of the convents listed have someone who speaks English available. We have included a few places where English is not spoken, but the facility is so well located, it is worth the difficulty in communicating!
Be Aware: We cannot fax, phone or email for you! We provide up to date information and the rest is up to you!
ROME: Convents Near the Vatican
DOMUS AURELIA SUORE ORSOLINE ( Via Aurelia, 218, 00165 Rome. Tel. 06.636.784; FAX: 06.3937.6480). The prices here are 73.000 for a single room, 115.000 for a double room, and 150.000 for a triple room. Breakfast is available at an extra charge. There is an 11:30 PM curfew.
DOMUS CARMELITANA SANT'ALBERTO (Via Alberico II, 44 - 00193 Rome; Tel. 06.3281.3500, FAX: 06.3281.3501; e-mail email@example.com ) located between Castel S. Angelo and St. Peter's. The fares vary from season to season.
FIGLIE DELLA CARITÀ DI S. VINCENZO DÈ PAOLI (Via Ezio, 28; Tel. 06.321.6686; FAX: 06.323.0261), near the Lepanto Subway stop. Full board is 80.000 Lire; half board is 70.000 Lire, bed and breakfast is 50.000 Lire. The prices are per person. There are no private baths and curfew is at 10:30 PM.
FIGLIE DELLA PRESENTAZIONE (Via S. Agatone Papa, 16 - 00165 Rome; Tel. 06.632.943; FAX: 06.630.324) They charge 70.000 Lire for a single room and 120.000 Lire for a double room. Only breakfast is served.
ISTITUTO RAVASCO (Via Pio VIII, 28 - 00165 Rome - Tel. 06.3937.5805; FAX 06.636.721). Room with breakfast is Lire 60.000, half board is 75.000 Lire, - prices are per person.
MAESTRE PIE FILIPPINI ( Via Messori, 19 - 00165 Rome - Tel. 06.635.201; FAX: 06.636.347. They charge 60.000 Lire for bed and breakfast per person. No other meals are served. Curfew is at 10:30 p.m.
PADRI TRINITARI (Piazza S. Maria delle Fornaci. Tel. 06.6383.888 or 06.3936.7632; FAX: 06.3936.6795). They charge 75.000 Lire per person for bed and breakfast; 130.000 Lire for a double room and 160.000 for a room with 3 beds. No other meals are served. Here there is a single room with Handicapable access! English spoken.
S. MARIA DELLE FORNACI (Piazza Santa Maria delle Fornaci, Tel. 06.6383.888 or 06.3639.7632; FAX: 06.3936.6795; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) They charge 85.000 Lire per person for bed and breakfast; 140.000 Lire for a double room and 170.000 Lire for a room with 3 beds. No other meals are served. There is a single room with Handicapable access! English spoken.
SUORE TEATINE, (Salita Monte del Gallo, 25 00165 Rome - Tel. 06.637.4084 or 06.637.4653; FAX: 06.3937.9050). They charge 75.000 Lire per person for bed and breakfast; 120.000 Lire for a double room, and 160.000 Lire for a room of 3. Not all rooms have private baths. Curfew is at 11:00PM. A fifteen-minute walk from St. Peter's or just minutes away on the 41 bus:
SUORE DOROTEE, (Via del Gianicolo, 4A, 00165 Rome - Tel. 06.6880.3349; FAX 06.6880.3311) is halfway on the Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo) from colorful Trastevere in a quiet spot with a pretty garden across the street from the medieval church of S. Onofrio and near the North American College where many Americans study for priesthood. Full board is 100.000 Lire per person and half is 90.000 Lire. For a single room the price is 100.000 Lire for half board. All rooms have private baths. Curfew is at 11:00. English and French spoken. They are recommended by the Vatican Tourist Information Bureau.
SUORE PALLOTTINE (Viale delle Mura Aurelie, 7B, 00165 Rome - Tel. 06.635.697; Fax 06.3936.6943.) Rates are 60.000 Lire for a single room with breakfast, 95.000 Lire for a double room without private bath and 150.000 Lire with private bath ( full or half board not available). There is a 12:00midnight curfew for the first night, any additional nights a key will be given out.
SUORE SACRA FAMIGLIA (Viale Vaticano, 92 - 00165 Rome; Tel: 06.3972.3797; FAX: 06.3972.3792) Rates are 60.000 per person without breakfast. No meals are served. Curfew is at 12:00 midnight.
SUORE DELL'ADDOLORATA ( Borgo Santo Spirito, 41 - 00193 Rome - Tel. 06.686.1076; FAX 06.6865.664; e-mail: SSMSANPIETRO@Libero.it ) There are only rooms with three or four beds. They charge 60.000 Lire per person, which includes breakfast. No other meals are served.
VILLA AURELIA (Via Leone XIII, 459 - 00165 Rome - Tel: 06.6601.7458; FAX: 06.6604.49467) They charge 115.000 Lire for a single room and 180.000 Lire for a double room. [Top of Page]
ROME: Convents in the Historic Center
The best location in Rome, near the Spanish steps
LE SUORE DI LOURDES (Via Sistina, 113 - 00187 Rome. Tel. 06.474.5324; FAX: 06.4741.422. Via Sistina, which runs from the top of the Spanish Steps to Piazza Barberini, has been the center of action in Rome since the 18th century and is still an elegant shopping street. They charge 55.000 Lire for a single room without bath; 70.000 Lire with bath; only breakfast is included and no other meals are served). Le Suore di Lourdes is a great find. Curfew is at 10:30PM.
CASA DI SANTA BRIGIDA ( Piazza Farnese, 96 - 00186 Rome. Tel. 06.6889.2596; FAX: 06.6889.1573; e-mail: email@example.com ) Piazza Farnese is near the Campo dè Fiori and within walking distance from Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica.
CASA IL ROSARIO (Via S. Agata dei Goti, 10 - 00184 Rome. Tel. 06.679.2346; FAX: 06.6994.1106) Located near the Quirinale Palace and Piazza Venezia. Prices for bed and breakfast are 75.000 Lire for a single room, 140.000 Lire for a double room and 200.000 for a room with 3 beds. They also have a single Handicapable room with access! No other meals are served and curfew is at 11:00PM.
CASA UNIONE MISTERIUM CHRISTI ( Via Merulana, 174 - 00185 Rome. Tel. 06.70492421; FAX: 06.7707.7707.) They charge 65.000 Lire per person for bed and breakfast.
FRATERNA DOMUS (Via del Monte Brianza, 62 - 00186 Rome. Tel. 06.6880.2727; FAX: 06.683.2691; e-mail DOMUSRM@TIN.IT ) is centrally located between the Tiber and Piazza Navona. Recommended by the Vatican Tourist Information Bureau. They charge 90.000 Lire per person for room with breakfast and 150.000 for a double room. All rooms have private baths.
OSTELLO MARELLO YOUTH HOSTEL, Oblates of Saint Joseph: (Via Urbana 40, 00184 Rome. Tel: 06.482.5361, Fax: 06.481.9743) Located near the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Prices are per person single or double rooms, 60.000 Lire with bath and 50.000 Lire without bath.
SUORE DI S. ANNA DELLA PROVVIDENZA (Via Giusti, 5 00185 Rome. Tel. 06.704.53711; FAX: 06.7045.3513) Midway between San Giovanni and Santa Maria Maggiore. They charge 70.000 Lire per person for bed and breakfast and 65.000 per person for a double room. No other meals are served. Curfew is at 10:00 PM.
VILLA ROSA. Dominican Sisters, (Via Terme Deciane, 5, 00153 Rome. Tel. 06.5717.091, Fax: 06.5745.275.) Located between the Piramid and Circo Massimo and easily reached either by bus or subway. English spoken. The fares for bed and breakfast are 80.000 Lire for a single room, 140.000 Lire for a double room and 60.000 Lire for a room of three or four. No other meals are served.
For a complete listings of convents and other religious institutions that offer low-cost accommodations to visitors, write to: Vicariato di Roma, Piazza S. Giovanni,6 - 00184 Rome, Italy; or to the Rome Tourist Board, Via Parigi, 11 - 00185 Rome, Tel. 06.3600.4399; www.romaturismo.com . For Parish group bookings only for the City of Rome, contact Peregrinatio Ad Petri Sedem, just off St. Peter's Square in Piazza Pio XII, 4 - 00120 Vatican City State (Tel. 06.6988.4896, FAX: 06.6988.5617; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ) [Top of Page]
Convents in Assisi
ALBERGO ANCAJANI (Via Acajani 16, 06081, Assisi, Tel: 075.815128, Fax: 075.815129, e-mail: email@example.com ) Located just 200 meters from the Basilica of San Francis, the restored convent of the Poor Sisters of the Holy Stigmata is a real find! Since the Jubilee they continue to make improvements and are presently adding air conditioning for which there is a small supplement added to the bill. Rooms have private baths and telephones and includes breakfast. Singles are 85.000 Lire and doubles 140.000 Lire.
CASA DI SANTA BRIGIDA (Via Moiano 1, 06081 Assisi, Tel: 075.812693, Fax: 075.813216, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) While it is a five minute climb uphill to the historic center from their convent, the Brigittine have a wonderful home and offer retreats and spiritual programs as well as hospitality for pilgrims. They have parking, an elevator a chapel, library, garden and TV room. All rooms have private baths. Singles or doubles are 95.000 Lire per person. The most difficult part is finding this convent. If arriving by train, take the bus from the train station and ask the driver to stop for you. By car it is on the left when you reach Via Vittorio Emanuele.
SAINT ANTHONY GUEST HOUSE (Via Galeazzo Alessi 10, 06081 Assisi, Tel: 075.812542, Fax: 075813723, e-mail: email@example.com ) Run by the American Atonement Sisters, this lovely retreat house also takes in pilgrims and tourists. If you are interested in a directed retreat during your visit, be sure to tell them. They offer, parking a chapel, a library and breakfast is included. You can also take lunch here as well if you ask for slight supplement. Dinner however is on your own. They have an 11 PM curfew. Singles are 60.000 Lire, doubles 100.000 Lire and triples 140.000 Lire.[Top of Page]
Convents in Florence
CASA SANTA NOME DI GESU (Piazza del Carmine 21, 50124 Firenze, Tel: 055.213856, Fax: 055.281835, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) Across the Arno near the beautiful church of Santa Maria Del Carmine where the famous Massacio frescoes are found. The rooms are quite nice with large shuttered windows, however there are no private baths. There is a library, chapel and TV room. Breakfast is included and prices are 65.000 75.000 Lire for a single, 55.000 65.000 per person for a double or triple. The sisters also offer lunch for an additional 20.000 Lire. They also take most credit cards, something few convents do! Take Bus D from the station and get off at Borgo S. Frediano. The sisters speak English, French, German and Spanish!
INSTITUTO OBLATE DELL ASSUNZIONE (Via Borgo Pinti 15, 50121, Firenze, Tel: 055.2480582, Fax: 055.2346291) Near the Duomo and just a ten minute walk from the train station, this lovely convent is a former villa and it is quite beautiful, despite its drab exterior. Most rooms do not have baths but the bathrooms are quite modern! And there is a beautiful garden in the center of the convent. Rates are 65.000 Lire per person and breakfast is not provided. Curfew is at 11 PM. There is both a chapel and a TV room. If you do not have a lot of luggage you can walk, otherwise take either Bus 23 or 14 to the Piazzo Dumo.
INSTITUTO SUORE DI SANTELIZABETTA (Viale Michelangelo 46, 50125, Firenze, Tel: 055.6811884, e-mail: email@example.com ) Located just below the Piazza Michelangelo across the Arno with a spectacular view of the city of Florence. The convent has small but pleasant rooms, a beautiful breakfast room, a chapel and TV room. Rates are 65.000 Lire for single with bath, 56.000 without bath, doubles are 60.000 Lire per person with bath and 51.000 per person without bath. A quiet location with wonderful sunsets over the old city. From the train station, take a cab, or the 23 or 33 Bus. The sisters suggest that you avoid Bus 13 which makes its way to the Piazza Michelangelo but takes about 40 minutes to get there! [Top of Page]
Convents/Pensiones in San Giovanni Rotondo
CASA ACCOGLIENZA SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE (Viale Cappuccini, 125, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tel: 0882.456031, Fax: 0882.413282) This pensione charges 105.000 Lire per person for full board and room. Their cufew is 11:30 PM.
SUORE DEL BAMBINO GESU (Via Ardua, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tel: 0882.456031, Fax: 0882.413282) The sisiters charge 105.000 Lire per person for full board. For families of four or more they reduce the rate to 90.000 Lire.
CASA SAN GUISEPPE (Viale Cappuccini, 111, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tel: 0882.451121, Fax: 0882.451122) This pensione particularly enjoys hosting families and groups. They charge 80.000 Lire per person for full board and room.
For a complete listings of facilities that offer low-cost accommodations to visitors in San Giovanni Rotondo, go to www.sangiovannirotondo.com and under "Ricettivita" you will find a complete list of convents, pensiones and hotels. [Top of Page]
Convents in San Gimingano
CONVENTO SANTAGOSTINO (Piazza SantAgostino 10, 53037, San Gimingano, Tel: 0577.940383, Fax: 0577.940383 ) A short ride from Siena, San Gimingano the city of the five towers is one of the great treasures of Tuscany. The Augustinian monks welcome pilgrims, tourists and people seeking a few days of retreat! Rooms are small and there are no private baths, but breakfast is included. Rates are 45.000 Lire per person and the monastery has both parking and a pleasant garden. [
Convents in Venice
CASA MONS. CABURLOTTO (Santa Croce 316- Fondamenta Rizzi, 30125, Venezia, Tel: 041.710877, Fax: 041.710875) Just a ten minute walk from the Santa Lucia Train Station, this convent serves as a residence for students, but during the summer months the sisters take in guests. The rooms are safe, clean and simple and most rooms have private baths. While we normally do not recommend convents where the sisters do not speak English, we have made an exception because of the location. Rates are 60.000 Lire per person and breakfast is included. You can take the water bus (1,2,5 and 34) to the Piazzale Roma (the parking area for Venice). It is then about a four block walk south to the Fondamenta Rizzi. The convent sits along the canal where Santa Maria Maggiore is located.
CASA CARDINAL PIAZZA (Cannaregio 3539A, 30121, Venezia, Tel: 041.721388, Fax: 041.720233) Located on the northern end of the island, the sisters have a complicated mission. They run this convent as a retreat and conference center. Recently the Patriarch of Venice has asked them to care for retired priests as well. So the number of avaliable rooms fluctuates on the basis of their various work. All rooms have private baths and there is a beautiful garden in the center of the convent. It is quiet place of rest in the midst of busy Venice. Curfew is at 11 PM. Single rooms are 60.000 Lire and doubles 110.000 Lire. Breakfast is a supplement of 5.000 Lire and you can take all your meals here if you ask. Take water bus 52 and get off at Madonna dellOrto.
INSTITUTO ARTIGIANELLI ( Dorsoduro 919, 30123, Venezia, Tel: 041.522.4077, Fax: 041.528.6214, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) This is our first choice in Venice! While they still do not yet offer breakfast, they are in construction to become a major guesthouse. Eventually they will have their own restaurant! Along the southern canal of the city, it is an easy water bus ride to San Marco and a short walk to the Accademia about three blocks north. They have a lovely garden, a chapel, library and TV room. The rooms are small but most have private baths. Rates are 85.000 Lire for a single and 130.000 Lire for a double. Curfew is at midnight. Take the water bus 51 to the "Zattere"stop. When you disembark, the institute is between the churches of Santa Maria della Visitazione and the Gesuiti. [Top of Page]
Top of Page]