Subject: Hotels Smeraldo & La Rovere, Rome
Hi Mark, Hotel Smeraldo is located near Campo de' Fiori. It is very central, 2 minutes from Piazza Navona and Largo Argentina, and at a walking distance to the Colosseum, Vatican, Spanish Steps and all the other main attractions. The area is safe, and rich of nightlife, but the hotel is in a quiet street.

La Rovere is on the opposite side of the river, closer to the Vatican. The area is also very safe and quiet, it's just less central and doesn't allow you to walk everywhere. BTW, a short ride by bus will take you everywhere (I suggest you #40, 46, 62 to Argentina, Piazza Venezia and the other central spots; be careful with #64, known as the pickpockets bus!).

Hope this helps. Ciao Flavio in Rome