Tucked away in a little frequented corner off the picturesque Campo di Fiori, Teatro di Pompeo is a relaxed, but very efficient, family-run hotel, where Paolo Cavarocchi, brother of the owner, Giovanni Cavarocchi, has taken over as manager. It has one unique and extraordinary feature: it is built on the site of the Teatro di Pompeo which dates from 55 B.C, and the breakfast room is hewn from the ancient tufa walls. The adjoining sitting room shares the same setting and a table is thoughtfully laden with guidebooks, novels and magazines.
Upstairs, the bedrooms are simple, homely and appealing; padded bedheads and bedspreads in attractive fabrics, the odd antique combined with good reproduction furniture and filmy white curtains add a touch of style to white walls and standard terracotta flagstones. Rooms on the top floor are cosier, with beamed, attic ceilings and those at the front of the building have a bird's-eye view, through efficiently double-glazed windows, of the sometimes noisy comings-and-goings in the piazza below.
The hotel runs a number of special offers throughout the year so a bargain can often be had.