We decided to splurge on our hotel in Rome, choosing the beautiful historic Hotel Eden, which we got at a pretty good rate from Hotels.com. We really enjoyed staying there but, like many fancy hotels, Internet access wasn’t free. Nope, it was €25 a day plus tax. We’re somewhat addicted to the Internet — and felt quite cut off abroad because our blackberries only work as phones and don’t do email — but not addicted enough to pay that kind of money. So we set off our laptop to find a cheaper — and hopefully even free — option.
We thought that we would see signs for free Wifi all over the place in Rome. But we hardly saw any. Luckily we stumbled across the Scholars Lounge, an Irish pub on Via del Plebiscito, near the Victor Emmanuel II monument (aka the Typewriter or the Wedding Cake). If you need free Wifi or a Guinness, head to this friendly Irish-owned bar that opened in 2005. We visited twice in the evening, after dinner and long strolls around the city. Both times we were the only ones with a laptop, but no one seemed to mind. I think they were there for the beer and to watch sports on one of the many flat-screen TVs.