Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1159: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum
studio apartment in Monti, Rome
October 6-9, 2004, 3 nights
We learned about this apartment from another user of Slow Travel and in an earlier report, there is a picture of this apartment as well as her two other properties. All in in great locations in Rome.
We stayed in a little neighborhood near the Roman Forum and Coliseum, in an apartment building next door to a restaurant, with many restaurants, trattorias and enotecas nearby. The location was very urban, with a shopping street just a block away, including a grocery store. The apartment was very quiet and had a rear window off the bedroom opening onto a courtyard. The window from the kitchen was great for people watching. We liked this apartment very much.
We also had the opportunity to spend one night in one of Natalia's other apartments, the Coliseum, a two bedroom apartment. It was great and a little roomier, including a roomier shower. (Most of the showers in Italy were teeny). This apartment was also a great location for food, the Coliseum and some other important sites, including the church that has Michelangelo's Moses in it.
The building is not historical, and has probably four floors and perhaps twenty apartments. Very little contact with others in the building.
No outside sitting area.
Bed was great. Couch okay. Kitchen table and chairs compact but fine. Apartment was clean and Natalie leaves fresh juice, milk, coffee tea and toasts so you have a first breakfast.
Kitchen was small, two burner stove top. We did not cook there and think you could cook a simple meal there.
Problems or Bonuses
The owner arranged for us to be picked up by taxi at the airport. Definately worth it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner greeted us at the apartment and had maps and suggestions for what we should see and could answer any immediate questions. She left a cell phone (what a wonderful bonus) so we could call her if questions or make reservations at restaurants and museums. We paid 120 Euro a night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is a wonderful apartment. All three of her properties (I stayed in two) are wonders.
Things to do in this area
We were a bit dazed our first day out and of course wanted to get right to the Colosseum and Forum. We also got very hungary once there and ended up in a tourist trap. Avoid the restaurants on the streets right at the Forum. If you go in a few blocks you will have a better eating experience.
You are close to the Colosseum, Forum, and a number of historic churches with great art.
We walked (probably a mile and a half or two each way) to the Travestere district for dinner one night. You must do this. Natalia can recommend restaurants there. It is busy and in the piazza magicians and other performers entertain. It was safe to walk home late. On the way back, we bumped into a friend who was with a local person. He took us up a short path to view the Roman Forum lit up at night. We would not have gone up there without him as it was rather dark. It was perfectly safe and I recommend you visit the Forum at night.
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