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Review 1193: Owner, Colosseum Apartment (#32035)


Review by Salgal from MA

2bed/2bath near the Colosseum, Rome


June 2004, 1 week


My husband and three teenagers and I rented this great apartment in Rome. It is located in a circa 1920's apartment on the Via Labicana - about a five-minute walk from the Colosseum in a surprisingly untoursity neighborhood. There is a nice bakery and market directly across the street and it is adjacent to many retaurants and gelaterias. The apartment is on the sixth floor, reached by an old-fashioned cage elevator that was very efficient. Entering the apartment, there is a bedroom with a double bed and loft sleeping area and a bathroom with a big copper tub with shower attachment (and washing machine) to the left. On the right, is the dining room, kitchen, living room. Big windows with shutters open out with nice views. Going up a spiral staircase, there is another bedroom and bathroom (shower) and the best part: a terrace with a picnic table and the most incredible view of the Colosseum. In June, we kept everything open at all times and it was breezy and wonderful - no bugs!

It is a great apartment for families or two couples since it feels very separate. The furniture and beds were comfortable, kitchen was serviceable, although we didn't cook any meals there.

The best part about the place was the owner. He is a trained architect, now making high-end furniture for private clients. He is a Roman native who was educated in the Boston area where he raised a family before moving back to Rome. He speaks perfect English. He and his companian Maria were there to greet us with kisses on the cheek, after arranging for a car to pick us up at the airport. They had lots of information for us and were available for any questions or problems. We had a minor problem at one point with the water, and Maria and Pietro's daughter were there within an hour to fix it. We ended up going to dinner with Pietro and Maria, and were given a wonderful tour in Pietro's car to a part of Rome we never would have gone on our own.

All in all, it was a great place to stay. You have to walk a bit or take a bus (which were numerous and right in front of the apartment) but we felt a little like locals coming back home every day to our apartment. We could hear the bells of San Clemente church next door, and sounds of music wafted up from the music festival that was being held there nightly in June. Our teenagers were comfortable and the neighborhood was perfectly safe, so that they could venture out for gelato or pizza on their own. My hsband and I spent a lot of time on that terrace, drinking espresso or wine, gazing at the Colosseum and thinking we were really lucky!

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