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Review 1263: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum


Review by Brenda21 London from UK

studio apartment in Monti, Rome


New Year 2004 - 2005, 5 nights



Myself and my husband have just returned from a very enjoyable five nights in Rome, staying in this excellent second floor apartment. We both agreed what a wonderful find it was, after weeks of trawling through many websites, looking at hundreds of generally very nondescript (and sometimes, rather grim) apartments.

The location is very central, just a few steps from Cavour Metro station (one stop from Termini), and on walking to the top of the road in the opposite direction from the Metro, one can see a view of the Colosseum. Within a five minute walk one can be at the Forum in one direction or Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore in the other. The immediate area, in a little-used back-street directly off the main road, felt safe at all times and made us feel as if we were living with the locals which, personally, I feel adds another dimension to a holiday, as opposed to staying with the rest of the 'herd'.

However, despite its central location, we were amazed by the peacefulness; in fact it was hard to believe we were right in the middle of Rome. The new windows are double glazed and once closed, we didn't hear a thing (even on New Yearís Eve!!). Adding to the tranquillity is a garden to the rear which can be viewed from the little balcony with French doors. Even though it was the middle of winter, I have to sleep with a window open, and we still found it very quiet and peaceful. I can imagine this would be a real bonus on hot summer nights.

The apartment itself, although fairly small, has been very cleverly and thoughtfully designed and decorated throughout. Clever use of mirrors and the beautiful tromp líoeil on the walls, undoubtedly make it feel more spacious, but also gives the apartment a uniqueness. The owner has created all this herself and it certainly is impressive. There is no lack of storage space, as again, the owner has managed to incorporate this into the apartment without overcrowding it, even succeeding to include a very comfortable queen-size bed. It was a real pleasure to come back to each evening, after a hard dayís sightseeing, in fact it was so cozy and warm that it was hard to drag ourselves away to go out to eat! Eating out wasnít a necessity, as if one wants to stay in and cook, itís fully equipped to do so Ė it even has a kettle! And I should mention that itís all spotlessly clean too.

There are plenty of extra nice touches that makes this place stand out against the rest; provisions for a basic breakfast, such a teas, coffee, biscuits, French toast, biscuits, butter, jams, milk etc.; a few toiletries in the bathroom (which is beautifully tiled in travertine); a basket full of information and itineraries; a mobile phone to keep in touch with the owner (and vice versa); and last but certainly not least, the very warm welcome from the owner on arrival, who provided us with some invaluable help and information, with the insight that only a true 'native' can have.

Finally, a recommendation for vegetarians; we went to 'Il Margutta RistorArte' for lunch and thought it excellent (we tried to book dinner for New Yearís Eve but they were regrettably full). It was a buffet style (I donít know if thatís something they do every day) and the choice was amazing. We had a delicious lunch, including water and coffee for 15 euros each, which represented fantastic value. In lovely surroundings too - try it! Itís in Via Margutta, no. 118 (near Piazza del Popolo), telephone 0632650577.

Rome is an amazing city, with so much to see that we will have to come back. And when we do I canít imagine a better place to stay than this apartment.

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