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Review 1273: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 1
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
November 2004, 1 week
This Roman apartment is located in the San Giovanni area just a few blocks from the Colosseum. It is a very quiet area. It has convenient access to the metro being located between the Colosseo and San Giovanni stations. It also has great bus access. The electric bus 116 runs up San Giovanni in Laterano and is very useful for getting to the major sites. It is a great location to visit ancient Rome. It is a bit farther walk (30-45 minute) to Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori area. We did a lot of walking and the location is a little far being a couple block past the Colosseum but the 116 bus is very useful. We should have taken it more often.
There are two supermarkets in the area; Dia a Dia located on Via dei S.S. Quattro Coronati about two blocks away and Pan located on Via Labicana; also about two blocks away. There are many restaurants in the area although many cater to the tourists near the Colosseum. Natalia will provide a list of restaurants and recommendations. Her recommendations were very good.
The apartment has been recently renovated and is in excellent shape. It is very quiet. I didn't notice how many other apartments were in the building but there were only two per floor. The decor is very nice. Natalia the owner has painted the wall scenes herself.
There is no outside sitting area although there is a very small balcony off the living room which is filled with plants.
The furniture is in good shape and comfortable. There is a sofa and two chairs in the living room. There is a radio in the living area and the TV is located in one of the bedrooms.
It turned cold while we were in Rome and the apartment had a great heating system. I was very glad that Walter had showed us how to use it since we needed it.
The beds were very comfortable. The largest bedroom has a great closet with room to unpack. The second bedroom is a little small but is fine. There is good lighting in the bedrooms and bath room.
The main bathroom is excellent. It is large with a shower, toilet, bidet and a large sink. It is extremely well stocked with ample large towels, hand towels, a good supply of toilet paper, soap and many other items you might need and forgot to bring.
There is another very small bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. We only used it on occasion. It might be adequate for a second couple although the main bathroom is big enough that two couple may want to share it. I was traveling with another woman and we choose to share the main bigger bathroom.
The kitchen is very usable. There is a range top, a small refridgerator, sink. There are definitely enough dishes for four people. There was enough pots and pans. We cooked in two nights and there was a big pot for cooking pasta and a good frying pan.
Natalia provides everything you need for your first breakfast; coffee, milk, cookies. It really makes you feel welcome. There is also a good stock of staples like olive oil, salt, sugar, cocoa, tea.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment has a mobile phone that is for your use while in Rome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Natalia is excellent to work with. She was prompt with her email replies and speaks excellent English. She arranged transportation for us from and to the airport. She was very helpful in recommending the correct apartment for us. We were also able to get a 10% discount because it was off-season.
The apartment was just as I expected. In fact it was larger than I expected it.
Natalia and Walter are great hosts. They met us on a Sunday evening and showed us the apartment. They also took time to give us an orientation to Rome, recommendations for sights and restaurants. Natalia also called during the week to make certain everything was going well. She booked us a table at a restaurant.
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Things to do in this area
There is a lot to do in the area since very close to many of the ancient sites. Within the immediate vicinity is the Colosseum, Forum, Palatine, Domus Aurea, San Clemente, San Giovanii in Laterano, San Pietro in Voncoli, San Maria Maggiore, Trajan's Market, Capitoline. Restaurants we enjoyed were Trattoria Luzzi, Trattoria Monti and Cafe Cafe wine bar.
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