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Review 1602: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 2
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
June 2005, 5 nights
The apartment was located in ancient Rome less than a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum. It is on the 2nd floor [no elevator] of a low-rise building on a lively street [but no street noise with the A/C units on]. A very comfortable and safe area where you get to experience living as a local.
The apartment had a great location close to many restaurants and trattorias and also within a < 10-minute walk to grocery stores, a full-service laundry facility [bring LIGHT clothes - they charge by the pound] and a fresh fruit & veggie market open every morning.
The building dated to the early 1900's but was in excellent condition with not more than 10 apartments. The rental unit was very quiet - never heard any neighbours & also made sure not to disturb the other tenants. If windows would be open the street is quite busy at night with locals & tourists alike but it was so hot we used the A/C all the time so noise was never an issue - just tranquility.
There is a small garden area out back but only used by the tenants. No pool.
The apartment was beautifully furnished by the owner and immaculately clean when we arrived. The owner also has a flair for painting and has made a beautiful trompe d'oeil scene in the living/dining area. The furnishings provided adequate and very comfortable seating for my family of 4 with no conplaints from my teenage twin sons.
The bedrooms were quite large with very comfortable beds and great closet space. There were 2 bathrooms both equipped with showers that were very nicely decorated & equipped with plenty of towels, TP & a hair dryer. We were never lacking in any necessity.
The kitchen was small but very well-stocked with pots, pans, dishes, glassware and cutlery - no problem if you wanted to cook meals - we only prepared breakfasts & the odd lunch. The owner supplied items for our first breakfast -coffee, creamer, butter, jams, bottled water, toasts etc - a very nice welcome touch!
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was absolutely wonderful in terms of its location and amenities. The owner even provided a cell phone for use to contact her if we had any problems or to call for reservations at restaurants or any of the tourist venues. She also gave us suggestions on things to do, places to see and restaurants in the area, providing us with brochures and useful tips from previous clients.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency - specifically the owner, Natalia Bianchi - was fantastic and extremely helpful. She met us at the apartment and waited around even though our overnight train arrived 75 minutes late. She spoke perfect English and was very knowledegable on the sights of Rome and what we may like [with 2 17-yr olds] and what we should avoid. For the 5-nights in June we paid 950 Euros [190 per night].
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this apartment and would definitely stay here again if I ever get the chance to return to Rome.
Things to do in this area
The area is close to all that ancient Rome has to offer - the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, Circus Maximus etc. - and all within walking distance. There are also 2 Metro stations within the same time frame.
One restaurant we especially liked and located only a 10-15 minute walk away and built upon the ruins of Nero's palace is Osteria Da Nerone located at via Delle Terme di Tito, 96. The food was excellent as was the service but be sure to reserve in advance to get a table with a view of the Colosseum - very pretty at night.
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