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Review 1820: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View


Review by Noreen B from New Zealand

2bed/2bath apartment near the Colosseum, Rome


April 2005, 3 nights


In April 2005, I and 2 of my Italian classmates from Auckland, New Zealand set out on our long planned and eagerly awaited trip to Italy. Through the recommendation (and personal experience) of a friend in Sydney, Australia, we had previously contacted Natalia Bianchi on her website in her home city of Rome. Natalia suggested the appropriate apartment for the 3 of us would be at San Giovanni in Laterano 174, Apt. 4. She was so right!!

On our arrival in Rome, after a very long flight, Natalia had organised with her regular driver to collect us from Rome airport - Sergio was marvellously helpful as a tour guide on the way into the city, his English about the same as our Italian - cosi cosi! The total charge for this trip was Euro 41 which is remarkable considering that a taxi could easily have cost us twice as much!

Natalia was waiting for us at the apartment, so welcoming, and the apartment was truly wonderful. High ceilings, cool, lovely furnishings, beautifully decorated by Natalia herself to a very high standard including fabulous trompe l'oeil painting in the small lounge and most importantly, impeccably clean!

There was a very well stocked little kitchen with everything one would require including lovely wine glasses, china and all things necessary for breakfast. The two bathrooms were immaculately modern and beautifully tiled and the bedrooms spacious with lovely soft draperies and very comfortable beds which we were in need of!

Natalia herself had a wealth of information, brochures, hints, tips, local knowldge to offer us which turned out to be invaluable - especialy the helpful hints on bus timetables for the little bus that ran right past the door, which days the little market around the corner was open, where we could find the nearest Internet facility, laundromat etc! She also provided us with a mobile phone for use around the city should we find ourselves stuck or she needed to contact us - most helpful.

The position of this apartment was excellent - when one stepped out of the beautiful old front door onto the street - on looking left one was confronted by the ruins of the ancient Colosseum, on looking right, one of the most beautiful churches in Rome we discovered, San Giovanni in Laterano! All along our little street, wonderful little restaurants, bakeries, fruit and vegetable shops, tabacchi, absolutely everything we would need. The choice of eating places was endless and we did try to do them all justice! This area is just a short walk to the Metro station at the Colosseum and a little further on, past the ancient ruins, Piazza di Spagna and the Victor Emmanuelle memorial, such a busy centre of Rome. Also the trams going to the lovely old area of Trastevere across the Tiber.

We had only one regret - we were only there for 3 days!! I am fortunate to be already booked with another friend to stay in one of Natalia's apartments next door in September 2006!

I cannot speak more highly of the apartments owned by Natalia Bianchi - I suggest you visit her website and see for yourselves - apart from viewing the apartments and reading about each one, you will also learn something about their owner who loves her wonderful city of Rome with such passion and is so happy to share that passion with you! Buon viaggio!

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