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Review 1975: Roman Reference, Piazza Tuscolo (#137)
3bed/2bath apartment in San Giovanni, Rome
January 2006, 1 week
Our apartment was in the San Giovanni area of Rome, about a 10 - 15 minute walk north of the Colosseum on the Piazza Tuscolo. The apartment was in a complex with a gated secure entrance and a beautiful self-contained courtyard complete with a fountain, palm trees and grassy areas where we had impromptu picnics of pizza and wine bought from one of the many pizzerias nearby. San Giovanni itself was very welcoming and not at all touristy, just full of normal Italians going about their day. Lovely.
We couldn't have done better for amenities. Around Piazza Tuscolo there were loads of pizzerias and ice cream parlours, and bars selling delicious pastries and coffee until well into the night. There was a taxi rank right on our front doorstep and a metro station was within 100 metres, so the centre of Rome was very accessible and felt right on our doorstep.
The apartment had three bedrooms, a twin, a double and a single room, so it easily accommodated the five of us (the agency advertised it for six people maximum and it could have done this no problem). It was a huge flat with a well-appointed kitchen and two bathrooms and two showers and even a bath.
It was a modern apartment in a modern block and there didn't seem to be any other rentals there, just us. It was very quiet and was a great base for the centre of Rome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Roman Reference were very friendly and very easy to deal with. Everyone spoke English and the best I can say for them is that they made everything go very smoothly, which is what you want from an agency.
We paid 999 euros for a week's accomodation in March, which worked out at 200 euros (around £140 or $240) each for 6 nights. Compared to the hotels I looked at and bearing in mind the location, convenience and the quality of the apartment, I thought this was fantastic value.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I found the Roman Reference website by googling "rome apartment rental" and picked out the flat that looked best for us. I would absolutely recommend Roman Reference to anyone. In fact I will definitely be using them again when I go back to Rome. This was my first trip to the city and the apartment really helped make the experience for me.
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