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Review 2089: Rome Holidays, Celimontana


Review by Dragonpat from MN who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Studio apartment in Celio neighborhood, Rome

Northern view from apartment Celiomontana, photo by Pat Savu


March 20-April 4, 2006, 10 days


The apartment is located in the Celio area, old popular quarter. It is one of the most interesting areas, where many native Romans still live. The Celio is the home to many early Christian churches. You can easily walk to San Clemente, SS Paolo e Giovanni, San Stephano, and San Gregorio.

The apartment is situated near the main archeological area of ancient Rome, only 150 meters from the Colosseum. We walked to the Colosseum every morning to begin our day The Colosseum is a center for bus, metro and tram transport. You can easily reach any destination accessible by public transport from there. In the Celio you can also enjoy all kinds of restaurants, wine bars, bakeries, and coffee shops.

The apartment was surrounded by house roofs around the Colosseum. You can see the view northward from the apartment windows towards the Parco Oppio in the picture that I attached. You can see beautiful sunsets from the terrace framed by the trees in Parco del Celio.

Nearby Amenities

Ther were at least three regular grocery stores within walking distance of the apartment. Two of then took credit cards. This is in addition to all the small bakeries with limited grocery selections. There was a bakery just two doors down from the apartment main entrance. No need to make breakfast or make coffee. Just make yourself decent and pick up real Italian expresso and pastries at the bakery downstairs.

The House/Apartment

It was a small attic with a terrace on the seventh floor (six floors by elevator plus one walking) surrounded by house roofs around the Colosseum. The elevator worked the whole time we were there. The building was very quiet. There were only two apartments on the seventh floor. The rest of the floors looked like there were four apartments on each floor.


It was a private terrace. The terrace was really nice and there was a table and chairs on the terrace. The pictures of the terrace from the web page are accurate.

With the microwave you can reheat the leftovers from a doggie bag from yesterday's dinner and eat on the terrace and enjoy a breath-taking view of the Roman sunset and see the Parco del Celio.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The pictures from the agency web page were accurate about the furnishings. It was very clean. Since there were only two of us there were more than enough chairs.


The beds were comfortable. There were plenty of blankets and covers. The bathroom was adequate. The shower stall a little small and care was needed to avoid getting water on the floor.


The pictures from the web page were accurate. There were dishes, pots and pans and utensils. There were spices and olive oil in the cupboard. More than enough to cook a meal. All we did however was reheat leftovers in the microwave and eat sandwiches from the backery downstairs.

Problems or Bonuses

The bakery two doors down from the apartment entrance was GREAT! Every Italian pastry or cookie fresh, including canolis every day. The bakery carried milk, yogurt, juice, and Coke. You can pick up all this stuff while the offspring shower.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We rented this apartment through Rome Holidays. They were a dream to work with. They answered email promptly. Everything they said that they would do, they did. No nasty surprises two weeks before leaving for Rome. All the drivers to and from the airport showed up on time. The owner helped us with our luggage and even gave us a six pack of water. I thought the rates were very reasonable compared to other agencies I researched.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Unqualified yes.

Things to do in this area

The Celio is the home to many early Christian churches. You can easily walk to San Clemente, SS Paolo e Giovanni, San Stephano, and San Gregorio. I didn't realize how many early Christian Churches there were in the Celio. They were loaded with mosaics, and beautiful wall paintings. SS Paolo e Giovanni had Roman ruins with frescoes in the underground of the Church.

You can see the gladiator barracks when you walk to the Colosseum to catch the bus or the metro.

There were many restaurants to chose from and we didn't have a bad meal in any of them.

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