Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3187: Roman Reference, Colosseo, Via Annia (#309)
Studio apartment near Colosseum, Rome
November 2007, 6 days
Located in the Celio area, near the Colosseum, in a good neighborhood with plenty of shops and restaurants. The building is directly across from a side wall of the military hospital, with the result that you feel like you're on a small cul-de-sac. Very peaceful.
A discount grocery store, coffee shops, and restaurants were only a few short blocks away.
The apartment is on the ground floor in the back of the building, facing a small courtyard and right next door to where its owners, Todd and Juan Carlos, live.
There is a small entrance foyer containing a comfortable sofabed, then a small bedroom with a very firm queen bed, a long glass bar with two barstools, a small kitchen, and a small bathroom. Todd and Juan Carlos have decorated the apartment tastefully with a circular graphic theme, and have included a TV/monitor hooked up to cable TV service, an Apple iBook, and a DVD player. There is a CD player on one of the nightstands, as well as a small washing machine in the kitchen and a drying rack out in the courtyard. You can control your own heat and hot water, which is ideal for me because I'm always cold.
The apartment was amazingly quiet at night -- you can't hear any of the neighbors next door and there is no one living overhead. The one drawback to the place is the very small bathroom: though it had a separate stall shower, you had to squeeze by the toilet to get into it, and the shower itself was only about 24x30". Luckily both my husband and I are very slender, so we had no problems. Other than that warning about the bathroom the apartment is exactly as advertised on Roman Reference.
There's a shared courtyard -- no seating area.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners, Todd and Juan Carlos, met us when we checked in. Todd is an American and Juan Carlos an Italian Argentine, and they run an antiques business based in Rome and New York. They are both very friendly and offered advice on places to eat in the neighborhood (as well as a warning NOT to eat anywhere too close to the Coliseum or other tourist sites). Juan Carlos even offered to drive us to Termini on the day we were leaving for Naples!
I'd recommend Roman Reference as they were prompt, courteous, and thorough in all their email correspondence with us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely would recommend this place, if you will not have problems with the small shower.
Things to do in this area
You're a short walk from the Colosseum, the Forum, and Palatine Hill.
Restaurants we liked nearby: Li Rioni a Santiquattro, Via S.S. Quattro 24 (excellent, inexpensive pizza and Roman appetizer specialties such as fried zucchini flowers), Le Naumachie, Via Celimontana 7 (medium range restaurant with good food frequented by both Italians and tourists), and Trattoria La Taverna dei Quaranta, Via Claudia 24 (inexpensive, try the house specialties such as meatballs with mint, yum). There's also a good gelateria nearby, not sure exactly where!
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