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Review 3265: Roman Reference, Colosseo, Via Urbana (#298)


Review by Shugster from UK

1bed/1bath apartment near Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome


December 2007, 5 days


This was a private apartment in the heart of Rome rented through an agency. The apartment was in a lovely area two minutes from the Colosseum.

Nearby Amenities

Everything you could possibly want was right on your doorstep amenities-wise. Cavour metro station was at the bottom of the street, there was a supermarket around the corner and lots of restaurants and pizza parlours all around the area, as well as an Irish pub (Finnegan's, I think) and several cafes. Via Nazionale was two minutes walk away, with all the amenities there.

In one direction you were within five minutes walk of the Colosseum and in the other Termini was a similar distance away. Santa Maria Maggiore church was also at the end of via Urbana.

All in all the location was exceptional.

The House/Apartment

The apartment was one bedroom with an open-plan living room/kitchen area. It was beautifully presented and very clean. The furnishings and style was modern and had everything you could need. The apartment was on the first floor and the block again was very well maintained and lit. It looked out onto via Urbana but was quiet. The bedroom was off the corridor leading to the living room so was very quiet at night. I thought it was an excellent apartment and would stay there again when next in Rome.

You can view the apartment directly: Colosseo, Via Urbana.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were modern and comfortable and fresh. Everything looked pretty new and there was ample space for me and my mate. There was a TV and stereo in the living room and plenty of books on the shelves, if you're Italian is up to it! Very clean apartment.


I stayed on the sofa bed in the living room, which was huge and extremely comfortable. Loved it. The bathroom was tidy and had all the amenities you need. There was always hot water in the place as well.


We only cooked on the first night there after shopping at the Elite supermarket on the via Cavour, above the Metro station. The kitchen had everything we needed for that. The only other thing we needed it for was coffee in the morning and there was a cafetiere and coffee laid on (i.e., a coffee press and coffe suplied).

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Roman Reference was the agency I used. The staff were friendly, spoke excellent English and made it a very easy experience (their office was literally around the corner which was very convenient). For two people we paid 450 for five nights in December.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I've been to Rome a few times now and this was the best flat I've stayed in. It was a lovely apartment in an ideal location and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. A must see!!

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