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Review 3572: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 1
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
April 2008, 3 days
The apartment is on Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, midway between Colosseum and Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Next to the apartment -- a wonderful church of San Clemente, which has three levels: the upper church has the 12th century mosaics and frescoes by Masolino. The lower church was built in the 4th century, and the level below has a 1st century Roman house. Up the hill from the apartment is another ancient basilica, Santi Quattro Coronati, which was also started in the 4th century. The street is pretty quiet by Roman standards, not touristy while very close to Colosseum and the Forums and the wonderful church of Santi Cosma e Damiano with its breathtaking mosaics. It may not be in what is considered the "center" of Rome but it is an excellent, authentic Roman location.
Several grocery stores are less than one hundred meters from the apartment. There is a number of good pizzerias and restaurants nearby. A small farmers market is almost around the corner. There is a small supermarket as well, but local grocery stores have both charm and a great selection of salumi, prosciutto, and breads.
The building is from the late 19 century and in a good shape. The apartment is quiet, on the first floor, two flights of stairs up.
The apartment has a tiny balcony facing a typical Roman court.
Very clean place, a nice sofa in the living room, enough chairs. There were four of us and we felt very comfortable.
Two bedrooms: one large bedroom and a smaller one. Good beds in both. Again, one large and very comfortable bathroom, another one is rather small (both very clean).
Pretty large and well equipped kitchen. We didn't cook much but if somebody wanted, they could comfortably make a dinner there.
Problems or Bonuses
Really no surprises, very comfortable overall.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Wonderful hosts, Valter and Natalia. We came in early (Natalia arranged a taxi to meet us at the airport); she met us at coffee shop near by, helped us with the luggage while the apartment was cleaned, while we went for a walk. She gave us their cell phone numbers in case we needed some help. Valter is very knowledgeable about the city, Roman art and architecture and extremely helpful with well thought out suggestions. There are maps in the apartment, just in case, and Valter helped us to plan some of our trips. Both speak excellent English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely recommend the apartment to our friends and would stay there again.
Things to do in this area
One of the four major basilicas of Rome, San Giovanni in Laterano is a five minute walk away. Colosseum, the Forums are also very close. It's worth going to the local churches. And of course all of Rome is accessible: you could walk to Santa Maria Maggiore or Piazza Navona in half an hour or less, or to the Vatican in 45 minutes. And what a walk would that be!
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