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Review 860: Living Rome, Downtown in St. Peter


Review by Joelle from IA

1 bed/1bath apartment near the Vatican, Rome


2004, 1 Week


The apartment is on Via Ottaviano. It is on the same block as the Metro stop for St. Peter. It's a very busy street with lots of stores and businesses, but it all closes up and quiets down by about 8 pm and is even queiter when you close the windows. Beside the metro, there's plenty of other buses to get anywhere in Rome.

Nearby Amenities

There is a clean self-serve laundry with helpful attendants around the corner and a super market not much farther. You can easily walk to the Vatican and St. Peter from here. Plenty of trattorias and pizzarias around and of course, gelaterias.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is inbetween two shops, I'm not sure how many other apartments there are. It's very secure, with another locked glass door inside before you get to the elevator.


No garden or sitting area. It's a very urban setting.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The place was clean, it has beautiful hardwood floors. It has one double bed in the bedroom, a couch and futon in the living room. There's a glass dining room table with 4 chairs. There was a rollaway bed in the closet.


The bathroom was surprisingly spacious.


It came with a stove, oven, refridgerator with freezer and a european coffee maker. Plenty of pots and pans, olive oil, they were out of coffee but there were other things like sugar and even some bottles of liquor.

Problems or Bonuses

Just make sure you understand how to switch the hot water on. When you turn the switch on, that heats up the water. Don't do like I did and keep turning it off to save electricity, because it takes about 2 hours to heat up the water.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The onsite person was very helpful, giving us recommendations for where to eat and directions to laundry and markets. She called us a taxi when we left. The cost in May was 1400 Euro for the week - Sat-Sat. I had to wire a deposit beforehand and they want cash up front, plus a 200 Euro deposit.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We liked being in a busy place. I stayed there with my two teenage kids and it was their favorite place they stayed.

Things to do in this area

Da Marco E Fabio Formichello was recommended to us and is also listed in Sandra Gustavson's "Great Eats" - it is nearby but it has another name on the outside - can't remember the name.

We go in and a nice young man says "My mother just made lasagna, would you like some?" It was the best lasagna we ever had. Then he recommended a couple of pizza's. We never saw the menu. Bill for the 3 of us including drinks and desert was only 55 Euro.

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