About This Listing
Heart of historical Center, few steps from Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori, balcony overlooking Piazza Pasquino, cozy apartment 1st floor of XVIth century bldg, wooden frescoed ceilings, wifi-ADSL, independ heating, fully equipped kitchen, A/C.
The position, among the most interesting in the city (very lively during the day, but quiet enough at night: lots of restaurant but no disco bars), the fact that it is fully independent for the entrance , heating and hot water, the fact that it is a true "inhabited" apartment: I used to live there, I have organized and set the spaces, and not much has changed since then.
The apartment is simply but fully equipped: air conditioning, fast ADSL wifi, washing machine, microwave, fridge, hairdryer, TV, equipped kitchen. The heating and hot water are gas-operated, so you may have unlimited of both of them. Upon your arrival, you will also always find the basics for the breakfast. Groceries and markets are 50 meters away.
Interaction with Guests
As much as needed and requested, nothing more. I like to interact, to speak English and enjoy meeting new people, but I live somewhere else (I used to live in the apartment, but I moved three years ago)
You will have an independent entrance, so you will not be subject to any annoying interactions/remarks with and from neighbors, enjoying full privacy.
The neighborhood is however very easy going, young and lively.
Getting around is easy: there are many buses going up and down with central station and St. Peter. The fastest ones are nn. 40 and 64. Connection with the underground is 10 minutes away. Any tourist sightseeing in the city center is, however, within walking distance. Just in front of the apartment, there is a bike rental (you can rent a bike in the morning and returning in the evening).
This was our first Airbnb stay as a family of four. Arrangements for key pick up were exactly as described and everything was ready for us and very much appreciated after a long flight. The area is vibrant, and we felt imbedded in the city of Rome. What a pleasure to be able to walk everywhere.
We had a warm welcome from Andrea himself, and he gladly helped me out with my italian taxi driver as we arrived. The driver misplaced my luggage (of course no fault by Andrea), but it soon ended well thanks to Andrea.
The apartment is clean and cozy, a bit dark because of the shape, but you can turn on the lights.
WLAN does not have a strong signal, it completely fades away in the bedroom. The internet connection itself is fast.
It is literally not possible to be more central than this apartment... everything (!) which is worth to visit can be reached by a little walk, even Trastevere or the Colloseum. We walked like 2/3 of every street in the center of Rome, and we think the street by the apartment is one of the loveliest, vibrant and romantic one, especially by night. The balcony does the rest with some wine and snacks... Right next to the Apartment is Cantina E Cucina, really good pasta and pizza there. A little more down the street is apparently the best ice cream in all of rome (good reviews and long queues), and i have really never tasted anything as good as from Frigidarium. Just a few more steps is the supermarket Carrefour which has everything needed. Another tip: We had our culinary highlight a few streets south of the Pantheon, at I Vicini Bistrot. This little gem serves a platter with almost only family-produced varieties of ham, cheese and olive oil, great tomato soup, altogether served with a broad choice of wines. The. tastes. were. just. awesome! *flying in heaven* Thanks to Andrea from Me and Tatjana for the very nice stay :)
Ok if you want more details.... the apartment is one block away from the gorgeous Piazza Navona. It was within walking distance from everything -- definitely the Pantheon, Coliseum/Roman Forum, Campo dei Fiori. There's also a taxi stand right by the apartment, which we took advantage of when we were in a rush to make an early tour meetup. Being in a central location was the biggest reason we chose Andrea's apartment, and it did not disappoint.
There were a few excellent places to eat nearby. Catina & Cucina has great pizza and salads. Frigidarium is one of the best gelato places in all of Rome. La Fraschetta di Castel Sant'Angelo has the friendliest servers ever. You can get traditional Roman pizza (no cheese) at Forno, as well as delicious bread.
The apartment is very large, so it's more than comfortable for two people. It had everything we needed: fridge, a wine bottle opener, more than enough towels, and a washing machine. The place is much darker in person vs the pictures even after opening the shutters, so we turned on most of the lamps that were scattered all over. The wifi works well by the front balcony window and then fades away when you're in the bedroom and bathroom. There's lively music and street noise until 11 pm and then the street quietens down after. Given how close the apartment is to such a large tourist attraction (Navona), I'm amazed how quiet it was at night.
Apartment was in a great location near Piazza Navona and other main attractions. Mini supermarket 100m away. A little noisy with restaurants down stairs but not enough to keep you constantly awake if it was late at night. In any case it's part of immersing yourself into the life of Rome. A good eatery was only 50m away called taverna & cucina.
Andrea was great. We had tons of clear communication, a very clean listing in a great location, and the perfect wine sipping sun deck. The history of this place makes it even cooler and it is much bigger than the pictures make it out to be which was a nice surprise.
We had a wonderful time. I recommend staying here!
My son and I had a fantastic time in Rome, improved no end by the location of this apartment - fantastic! Literally 2 mins walk from Piazza Navona, 7 mins from the Pantheon and 20 from the Vatican. The shops and restaurants along the buzzing little street were great and the people very friendly. Quiet at night. The apartment is basic but clean and comfortable with a lovely little balcony where you can sit and watch the world go by. I would certainly stay here again.
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About the Host, Andrea
Hi, I live in Rome, working as lawyer. The apartment I am renting used to be my flat, belonging to my family since XVII century, and I love it very much (and I will get back there, at some point). I am not doing that as a profession but mostly for the fun of it, meeting people. I love that people may have the best time in Rome, which is a quite difficult and confusing city, where some good advice and tricks can really make the difference: living as Romans do could not only more amusing, but also making your life here easier. I would love to answer to any question you may have, or to give any advice you may need.
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