About this listing
An elegant and quiet apartment in the heart of Prati neighborhood close to the Vatican area.
The apartment is located on the second floor (first for Italy) of an elegant, recently renovated building built in the early 1900's. It is only a few steps from the subway line A station "Ottaviano - S.Pietro", in the heart of the tony Prati neighborhood and faces a nice and silent internal courtyard. The entrance of the apartment is from a private stairs from the court itself. This gives the apartment, especially at night, a magical atmosphere which impressed my younger son who kept naming the place, "The Mysterious Home"...
The apartment has two big window-doors leading to the long balcony and composed by two large rooms with high ceilings (about 4 m). One of the rooms is partially occupied by a fancy and romantic mezzanine hosting a loft style bedroom (the size of the mattress is 150x190 cm).
A comfortable convertible sofa bed allows to host two additional guests. By request, a fifth guest may be hosted in a convertible single bed.
The apartment is provided with every kind of comfort: the kitchen is fully equipped with pans, dishes and accessories, and it has a gas stove, electric oven, microwave oven, refrigerator and vent hood.
The bathroom has its own window, a comfortable 70*90 cm. shower, a large sink, wc, bidet, hairdryer and a washing machine. There are towels, blankets, sheets, a flat screen TV, radio, CD player, heating, unlimited hot water, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner. Moreover:
>>> Complimentary mobile phone with Italian SIM card
>>> Free Internet WIFI ADSL
There is no air conditioning since the thick stone walls of the building protect the apartment during the hot season. There is a big ceiling fan in each of the two rooms.
Some pieces of antique furniture and a few Italian art reproductions inspire a charming and particular atmosphere: on the bedroom ceiling there is a Mantegna's "Bridal Chamber" reproduction while a full size Leonardo's "Annunciation" welcomes the guests at the home entrance.
The neighborhood is full of life. Just around the corner there are good restaurants and fantastic pizzerias, a fruit market, grocery stores, bar, supermarket. Via Cola di Rienzo, a few blocks away, is one of the main places for the Roman shopping.
The Vatican Museums, St. Peter and Castel S. Angelo are within walking distance. The city center can be easily reached with a short promenade or by subway (just three stops to the Spanish Steps).
Guests will have exclusive access to the apartment.
Interaction with Guests
I will welcome guests in person unless some emergency arises. Should I not be there, some close friend of mine will come to guide you through the apartment and the neighborhood.
The neighborhood is served by the subway and by several lines of buses.
Other Things to Note
Do not make noise in the court: do not talk at a loud voice when you get back home and do not drag trolleys at your check in and check out time.
The WIFI Internet connection is free and the ADSL modem is inside the apartment for your exclusive use. You will not change, for any reason, any password.
As you can see from the pictures, the apartment contains a few pieces of antique furniture which have a high value. There are also a few carpets which are not shown in the pictures. You will take the maximum care to avoid any accidental damage or stain.
Don't make noise during check-in and check-out. Carry your trolleys by hand when you are in the court. Always respect the quiet of the premises.
If you sit outside at night (there is a tiny table with two chairs in the balcony) please do not talk with a loud voice: avoid to make noise during rest hours.
Don't smoke inside the apartment. You can freely smoke in the balcony.
No pets allowed.
Do not invite external people in the apartment. It is strictly forbidden to organize parties and to perform any activity that might disturb the quiet of the premises.
You can freely use the mobile phone. The phone has a rechargeable Italian SIM and you will be responsible to recharge it if the credit is over. You also agree to refund 50 Euros in case you don't return the cellular phone to me when you leave.
There is free WIFI ADSL Internet connection, TV and a complimentary mobile with an Italian SIM.
Mario was an excellent host, gracious and accommodating, and gave us a great orientation to Rome and the neighborhood. The apartment is lovely, and had everything we needed, including snacks when we arrived with two hungry kids after an overnight flight!Location is great, nice neighborhood, lots of informal local restaurants nearby, and very close to the Metro. This place was recommended to us by a friend, and I would certainly recommend it to others!
We had an amazing time at Mario's place. He house was beautiful and tastefully decorated. The location was very convenient for us. We had arrived late in the evening and Mario was at the apartment personally receiving us and explaining the details of the apartment to us. Mario was very thoughtful and his hospitality knew no bounds. He had even provided us with bibs and small towels for our 2 year old son. He had provided us with enough supplies for dinner and breakfast until we could do a supermarket trip on our own the next day. He had bread, milk, juice, jam, sugar, salt, pasta and even baby pasta and sauces ready for us at the apartment. He helped us with restaurant recommendations and he was really organized providing us with maps and every information we may need for our stay. We surely recommend his place for anyone intending to have a cozy stay in Rome!
Mario is an excellent host. He contacted me as soon as I made the booking and provided me with detailed instruction on how to reach his apartment.
On arrival, he kindly greeted us at the apartment entrance and explained to me all there is to know about his apartment and the surrounding. He even offer us homemade Italian coffee, which was really yummy.
The apartment is as described and contains everything we needed for our stay. The location was excellent. It is very close the the metro station (2-3min walk) and the Vatican is very close by as well (10-15min walk). Supermarket, groceries stores and some selection of restaurant are close by as well which were very convenient.
I strongly recommend anyone who is looking to book their next Rome holiday to stay at Mario's.
Host was very friendly and spent a fair amount of time showing is the apartment and explained where the neighbourhood restaurants and shops were. This a great location and was very close to the metro. Lots a great restaurants and shops. 5 mins to Vatican by foot. Safe area.
The apartment was a nice size for two. The photos don't donthe justice admit is very spacious. The unit was very clean and the host left milk and a few groceries to get is started. All appliances worked well and the bed was comfy. I would give this place a 8/10 and recommended it highly. Mario provided a lot of assistance during our stay as well
Mario was really helpful and friendly, we had everything we needed to have a great time in Rome. The place is well located and Mario had everything prepared for us : the flat was clean and full of things for breakfast and everything was prepared to make us feel like home !
This is why I definitely recommend this place for wonderful vacation!
We loved Mario's place & the Angels gave us a great Rome visit. Love the little touches in the apartment. So clean, full of art & cool furniture. It is clear Mario takes good care, we are so thankful. Great area too- near plenty but nice & quiet. Mario gave us great ideas for dinner & lunch. Thank you again!
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About the Host, Mario
I will do my best to provide a home away from home experience and I will also be pleased to give you hints and suggestions to better organize your trip in Italy.
The apartment is warm and fascinating, located in one of the best truly roman neighborhoods. You won't feel like a tourist....
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