A charming apartment, made especially cozy by a recent remodeling. It is located on the first floor (without elevator) of an ancient building which dates back to the sixteenth century.
A very noiseless place right in the historical center of the city, in Urbana street, a road which two thousand years ago was named “Vicus Patricius” and throbbed with life during the Roman imperial government.
The “Suburra” – the previous name of this district located on the sloped of the Quirinale and Viminale hills spreading as far as Esquilino hill – was a suburban neighbourhood of ill-fame, but where also new freedmen and patricians built their houses, surrounded by taverns, brothels, prostitutes, thieves, traders and some respectable people. The heart of Rome was like this. During the Emperor Vespasian time the Colosseum was built down the eastern part of the city, while on the south you could admire the Arch of Tito and the temple of Nettuno on the west.
Today the district of Suburra is called “Rione Monti”, the first neighbourhood of the city, one of the few places where you can have a real, genuine breathing area.
The apartment consists of one room (even if it is divided in two parts by a corridor) perfectly acclimatized (air conditioned) and endowed with an elegant cooking alcove finished in travertine marble (where guests will find everything necessary for cooking).
The sleeping area has got a chestnut boiserie which has been made out of fifteenth century beam floors of the building that today homes the Teatro dei Satiri, previously cavea of the Teatro di Pompeo (the place where the Emperor Julius Caesar was murdered). Beside the double-bed there is an intermediate wooden floor fitted with a single bed.
The loft is made precious by the restoration work of the ancient sixteenth century beam ceiling, by the sight of bricks from the original construction, by a mosaic whose “unicum” you can see in the Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and by a modern liquid crystal television.
The bathroom, also finished in travertine marble, contains a shower and is well stocked with everything that guests need (towels, soap, shampoo).
The flat has also free wifi Internet connection!!!
The location of the apartment is exceptional as you are actually close to all the classic sights of Rome. The Colosseum and Fori Imperiali are no more than an easy five minute walk. Moreover the “Cavour” underground (subway) station is approximately one hundred meters far from the apartment.
In the immediate vicinity it’s worth a moment to linger along the narrow lanes of the Suburra, the church of Santa Pudenziana and its Byzantine mosaic (this is the oldest church in Rome, it dates back to the third century A.D.; the tradition says that Saint Peter might have found shelter there during the Christian persecution), the church of Santa Prassede and obviously the magnificent and imposing Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
The perfect starting point to best enjoy the best of the eternal city!
Queste non vogliono assolutamente essere regole di comportamento, sono semplici consigli di buon senso ed educazione.
These are not behaviour rules, but just some advice of good sense and education.
Cerca di rispettare il silenzio di via Urbana e del condominio, i “tuoi” vicini lo apprezzeranno molto.
Try to respect Via Urbana silence and the quiet of this condominium, your neighbours will appreciate it very much.
Usa la cucina a tuo piacimento e cerca di lasciarla in ordine per chi verrà dopo di te.
You can use the kitchen as you want but please leave it in order for the next guests.
Ricordati di spegnere sempre le luci ed il condizionatore d’aria quando esci dall’appartamento: il risparmio energetico è un problema che riguarda tutti.
Please remember to turn the lights and the air conditioned off when you leave the flat: saving energy is a problem which regards everybody.
Evita di fumare nell’appartamento, proteggerai i soffitti in legno, la tappezzeria e rispetterai chi, magari non fumatore, lo abiterà dopo di te.
Try not to smoke in the flat. In this way you will protect the wooden ceiling and tapestry too. You will also respect people, perhaps not smokers, who will live the flat after you.
Grazie e buon soggiorno
Thank you and have a nice holiday
Alessandro gave us comprehensive directions to the flat, which he met us at promptly upon us letting him know we'd arrived. He had a map for us, which he circled his favorite restaurants, gelaterias, and things to do that are off the beaten path. He gave us tips on when to visit what. The apartment was clean and seemed to be very well renovated recently. When our train was departing later than we had planned, he allowed us a late check out which was a total life saver. He was always available for our questions and answered quickly. The location of the flat is UNPARALLELED. Fabulous, fabulous neighborhood that was far less touristy from other areas we'd walked through during our stay. Great food and gelato near by. Loved it and would return in a heart beat.
We loved our stay in Alessandro's apartment!
The apartment looks a bit bigger in the photos than it actually is but nonetheless it is big enough for a short stay in Rome!
The location is perfect, just 5-10 minutes to the Colloseum and Termini. Restaurants and small supermarkets (which are a bit expensive in my opinion - we preferred walking to other supermarkets) are in the same street. You can reach everything easily by foot. Just in case you don't want to walk: There even is a metro station at the end of the street.
There were just two things which bothered us a little bit.
The ceiling in general is high, but unfortunately the shower is really small. For me it wasn't a problem but for my boyfriend. I think that people taller than 1.90m will have problems showering. ;)
The street is quiet, but the people in the aparment aren't. Maybe we caught just a bad moment but I woke up every night because people stood outside the apartment and talked. :( But that isn't Alessandro's fault, of course. I just think that people who are sensitive to noise should know.
All in all I would recommend the apartment to people who want to see as much as possible of Rome because it really is in a perfect location and really cosy. :)
thanks for your review and of course we'll be happy to welcome you again in Rome anytime!
About the noise I am so sorry about that but probably you have been very unlucky during your stay... My flat faces a private courtier and not the street so usually It's a place wher you really can't hear any noice...
We had a very warm welcome. Alessandro met us on time and explained everything we needed to know.
The apartment was great . It was well equipped and very comfortable. The Location in Monti is fantastic and we liked that it was so quiet.
We always enjoy Rome.
Thank you Alessandro.
Alessandro est très accueillant, notre séjour s'est très bien passé. L'appartement est idéalement situé dans un quartier vivant de la ville et tout à fait pratique. Nous reviendrons très certainement car nous n'avons pas pu tout voir!!! Nous reprendrons contact avec Alessandro sans hésiter! Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés (pas de mauvaise surprise :)
Alessandro was very kind and very supportive in all matters.
The apartment is located in a very nice neighborhood near the Coloseum. On the street you will find some very nice restaurants with great Italian food.
The apartment itself is rather small, but in a very good condition.
We had a wonderful time. The apartment is small but it was perfect for us - right in the middle of Rome. We hope to come back - and we would like to stay in your apartment again. I'll recommend it to my friends as well.
The "Flat for Real Experts at Colosseum" was great for us to stay in from Feb 27 through March 6, 2015. From our first email contact with him, the owner was courteous, informative, and welcoming. He helped us understand our transportation options, and we traveled from Rome's Fiumicino airport to the apartment easily and comfortably on the Leonardo Express train. We met him at the apartment as previously arranged to get the keys. (We had already done a virtual walk using Google street level view, so we knew the way.)
We enjoyed our easy walking access to Termini station (10-15 minutes), Colosseum and Forum (5-10 minutes), and 2 medium-sized grocery stores (5 to 10 minutes). We're in our late 60's, and we do enjoy walking although we shared our cane during some of our walks. We used the cane mostly for stability while walking on the cobblestone streets. (We are careful to do our physical therapy routines EVERY morning to make sure my knee and husbands back don't cause us trouble.)
Due to my food sensitivities, we cooked breakfast and supper in the apartment...so much easier for me than eating out. We had picnics for lunch. The 2-burner stove top and 1/2 size refrigerator with freezer worked great for us. Dishes, pots, and utensils were provided as were all linens, even extras in case we needed them.
We were thrilled to find 2 nice-sized grocery stores located across the street from the Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore. One is Tuodi and the other is SMA (find it when you're walking on the sidewalk in front of the Upim store). When you look at a map, each store is just about across the street from the corners of the Basilica where the Piazza is rounded. We took our small rolling suitcase to carry back our groceries. When we didn't want to walk to the large stores for food, we went to the small grocery a few doors down the street from the apartment.
The apartment is a great example of streamlined living. There was room for the 2 of us with an extra loft bed that would be good for a grandchild. Probably 3 people would do well there. The owner has paid careful attention to details that were important to us--great wifi that always worked well, always hot running water, excellent toilet that always flushed well, shower was big enough with a good shower head, the apartment was well-lit, the heater worked very well on chilly mornings, and everything was fresh and clean. The door to the hallway locked very well and there were no noisy neighbors or street noise while we were there.
Our departure was easy. We walked to Termini station (it is an uphill walk, but we managed it just fine) and took the 5:35 AM Leonardo express train back to Fiumicino airport.
We definitely recommend this apartment and host.
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I am Alessandro, born in Rome and in love with my city... I am on call 24/7 and do my best to help people have the best experience possible during their stay. Archeology is my first passion, then food and good wine (my wife is a sommelier).
I think that living in Rome means… walking through the streets of history, where around every corner you come upon an architectural wonder, written about in history books, or a museum rich with original and important works of art – all objects of beauty that were created for your enjoyment by artists throughout more than two thousand years of history... discovering that, even during winter – when the entire peninsula is under snow, from the Alps to Sicily – you can enjoy sun-drenched spring-like days, guaranteed from the affectionate and protective embrace of the Abruzzo Apenines. Rome is the only city in Italy where the sun is always brilliant and the moderate temperatures never end....To experience the constant struggle between christianity and paganism; to worship the beauty of the eighteenth century churches while bowing to the graces of the ancient temples. ... To stop in at the local shops and chat for a while with real Romans who can be sceptical, are often impatient, but underneath it all they’re big-hearted.
What I wanna say is that no one of my guests should come away from a visit to Rome, eternal city of history and art, without having relished the experience completely, in the best way possible, and with a full understanding of her finest characteristics…