Flat for real experts at Colosseum

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Via Urbana, Rome, Lazio 00184, Italy
Your host, Alessandro
51 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was our first Airbnb experience and i couldnt have asked for better! Ale was as great as everyone has said. He was there waiting outside the flat even when our train was late. Exceptional communication throughout the whole booking process and our stay. He gave us great local information on sites and where to buy food etc.
    The flat was neat and tidy and in a fantastic position close to all the attractions. You truly cannot get a better location! We loved wondering the little streets which came alive in the evening when eateries popped up everywhere. As others have said, the flat is small, but thats standard for the heart of Ancient Rome! The shower was smallish but had great water pressure and really clean. Ale has a number of local accomodation/hotel businesses so he is very experienced in making your stay enjoyable.
    We hope to one day stay here again. Thanks Ale!!

    June 2014
  • Alessandro's place is an absolute gem, in a lovely spot on via Urbana in the heart of Monti, we had a wonderful time in rome and we were very grateful Alessandro was our introduction to the city.

    June 2014
  • Although Alessandro was not able to personally meet us, he arranged for his employee Hernan to meet us and bring us to the apartment. Ale left a letter of apology and also listed down some very useful information on the map provided. The apartment was as it is in the pictures, it was cosy and sufficient. I have never felt so safe in Rome before. You will understand what I mean when you look at the locking mechanism of the door. The apartment is in the monti District and you will find a grocery store, Laundromat and lots of restaurants along the street to the cavour metro. Ale was warm and quick to respond in our communication. He's a wonderful host. He even arranged for a taxi to pick us up to the airport as we had requested. Highly recommended.

    May 2014
  • The location is perfect!
    The apartment is new and clean, but there is no water pressure. That makes difficult the shower and imposible to wash your hair.....

    May 2014
    Response from Alessandro:

    Dear Cristina,
    why you did not call me or e-mail me immediately to tell of the water? I am famous because of my mobile phone switched on 24h/24h :)
    The problem was so easy to be solved... It was the tablet of the water mixer...
    Now It works perfectly... See you next time! Ciao!

    May 2014
  • Alessandro met us right on time and this apartment is adorable! Very clean, spacious, very very very comfortable and air conditioned! The location is minutes from the coliseum and ancient roman ruins! The tremini station is about a 10 minute walk and the apartment was easy to find. Great location with lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping close by. Cant wait to come back! Also, alessandro had maps available for us and tour books.

    May 2014
  • We had a fabulous stay in Ale's cosy apartment. Ale was very good and very prompt in attending to our problem with our TV and fixing it straight away. All the comments have mentioned the great things we loved about this apartment. If we came back to Rome again, we would definitely make Ale's apartment my 2nd home and recommend it to all my friends:) Thank you again, Ale for having us in your lovely apartment.

    May 2014
  • Alessandro was very helpful with helping us get settled in the apartment when we arrived and arranging a taxi ride for our return to the airport. The apartment is quite small but pleasant, well maintained and feels safe. It is perfectly located for visiting major historical sites on foot and is very close to metro Cavour. Altogether we are happy to recommend Alessandro and his apartment to future guests.

    May 2014
  • What a lovely stay! The Monti district was a great location for us, 5 minutes from the metro and 15 minutes to Termini (which was a very helpful when we took the train to the airport). The Colosseum was right there, so pretty in the evening! The apartment is small, but you have everything you need and the Wifi signal is strong which was so helpful. The beds were very comfortable and my daughter loved having her own little area up top. Alessandro was extremely responsive and helpful. Although we were unable to meet in person, he made sure we were taken care of and helped into the apartment. This gives me an excuse to come back :)

    April 2014
  • Great stay in this wonderful town in a great apartment. Perfect for 3 people, immaculate, recently renovated with taste. Very quiet in the night, but the area is absolutely lovely, with plenty of nice shops and restaurants, not overcrowded with tourists, very Roman :-) Termini train station is only 15min walk away, and underground Cavour 2min. Bonus: Alessandro let us leave our luggage at his hotel up the street.
    Thank you Alessandro !

    April 2014
  • Everything was perfect.....the Apartment was very clean, perfect Location to discover the city and Alessandro was very nice and welcoming.

    April 2014
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I am Alessandro, born in Rome and in love with my city... My mobile phone number is 24/24 hour switched on for my guests and 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 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…
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