About this listing
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's flat was a nice oasis during our time in Rome. We spent all day exploring and it was great to walk in the door and feel right at home. Alessandro made us feel comfortable as soon as we met him and gave us a map to show us his recommendations. We were super impressed with how clean and tidy the flat was.. Not only was it comfortable for three to sleep in, it was the best bed/ nights rest we had during our entire 5 weeks of travel. All together the place was a home away from home and wouldn't hesitate to stay again with Alessandro.
Alessandro was a great communicator and very helpful. The apartment is ideally positioned on the middle of everything. Thanks for a great stay!
5 min from train station and located on Rome's finest street with lots of restaurant (drunken cow is a most)
Apartment is super Fresh and cosy. We have excellent contact with Alessandro that helped us with map and gave us some home baked cookies which tasted heavenly. If heading to Rome this is the place to stay!
The apartment and Alessandro were wonderful! The place was clean and small but very cosy, and we three girls had enough space in the flat without feeling cramped. The beds were also very comfy. In walking times, it's about a 5-10 minute walk to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, 20-25 or so to the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain, 35-40 to Villa Borghese, and about an hour to the Vatican. The location is perfect. Alessandro was very kind when we arrived, and gave us a map and told us some things about the neighborhood and told us where we could buy groceries. I would definitely come back to Alessandro's if I come back to Rome.
Our stay in Rome was more than we could have asked for! This Flat was clean, centrally located to train station, metro, major landmarks all in the Historic Center. Alessandro was very helpful. He met us there to greet us and gave us wonderful recommendations that we took advantage of. He was very hospitable and answered all our questions thoroughly. Thank you, Alessandro!!!
Fabulous location about 10 mins walk from Coliseum. When arriving to flat from train station by following directions from website be sure and go past church on left and then cross street to proceed to flat. We were a bit turned around and Allesandro graciously met us and walked us to his very efficient flat. Flat good for a couple w bunk above double bed for extra person. Steep ladder so imagine best for child over 9 yrs old. Ate at the restaurant at the end of per Alessandro's recommendation . Excellent homemade pasta! Highly recommend . (We are in our 60's and had no problems w access)
We (2 adults + one 8 years old boy) stayed one week in Rome in June 2015. We looked for not so expensive apartments in quiet district close to the center. Alessandro's one is exactly satisfied all our wishes. Small, but very quiet apartment close to a metro station and step availability from all the touristic (and native) places of Rome. We even not used metro and buses at all and enjoyed walking through the Eternal City.
Alessandro met us near apartment (we were 1,5 hours late due to a luggage unloading and train schedule in FCO), showed the apartments and answered all our questions related to the district and some restaurant, supermarkets and bakery location. The apartment was clean enough, shower and wi-fi worked fine and due to we mostly spent our time outside we didn't have any problem with an accommodation. We mostly recommend the apartment for travelling alone or pair due to it can be a bit undersized for 3 adults. But if you mostly interested in the quiet charming place to get a rest after full impression day in Rome, that's your choice! Special thanks to Alessandro! He is very very hospitable host and welcome interlocutor.
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About the Host, Alessandro
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…