We are a family of four - kids aged 5 and 3. Apartment was spacious and had all amenities as described. Everything was clean and well looked after. Location was perfect with a kids playground in Parco di Villa Celimontana (about 15 mins walk). Supermarket was 3 minutes from the house. Nice restaurants, gelateria, pizzeria on the doorstep. Our host got in contact before we travelled and helped to organise the airport pick up and drop off and was there on our arrival (which was around 9.30 in the evening). She explained where everything was and had some breakfast supplies in for us also. She also texted us during our stay to make sure everything was going OK. I would have no hesitation in returning to the apartment in the future and would also be happy to recommend it to anyone visiting Rome
This beautiful apartment is located in a wonderful neighborhood in Via Gallia (Gallia Street). The location is very nice because it is not in a main tourist area and it makes you feel like you are a local. We stayed there for 12 nights and we miss it already. Within 2 blocks distance there are 2 fantastic bakeries for bread and croissants and great take-away food with reasonable prices. After another block, there is a bustling farmer’s market in the mornings where you can buy fresh produce and support local farmers. We are used to large American supermarkets and there are two within easy walking distance. This served us well as we are seasoned, independent travelers and prepared most of our meals in the apartment. There is a large parlor, a small but fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, and 2 very spacious bedrooms. We were there in February and the apartment was warm with central building heating. We also used the washing machine several times and they had a nice arrangement for drying clothes on racks inside or on the porch. Be advised that the blue bathroom is very nice and there was always plenty of hot water, however if you are over size 12 then the tub will be a tight fit. It is on the sixth floor so the typical street noise is low and they have great window barricades to keep out sound and light. But you should know that there is a main hospital about a mile away and you can expect to hear sirens 3-4 times a day so bring a pair of sturdy earplugs. There was some occasional angry honking at night but this passed quickly. The neighbors inside the building are quiet. The elevator is small but adequate as this is a 1900s building.
Logistically, the nearest metro stop is about 10-15 minutes walk, and the bus stop we used most frequently is about 10 minutes away. You can walk to the Colosseum in about 25 minutes.
Our host, Luisa, was very accommodating and helped us with many requests and questions with willingness and a great attitude. She tried very hard to make our stay as pleasant as possible. Thank you, Luisa, for the wonderful stay. We definitely plan to stay there again when we come back to Rome. 5/5 stars!
First-time travelers to Rome be advised: It seems that most people in Rome smoke cigarettes while walking down the street and everywhere else. If smoke bothers you, I would advise a thick scarf or a jacket hood for protecting your lungs if you plan to walk around as much as we did (at least 4 hours a day). The apartment, of course, did not allow smoking and provided a welcome refuge.
I suggest using the San Giovanni in Laterano church to orient yourselves and find your way back to the apartment, as it is close to the metro stop and reachable by bus. It can be seen from far away and so makes for a great landmark.
The map we found most useful was from the tourist info office next to the Colosseum. It had all bus routes and main sights for only 2.50 euros.
We recommend the shop Samyra for buying leather jackets – it had a nice assortment at reasonable prices with a relaxed seller. We also found a nice store with great deals on leather purses on the edge of the Barberini Square which holds the Fontana del Tritone. One minute from the Barberini metro stop.
Enjoy Rome! We did!