We had a fantastic four night stay at Vatican Vista as part of our recent summer trip touring Rome,Naples and Sorrento.
This b and b is an apartment on the 4th floor (with lift) in a lovely old building right on the Piazza Risorgimento and with wonderful views of the Vatican close-by. You have a room in the apartment and hosts David and Rossana, who live in the apartment directly above, come and prepare a continental- style breakfast in the mornings.
When we stayed there were no other guests so we had the place to ourselves. It felt like we had our own apartment in Rome! It is very conveniently located within walking distance of many major sites and if you didn't want to walk there is a taxi rank and a bus terminus in the square in front of the building. The Ottaviano Metro station is only a short walk away too.
The apartment and its rooms are clean, traditionally decorated and very homely. There are lots of books to read and dvds to watch if you wish. You can come and go as you please and we really appreciated this relaxed style as it gave us a sense of what it might be like to live in Rome as well as providing a great, tranquil place to chill out in away from the noise and heat of the day in the city.It was very hot when we visited and the air con was wonderfully welcome. You could also buy drinks etc. to put in the fridge or make tea and coffee (provided) to save a bit of money in the expensive cafes. Rossana also left water, juice, fruit, cheese, croissants etc. left from breakfast for us to use during the day. One day we were even treated with a lovely Italian cake!
Rossana and David are kind, wonderful hosts who really go the extra mile to make the most of your time in Rome. They are both retired tour guides so they gave us great background information before we went on our visits. They got our Colosseum tickets online for us so we wouldn't have to queue in the heat. They organised us a tour of the Vatican museums and got us a discounted rate. They were always on hand for advice about public transport, restaurants and local information. They made our stay very special and we were sad to leave. We would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Apartment overlooking St. Peter's Basilica, Papal Palace, Vatican City, near the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy. Apartment in elegant building, accommodation with 3 bright, clean and spacious bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom with shower, one with private shower/tub outside room. Access to kitchen. Each room has air conditioning, free WiFi with computer in hall. Near tourist attractions, transportation, dining, shopping. We can arrange for a driver from/to airports and cruise ships at reasonable rates. ... more less
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