The flat is in a cool quiet square just opposite the Greenwich cinema with amazing palm trees that are higher than the four storey buildings. I was relieved that it was an oasis of calm because it's diagonally opposite the hustle and bustle of the newly build Testaccio Market. The Market's got all the authentic tastes, smells and sounds of the real Rome - and the best coffee. When we were there it was bustling with the life and the language of Rome and not full of tourists like some districts. Everything you could want to eat and drink is on your doorstep. We were right in the centre of Testaccio and yet we could escape from the frenetic atmosphere in this top floor flat.
There's what looks like a brand-new lift to the fifth floor where we unlocked the door to the HUGE private terrace with far-reaching views to the Monte die Cocci - the massive artificial mound of broken Roman pots. The terrace has basic furniture and great views. In the summer it must get incredibly hot so I'm sure the awning would get pulled down to give some shade. In February we didn't need it.
The bedrooms are a decent size and the bed was very comfortable. I'm a bit of a stickler for cleanliness and thankfully could relax here. The kitchen is small but functional (why cook when there are a thousand eager Italians on your doorstep wanting to offer you their creations?!) The bedrooms are a decent size so we could spend time in ours when not sleeping and not feel cooped up.
The location alone is enough, but it's sparkling clean and has a terrace to die for. We really enjoyed being there.