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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Rome, Lazio

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skhakoo
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Rome with kids-the benefits of apartment rentals in residential areas”
Reviewed 27 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Location:
We are staying in a second floor apartment near the Roma stop within 10 minute walk to San Giovanni church. 2 adults, one teen and one tween. The apartment is about two blocks from the 85 bus which travels to the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain. It is slow but will permit a stop closer to the apartment. The Roma train station is about blocks away. Near the train station is a vegetable and fruit shop, grocery store, coffee place and lots of local businesses. Two blocks away is the flower market and some stalls that appeared closed but I am told there is a flea market on weekends. Lots of other supermarkets (small grocery stores), bread shops, pastry shops, coffee shops, pizzerias within 3-4 blocks and a sandwich shop named Grand Cafe is one block away. Two blocks away is a park with swings and a green area for kids. There is a nursery school 1/2 block away in the yellow building. The neighborhood is not well lit but it feels safe with lots of families with kids and elderly people.

The train at Roma connects to Termini in 4 stops and one can switch to the other line to get to the sites in West and North. The metro only has two lines A and B so a few stops and you are in the middle of the city. I walked one day from our apartment to the Spanish steps and it took about one hour. It is about 30 minutes to the Colosseum, On the way many of the pilgrim churches appeared. San Giovanni has the sacred steps (10 minutes). The papal university is also attached so many priests and nuns walking around the neighborhood. Choose 1.50E Billetes (tickets) which you can prebuy at news stands. We found we made about 3 trips per person so 4.50 per day. The day passes are 6E so it is cheaper to just buy the individual passes and use as needed. They are good for 100 minutes and it seems no one checks them on the busses.

Apartment
The second floor apartment has a small balcony overlooking other homes and a clothes line where washed clothes can be dried. We tried this but due to colder weather it was easier to use the heaters in the apartment of hang wet clothes overnight and it worked fine. The windows face Via Volterre, the street where the apartment is located. It has one very large bedroom and one smaller bedroom- both have large queen beds which are very comfortable. The dining/living room has a 4 seating with 4 extra fold up chairs. The kitchen has a fridge, freezer. The stove has 4 burners. The bathroom has a shower and toilet as well as a bedet (?). We cooked breakfast every day and dinner a couple of times. It was easy and fun. The dishes are washed by hand but the cabinet has a rack built in for drying- very nice. There are three doors, a front gate, a door into the building and a door into our unit.

Food
If you have lived in NY or Chicago or anywhere with excellent Italian food, the fast food in Rome, while cheap, will be a disappointment. Sandwiches /Pizza (rectangle pieces weighed in grams) in the neighborhood run 2E and Pasta can be about 5E. Sit down restaurants serve Pizza that is circular and can feed two. Pasta and Pizza runs 7-10E in a simple but nice restaurant. We finally decided that it was so much tastier and cheaper to buy fresh uncooked pasta, ingredients, bread, salad and make our own dinners. The grocery stores have really fresh food although prices are higher than the USA. Coffees of all sorts run about 1E in the neighborhood and 3-4E in the center of town.

Gelatos are a great past-time and flavors vary as do styles of making it thereby the taste. The pastry shops are open late to enjoy a sweet treat with cafe. The fruit and vegetable shops are cheap and excellent. Perfect for snacks. We loved the clementines and bananas.

For families trying to save money, eat at home and reserve eating out for restaurants, gelato and cafe. Skip the fast food.

Sites
Good news- if kids are under 18 they are free in many places and cheap in others. We were surprised that the Colessum,Forum,Palatine Hill combo ticket of 12E is only for adults-kids are free so it is worthwhile to go twice since it is amazing for kids. At Ostia Antica the same free rule applied. At Borghese Gallery we paid 2.50 for kids. WE carried copies of passports to show as proof and they were universally accepted. Ostia Antica is a poor man's Pompeii and it is only 30 minutes by train which costs the same as metro (1.50). The ruins are amazing- really amazing. We used Rick Steve's guide and were fine in most places. Some great apps exist for free and we found them helpful for self guides.

The Rome Free walk tour is worth it- fun and free- it meets at the Spanish steps but do reserve in advance. The Trevi fountain is being renovated so that was a little disappointing. We sprung for the Expedia.com tour $30 for the Papal Audience because we did not want to miss the tickets which are free but not easy to find. It was well worth every penny and seeing the Pope made the trip truly memorable.

The most exciting things are Bernini and Michelangelo statues in churches for free and often without any crowds. We loved discovering them in several churches. Kids loved learning to use the water fountains as the ancients did and drinking clean water everywhere for free. You merely block the water hole and a spring of water shoots out for drinking so no touching any surfaces, hygienic and fun.

All in all sunny days in November make it a perfect time to see Rome without the crowds- the rainy days are good for indoor museums albeit disappointing. There were days when we wished we were closer to the action in the central part of the city thereby permitting us to get out after taking a rest but all in all, we got into the routine of other Roman families of coming home, eating a nice meal, drinking coffee and relaxing. Not a bad way to enjoy a vacation.

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Liked best: Living like other Roman families and getting into the rhythm of the culture
Liked least: A few pangs of regret of not being close to the action when we got a second wind.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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MConley7
Chicago, Illinois
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“Perfect Location, Lovely Neighborhood, close to transit”
Reviewed 6 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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The apartment is located in a lovely and local part of the city that doesn't seem to have many tourists wandering around, which we liked. There was a great local market nearby where we bought eggs, vegetables, cheeses and breads for breakfast. The price conscious traveler would even be able to buy meats and freshly made pastas, to not spend for dinner.

I also highly suggest Osteria Dar Bruttone and Pizzeria Al Grottino for dinner. La Canolleria and Il arte di gelato also had great desserts.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
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Montreal
Reviewed 22 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Liked best: The girl (Lidia) who rented to us & the parking suggestion
Liked least: Nothing in particular
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Panevezys, Lithuania
Reviewed 29 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
30 Apr 2013
Hi Asta
Thanks so much for coming and for your kindness, it was a real pleasure to know you, and your family, I am happy that you have enjoyed it and that you had a nice and relaxing holiday in Rome
Lidia
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Susanne F
Switzerland
1 review
“Very nice appartement - well located and a very kind and helpful landlord”
Reviewed 16 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Very nice appartement and well located. Direct train from aiport Fiumicino to station Tuscolana and then abt. 7 min. walk to the appartement. Metro A also in a 10 min walk distance. Lidia - the landlord is very kind and helpful. Key pick-up and return without any problem. As a welcome present a nice bottle a white wine was waiting. Lidia has driven us also with her car to the train station at the end of our stay. Would come back at any time. A big thank to Lidia again.

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Liked best: the whole appartement and the kind landlord
Liked least: there was nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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