This place is amazing. We couldn't find a single fault with the place (not that we were looking).
Paola was such a great help from booking the apartment, to booking airport transport and answering my many emails. Very friendly and nothing seemed like too much.
Salvatore was a great host. He made us feel very welcome and showed us to our apartment. The room is on the first floor and once he opened the doors I just couldn't believe what we would be staying in. The room was massive and gorgeous. We really couldn't believe what we had dropped on.
Salvatore showed us around, gave us the Wi-Fi password, some maps of Rome and information on the surrounding area. He also provided us with some breakfast cards (arranged upon booking) for The Bistro which was next door. The breakfast cards get you a cappuccino and a croissant filled with either milk chocolate (really nice!), white chocolate (also very nice!) or marmalade (didn't try this one). There were other options available.
The Metro (A) is only a short walk away from the apartments. Go out the doors, turn right and keep walking and you can't miss is. I wouldn't say it takes 5 minutes to walk there as you have to contend with the roads of Rome. Light turns green for pedestrians to cross - drivers don't care. It just makes them slow down a little. If there's a gap they will take it!
I do recommend the Roma Pass. We got the 48 hour pass as we were only there 3 days and on the 3rd day we were at the Vatican all day so didn't need transport. With the Roma pass you can have 48 hours or 72 hours. The 48 hour pass gets you a free admittance into any Rome attraction (not the Vatican as it isn't Rome) and then a discount on any attraction after that . The 72 hour pass gets you into 2 attractions for free. The Roma pass can be used on all bus routes and metro links in Rome. Just scan and go. Word to the wise - don't put the pass in your back pocket. They damage easy and stop working...but there wasn't any issues with getting on the transport. Just show the staff your pass and they'll let you on.
There's a supermarket next to the metro station if you want to grab some bits and bobs. Bottled water, milk and some biscuits were left for us in the kitchen which was a nice touch after a good half day of travelling.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants around the apartment. Our favourite was Gourmet Cafe which is just down the road. The food is really nice and they have a great selection of wine, real ale and lager. The service is very friendly and the waiter we had was very patient and helped us with the menu and recommended food to us.
Hesediel al Vaticano looks great on photos but is nothing compared to what you actually get. We were very surprised at the cleanliness of the apartment and the comfort. I couldn't recommend this place enough.
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