The apartment is in the historic, 16th century palace “Casa all'Arco Cenci Tavani”, in the Jewish ghetto, situated in a strategic position close to Piazza Campo de' Fiori open market. The building is in the center of ancient Rome making all sites, Piazza Navona, Piazza Farnese, Trastevere, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, a few minutes walk.
The apartment, recently renovated, equipped with TV and air conditioning, has wooden beam ceiling and is located on the ground floor (without windows). It consists of a bedroom with a double bed, a living room with 1 double sofa bed, table and chairs, a furnished kitchenette and a small bathroom.
The Jewish Ghetto is a wonderfully atmosperich area studded with artisans'studios, vintage clothes shops, kosher bakeries and popular trattorias.
It's situated in the heart of Rome, from where you can walk everywhere: in 10 minutes you can reach the Vatican, Corso Vittorio Emanuele or the Sant'Angelo Bridge and, through narrow streets, ancient atmospheric squares such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Campo de' Fiori. In case you don't feel like walking 20 minutes to the Colosseum, you can catch a bus to Piazza Venezia and beyond at one of the many bus stops nearby.
The apartment is neighbouring to Palazzo Cenci that was the scene of one of the 16th century's most infamous crimes. Here Beatrice Cenci, a young aristocrat, was driven by years of abuse to murder her tyrannical father. After a long and brutal investigation she and her accomplice, her stepmother Lucrezia, were beheaded on 11 September 1599 in front of a vast and largely sympathetic crowd on Ponte Sant'Angelo.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Airport Fiumicino and Ciampino 25 km, Nearest railway: Termini Station 3 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
Lazio offers sandy beaches such as Sperlonga and Sabaudia south of Rome where is worth spending a couple of days at least. If you are tight on time and still want to savour the seaside, then hop over to Fregene (35 km) and make the summer experience of crowds of Romans.
North of Rome the Etruscan necropolises of Tarquinia and Cerveteri should not be missed as well as Viterbo's medieval architecture.
Going up-country you are in Sabina, the area where ancient Romans are said to have abducted women so as to populate their newly founded city. It is now famous for its olive oil production and home to the Cistercian Abbazia di Farfa, one of a few abbeys in Lazio, the most famous being the Abbey of Monte Cassino, 130 km southeast of Rome.
Among the many day-trip options in the immediate surroundings of Rome consider Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port, and Tivoli, where you will be stunned by the water gardens of Villa d'Este and the fascinating ruins of Emperor Hadrian's Palace.
CAMPO DE' FIORI
Campo de' Fiori is a major focus of roman life: by day it hosts a much-lowed market, while at night it turns into a raucous open-airpup. For centuries it was the site of public executions, and in 1600 the philosophising monk Giordano Bruno, immortalised in Ettore Ferrari's sinister statue, was burned at the stake here for heresy.
Many of the streets surrounding il Campo are named after the artisans who traditionally occupied them: via dei Cappellari (hatters), via dei Baullari (trunk makers) and via dei Chiavari (key makers). Via dei Giubbonari (jacket makers) is still full of clothing shops.
Via Giulia is a charming road lined with colourful Renaissance palazzi and potted orange trees. At its southern and, the fontana del Mascherone depicts a 17th century hippy surprised by water spewing from is mouth. Just beyond it, and spanning the road, is the ivy-clad Arco Farnese, designed by Michelangelo as part of an ambitious, unfinished project to connect Palazzo Farnese with Villa Farnesina on the opposite side of the Tiber.
Dominating the elegant piazza of the same name, Palazzo Farnese is one of Rome's greatest Renaissance palazzi. It was started in 1514 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, continued by Michelangelo, who added the cornice and balcony, and finished by Giacomo della Porta. Nowadays, is the French Embassy and open only to visitors who have booked a place on the biweekly guided tour. The twin fountains in the square are enormous granite baths taken from the Terme di Caracalla.
CHIESA SANT'ANDREA DELLA VALLE
A must for opera fans, this towering 17th-century church is where Giacomo Puccini set the first act of Tosca. Its most obvious feature is Carlo Maderno's soaring dome, the highest in Rome after St. Peter's, but its bombastic baroque interior reveals some wonderful frescoes by Mattia Preti, Domenichino and, in the dome, Lanfranco. Competiton between the artists was fierce and rumour has it that Domenichino once took a saw to Lanfranco's scaffolding, almost killing him in the process.
FONTANA DELLE TARTARUGHE
This playful 16th-century fountain depicts four boys gently hoisting tortoises up into a bowl of water. Apparently, Taddeo Landini created it in a single night in 1585 on behalf of the Duke of Mattei, who had gambled his fortune away and was on the verge of losing his fiancée. On seeing the fountain, Mattei's future father-in-law was so impressed that he relented and let Mattei marry his daughter. The tortoises were added by Bernin in 1658.