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Excellent 5/5 9 reviews

the courtyard

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome

Casaraffaela is located on the second floor and is very quite as it faces the inner courtyard, where there is a nice garden with palms and exotic plants. It is composed of a large room with a double bed, with a handy new LaTeX mattress and a seating area with a sofa bed for 1/2-seater French measure, a small bedroom with, single bed, corridor, kitchenette, bathroom with bathtub, balcony, Central heating and elevator.

Note: the apartment has been recently renovated and all furniture and accessories are new.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ostia
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Ciampino, Nearest railway: Stazione tuscolana
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Air conditioning, TV
Standard Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking

The Lazio region

The climate of the region, monitored by more than 40 weather stations, shows a significant variability from area to area. In general, along the coast, the temperature varies between 90-10 ° C 24-25 ° C in January and July, rainfall is rather low along the northern coast.

Lazio has many parks, reserves and other protected natural areas. Among these are certainly important and popular national parks such as the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Parco Nazionale del Circeo, Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga and the Regional Natural Reserve Tor Caldara.

Lazio is one of the most important for Italian culture, European and world for its contents as historical, artistic, archaeological, architectural, religious and cultural. The immense extraordinary legacy hosted by the city of Rome is just one among hundreds of points of interest between countries, churches, monasteries, monuments and various sites in the region. Rome alone has 16% of arts and cultural heritage around the world.

World Heritage Sites in Lazio historical centre of Rome, the Holy See extraterritorial properties in the city and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls are among the objects protected by UNESCO as patrimony of the city.

In Lazio, the Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este in Tivoli and the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri and Tarquinia are among the protected sites.

The tourist sites in Rome, range time and forms, from archaeological sites, most notably the Roman Forum, monuments like the Colosseum with which the city is identified, the churches Who, with St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican make it the centre of Catholicism, arches, bridges, fountains, walls and their doors, the monuments, squares and streets.

In all that you can simply enjoy going around the city you can still add a lot more, thanks to the important cultural offerings date from Roman museums.


It is situated in San Giovanni (St Johannes), which is a historical suburb (or quarter) of Rome and also one of the largest in extension. It is located in a central area all along the Aurelian Walls (Mura Aureliane) which embraces the old historical part of the city.

Still within walking distance are other historical locations and fine example of architecture such as the Domus Aurea (emperor Nero's residence), Church of Saint Clement, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colosseo.

There are many green areas in the neighbourhood and nearby is the"Appian Way Regional Park", which contains several items of archaeological interest, as well as a considerable ecological value with 78 species of birds and fauna.

Also in a not far distance is Villa Celimontana, situated on the summit of the Celian Hill. The villa is best known for its gardens and its grounds cover most of the valley between the Aventine Hill and the Caelian. In the summer months the Festival of Jazz takes place in the villa. It is also worth of mention the splendid Villa dei Quintili on the 4th Mile of the Appian Way.

The centre of the quarter is Piazza Re di Roma, which becomes an ice skating rink, surrounded by traditional stalls.

The square is cut through by the Appia Way, which in ancient times connected Rome to the port of Brindisi, in Apulia on the way to Greece and the Middle East.

The area is a shopping district, and the portion of the Appia Way from San Giovanni Gate to the Alberone has plenty of shops of all kinds: clothing, shoes, home wear and even high fashion. In this area you can find many restaurant, bistrot, supermarket and everything you need.

The market of Via Sannio is a special place worth a visit, Romans love to indulge on the stalls to find the best and cheapest deal. You can find anything from vintage clothes to camping or fishing equipment.

It is in minutes walking from Casaraffaella.

The 1st of May is a bank holiday and in San Giovanni square, right in front of the basilica, the biggest recurring event of Rome takes place every year: the Labour Day Concert, which is an all-day free live music festival, and it hosts almost all the relevant Italian pop acts and features some international rock star.

Transports; the nearest underground stations (within less than 5 mins walking from the apartment) are in Piazza re di Roma and in Piazza San Giovanni, and in 5 stops you can reach the Spanish Steps without changing line.

Several buses connect the area to all other parts of Rome and they run all day and all night.

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Review 1-9 of 9

27 Apr 2013


"Excellent location"

My wife and I spent part of our Honeymoon in Solange's lovely apartment. The apartment is excellently located for any type of visit to Rome. Close to a metro and close enough to even walk to vari… More

Hello Werner and wife!!!
thanks, for your kind reviews.
i hope to host you again.
you are been perfect guests.
good luck for eveythings

17 Feb 2013


"Very convenient home in Rome"

This apartment is well located. You can walk to the Colosseum in about 20 minutes. The metro line that takes you directly to the main sights such as Vatican City and the Spanish Steps and Rome Termi… More

17 Feb 2013


"Pleasant stay in Rome"

We had a great time in Roma thanks to the apartment too. The location is very convenient, close to public transportation and shops if you do self-catering. The apartment is cosy and quiet, good price for good value, therefore I recommend it for your stay in Rome.

19 Nov 2012


"nothing lacked in this appartment"

Very nice stay. The owner was nice. Everything you need is in this flat (even wireless). Situation is good, and facilities (pharmacy, grocery store, fruit store, bakery...) are just accross the street.
Nothing to complain about :)

31 Oct 2012


"Quiet haven for family visit to Rome"

Casa Rafaella provides a compact holiday retreat, ideal for 3 people, but sleeping up to 5 through use of a sofa bed in the main living / bedroom. Looking out into the courtyard, the fllat is perfect… More

25 Oct 2012


"Excellent base to stay in Rome."

Stayed for 5 days at Solange's apartment and me nad my wife were very satisfied with the accommodation and facilities within it.
Ideal for a couple on a budget and only 15 mins walk from the Colloseum and the historic centre.
Also ideal to get away from the tourist area of Rome in the evening and just chill in one of the local bars and restaurants without all the hassle.

6 Oct 2012


"A lovely stay in Rome."

I stayed at Casa Raffaela in August and was absolutely delighted. I was travelling alone for the purposes of study, as well as sightseeing, and wanted somewhere away from the crowds and noisy nightlife, but close enough to the sights and transport links to be able to get everything done. Casa Raffaela served this purpose admirably. The flat itself is delightful; built, I believe, in the early part of the 20th century, it is part of a large, but very quiet block of flats on the Via Britannia. There is a balcony from the kitchen, which overlooks a courtyard with other flats and balconies opposite. However, in spite of this there was almost no noise, and there was never a sense of being overlooked. I used the balcony a lot in the evenings when the sun had moved around - it shines directly onto the balcony during the day, something which might be uncomfortable if you have that all the time, but coming from cold, cloudy England, it just made being in the flat even better!
There is a well equipped kitchen (I cooked all my evening meals there), a lovely bathroom, a single bedroom, and a large lounge with a settee, television, very large wardrobe, and large double bed. This room also has air-conditioning, so you can escape the heat of the afternoon, or have a cool night's sleep, if you need too, although the flat is quite cool anyway, with tiled floors and thick walls. There is also free Wi-Fi. There were no hidden extra costs.
The block is on a quite quiet main road, although from the flat you can't hear any traffic. Across the road there is a small, but adequate supermarket, opposite that, a greengrocers and fruiterers, and at the other end of the block a delicatessen/bread shop. There are a couple of cafes right on the doorstep if you want a cold beer at the end of the afternoon, before going back up to the flat. There is a metro station about 5-6 minutes walk away, and from there in another 10 minutes you are at Termini station. You can walk to S. Giovanni in Laterano in 10 minutes, and from there to the Colosseum in another 10, so even though it seems well away from the crowds and bustle, it is still very easy and quick to get there.
Solange herself is a lovely lady, with a nice relaxed and trusting manner. The booking and all the arrangements were done in a friendly way, and as I say, once I paid the rent, there were no additional costs. Solange even let me stay a little longer before checking out on my last day, as my flight was not until later in the afternoon.
I had a great time out in Rome during the day, and it always felt nice coming back to the flat in the evening, cooking my meals, reading on the balcony, watching the bats fluttering in the dusk, and hearing brief snatches of Italian conversation wafting through the air. If I return to Rome, which is highly likely, I shall stay again at Casa Raffaela. Grazie Infinite!

19 May 2012



Our stay here was Fantastic. It was within all the site seeing we wanted to do. Easy to get around. The accommodation, Fantastic , it was not large, but still had plenty of room to spread out. Bathroo… More

16 May 2012


"Home from Home - no Hotel needed"

What a perfect place to stay!

Having been to Rome before we werent worried about not being opposite a tourist attraction so were sold on the charm of the apartment.

The apartment is a leisurely 10min stroll to the nearest metro station which gets you to all the sights in mins. The area around the apartment has the real Italian feel as it is that step away from the tourist areas, we loved the bar in the square and often found ourselves being drawn back there instead of going into town :)

When we were in Rome due to the construction of the C line the Metro was closed for a day and would close early in the evening however we found that the Colosseum was nearer than we thought and walked back on foot.

The apartment itself was a blessing - it was 26/28c every day and the rooms were always cool. Everything you need is in the apartment even very good WIFI and Solange even provided some treats for us to eat on arrival. Solange is a lovely lady and made us welcome.

We stayed in a hotel on our first trip to Rome but staying at Casaraffaela meant we could get up for breakfast when we wanted, try and cook local produce, and overall feel part of Rome itself.

Would highly recommend this charming apartment to anyone whether it's your first visit or tenth.

Review 1-9 of 9

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Solange M.

  • 3 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:12 Aug 2014

Based in Italy

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