Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
IDEAL for family of 6/7 people or three couples - the Galleria offers luxury accomodation with spectacular roof terrace
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This grand apartment is ideal for large families or friends wishing to enjoy their vacation together. It is located in the heart of old Rome - the "Centro Storico" in the area of Monte. It is situated in between the Quirinale Palace, the prime ministers7president residence and the Colloseo. It is within ten minutes walk to both as well as the Forum and Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The Via Veneto is also easily reached on foot. This area remains one of the few parts of room to truly retain the unique atmosphere of an age gone by... it is filled with small galleries and shops with the work of artisans. It also offers a fabulous selection of restaurants and bars to suit every need.
The apartment is light and has fabulous painted panelled ceilings dating from the 17th century with orginal terracotta floors.
The apartments is comprised of three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a large dining room kitchen which can accomodate up to ten people. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, the second bedroom a queen size bed and the third bedroom two single beds with a mezzanine sitting area.
The apartment is graciously decorated and guests will enjoy the fully furnished kitchen catering to serious cooks. There are numerous open air markets where visitors can buy wonderful fruit and vegetables. There is also an option to use the breathtaking roof terrace which can seat 8 people for outdoor dinners and lunches.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ostia or Fregene (30 minutes by local train) or th|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Fiumicino, Ciampino, all internation airlines fly, Nearest railway: Termini - all trains arrive and depart from here|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Lazio region
Lazio is the center of Italy and Rome the capital of Italy
We are 30 minutes by taxi from either Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport (All internation flights plus Easyjet and Ryan Air)
Termini Station is a ten minute walk
Both open air tour busues and standard buses are a two minute walk from the apartment on via Nazionale. Also a taxi rank. Guests can walk everywhere as we are in the heart of the city BUT shoudl you prefer buses all leave from Via nazionale.
we can arrange to have guests colllected from either airport.
I can arrange tours for all levels of interest including private palazzi or the Vatican Museum
We offer a guest letter which is very informative with not only practical numbers and addresses but also recomendations for restaurants, day trips and walking tours.
There is a supermarket around the corner and more imortantly one of Rome's BEST ICECREAM shops just down the road off via delle Boschetto.
The openn air markets of Campo di Fiori and Piazza Vittorio are a 12 minute walk.
Views over Rome can be savoured from the Roof Top Terrace with the Colloseum in close proximatey.
Trains to Naples and on to Capri take 1 hours and 30 minutes
Trains to Florence 1 hour 30 minutes
Day trips to the Tivoli Gardens by car 30 minutes
The Hilton Swimming pool 15 minutes
Ostia Antica 30 minutes by local train
Frascati and Castel Gondolfo the summer residence of the Pope is) 30 minutes on a charming and small local train up through the hills and vineyards of Frascati with wonderful sunset views over Rome.
The possibilitiies are endless and we will make every effort to be helpful with any needs of our guests.
Monti is one of the best kept secrets of Rome while much of the rest of the city has been moslty highjacked to venues for day trip tourists. Monti is rich in its ability to still maintain much of the old atmosphere and character of this ancient city. A very helpful article which recently came out in the New York Times Travel section will help guests to explore the area even before the set foot on Roman ground- The link is:
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In Rome, Monti Is a Quiet Treasure
Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
On the set of a movie being filmed in Monti, Rome's first ward.
By SUSAN SPANO
Published: July 1, 2011
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PEOPLE sometimes wander along Via Panisperna in Rome realizing they are lost, but not fretting about it. The view is divine from there, a slice of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore sandwiched between 19th-century apartment buildings, dilapidated palazzos, the elevated Church of San Lorenzo in Panisperna and stores like Macelleria Stecchiotti, a butcher shop selling some of the best meat in Rome. The owner, Pietro Stecchiotti, a neighborhood notable nicknamed “Pol Pot” for his occupation and ardent Communist politics, claims to have planted the vines that drape across Via Panisperna in front of his shop, framing a quintessentially Roman streetscape.
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Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
A gathering at the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, which draws everyone from children to chatty grandmothers.
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Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
Perusing a cafe menu.
This is Monti, Rome's first ward — or Rione I, as marble street markers installed in the 18th century say — tucked between busy Via Cavour and Via Nazionale, east of the Forum. If not as well known to tourists as districts like Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona, it is arguably more Roman: a working-class neighborhood in the heart of the historic center, gentrifying around the edges. It is a place where a knife sharpener still makes monthly rounds even as young entrepreneurs are opening artsy bookstore-cafes, vintage clothing shops, organic markets and galleries.
To spend time here is enough to make a tourist dream about chucking it all and moving to Rome. It happened to me. I once stopped along Via Panisperna and never forgot it. When I decided to move to Rome in 2007, I found an apartment down the hill on Via Baccina, which runs for a few brief, beguiling blocks between the Roman Forum and the endearing little Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, the neighborhood's gently sloping, cobblestone-paved living room, where children play soccer after school, 20-somethings smoke while talking on cellphones and grandmas sit together, comparing notes about the remarkable occupants of their baby carriages.
The fountain in the middle of the piazza is a simple, two-tiered Renaissance affair with a few leering grotesques and a constantly flowing spigot from which the dogs of the district drink pure Roman water. April brings a festival to the diminutive piazza, I found, with free Italian oompah music, fava beans and jug wine. When a well-known local vagrant died last year, a homemade shrine with candles and handwritten eulogies appeared on the square.
Imagine what a pleasure it was to move into the neighborhood, to buy dish towels and window boxes in a cramped casalinghi — selling everything from toothpaste to rat traps — especially when I discovered that the stalwart Roman matron who owned the store lived in an apartment across Via Baccina from me. In the morning we discussed the excellent health of my geraniums from window to window, she in her housecoat, me with my watering can.
When I moved back to the States last summer, I was only able to do so knowing that I could still return to Monti whenever I wanted. In April I did and found almost everything the same, if not better.
At Da Valentino, a small, old-fashioned trattoria on the Quirinale Hill side of Monti, the same good-natured waitress handles all the tables, packed with bank and government ministry workers at midday, when a single pasta dish is offered; meat and chicken dishes are far more popular, with an oil-oozing plate of grilled scamorza cheese as a starter.
From there a post-prandial passeggiata down Via del Boschetto is in order, with stops at little design and décor shops like Tina Sondergaard for subtly retro, made-to-measure women's clothing; Fabio Picconi who cunningly reworks vintage costume jewelry; and Le Nou, new to the neighborhood this year, where two recent university graduates, Leila Testa and Eugenia Barbari, sit at sewing machines making cool couture.
Monti is a hive for up-and-coming artisans. There are no Guccis and Pradas here. So when an American Apparel opened a few years ago on Via dei Serpenti, expats drawn to the neighborhood for the same reasons I was read doom in the tea leaves; Monti, they feared, was on the road to ruin like party-central Campo de' Fiori.
Monti is changing, to be sure, but traces of old Monti are everywhere. A few blocks from American Apparel in a packed ground-floor studio on Via Neofiti, Umberto Silo sells bona fide Roman junk — broken picture frames, water-stained lamp shades and old fedoras. He sits in the half-light tinkering with stopped clocks and fans; he makes his meals on a gas burner in the corner. But in his glory days he was a successful boxer who worked out at L'Audace, a basement gym that opened in 1901 on Via Frangipane in Monti. The gym is still there, reeking of sweaty socks, and training champs like Mr. Silo.
Around the corner from Via Neofiti, the doors are almost always open at the Church of the Madonna dei Monti, designed by the 16th-century architect and sculptor Giacomo della Porta. Its congregation comes for Mass in their Sunday finest, and when someone from the neighborhood dies, stores and tavernas close for a few hours so the owners can attend the funeral. One year, around Easter, a parish priest rang the buzzer and offered to bless my apartment.
Monti has managed to retain its lived-in character partly because it's a bit off the beaten path, across the Roman Forum from more popular parts of the historic center. And there are no major tourist attractions on the order of a Pantheon at the district's heart, which is not to say that Monti lacks interesting sites.
Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the city's four great papal basilicas, is on the district's east side. The Colosseum and San Pietro in Vincoli, home to Michelangelo's “Moses,” are to the south. The Scuderie del Quirinale, a museum that mounts important exhibitions like the big Filippino Lippi show coming in the fall, overlooks Monti to the north. The western border is formed by a stout wall along Via Tor de' Conti, butting against the forums of Augustus, Vespasian, Trajan and Nerva.
The wall was built to separate Imperial Rome from Monti, a slum in ancient times known as the Subura. Its pimps and cutthroats are long gone, but visiting the formidable Palazzo Valentini on nearby Via IV Novembre gives a sense of what the district was like. In the cellar of the building, now the seat of the Province of Rome, an excavated villa at the edge of the Subura is on display for visitors. Shortly after the site opened in 2007 I took the tour, which included a computer-generated sound and light show that highlights mosaic floors, fresco fragments and thermal baths while attempting to bring to life the bawdy, roiling, red-blooded world of fourth century A.D. Monti. Audio-video recreations of rioting centurions and a back-street mugging in the Subura might seem cheesy distractions to some, but I found them almost as good as the HBO “Rome” miniseries.
Monti remained a disreputable backwater until Rome became the capital of a united Italy in 1871. Then, wide boulevards like Nazionale and Cavour were laid on its borders, and in the 1930s a whole section of the district near the Forum was bulldozed to make way for Mussolini's grandiose Via dei Fori Imperiali. Four- and five-story apartment buildings financed by real estate speculators drew families back to the neighborhood.
Now the same buildings have been gutted and stylishly redesigned by absentee landlords who replace longtime residents with wealthier expats and Romans drawn back from the suburbs to the historic center. On my visit last spring, I stayed at Palazetto degli Artisti, a budget boutique hotel with cheap but cheerful contemporary furnishing in a 19th-century building on atmospheric Via della Madonna dei Monti.
As everywhere, gentrification has brought conflict, chronicled in “Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome,” by Michael Herzfeld, a Harvard anthropologist. The 2009 study tells the story of rent strikes and ill will between old and new people while depicting the pleasure and fascination of living in Monti, changing though it may be.
Last year about the time I moved back to the United States, a hip-looking bar like those around Campo de' Fiori opened on diminutive Piazza della Madonna dei Monti. Even to me it seemed a worrisome development. But on my return visit the bar was gone and the slightly canted square again belonged to the Roman soccer stars of tomorrow, gossiping grandmas and familiar Monti vagrants.
I sat in a cafe there watching the world of 21st century Monti unfold and talking to Silvano Mazzarella, vice president of the Monti Cultural, Sport and Recreation Organization, a civic club that mounts an Octoberfest in Aldobrandini Park, the district's only green space, perched on a high, walled terrace above Via Nazionale.
When I asked about the bar, he lowered his bushy eyebrows and said a little mysteriously, “Old people did not approve, so some irregularities were found and the place was closed down.” Then, polishing off an espresso, he added, “Monti has changed a lot, but it is still a village.”