Who can resist a sunny terrace and meals al fresco? The little terrace has a table that can seat 4 people, it's ideal for your morning espresso enjoying the sunshine.
Bright and charming living room in springtime colors, furnished with a comfortable sofa the opens into a queen size sofa bed. The hand painted fresco painting above the sofa uses authentic centuries-old techniques.
Imagine coming home and relaxing here after a busy day of sightseeing. Flat screen satellite TV receives English language news channels.
Living room is roomy and can comfortably seat 5 or more people. Bookshelves are neatly organized with loaner guidebooks, light reading materials, maps and a small selection of English language DVD's.
Comfy upholstered armchair, great place to curl up read a book. The living room is entered through the dining room, seen in the background in this photo.
We like the gracious flow of the apartment, with the living and dining room at the front, overlooking the street 5 floors below. Lots of morning sunshine too.
Sweet Juliette balcony off the dining room overlooks the street. Enjoying looking down and observing passersby.
The direct view from the balcony, dining room and living room is the side and roof of the Pontifical College. Totally private and a nice study in rectangles of Roman ochre walls and weathered roof tiles.
Welcoming dining room which opens to the Juliette balcony is most appealing. Antique round table seats four. Two folding chairs are out on the balcony if you are entertaining additional people. Table is also a good workspace for check your email if you bring your own laptop.
Dining room is straight ahead when you enter the apartment, just past the den-like foyer. Opening to the living room is on the left.
Apartment foyer with a handsome antique bureau and leather campaign chair give the entry area its own special identity.
Foyer as seen from the dining area. Handy wrought iron coat rack in the entry for your jackets. Bedroom door, then kitchen doorway are on the right. Window in the foyer admits lots of light. Front door is to the left.
We've made the most of this small space, which can serve as a little reading nook if you choose. A lamp atop the bureau supplements the overhead light and the natural light from the window.
Buon giorno! How wonderful to wake up in this pleasant bedroom. Queen size bed, windows that face the back of the building, black out shutters for late risers. Opposite the bed is a wall-to-wall closet.
Aquamarine tones in the bathroom renovated in 2011. Large shower with glass wall, sink, toilet. Bathroom is small but well planned and nice to have such a large shower and good water pressure, unusual for Rome. Bathroom adjoins bedroom, two steps up.
Kitchen is at the back of the apartment. It is small but is well equipped and organized.
Kitchen opens out to the terrace.
Sunset magic with a bottle of Prosecco on the terrace while you listen to the church bells toll throughout the city and watch the swallows swoop and soar overhead.
Fontana di Trevi, the Trevi Fountain, is Italy's most famous fountain. A trip to Rome is not complete without stopping at the Trevi Fountain to toss in your coins and make a wish. It's beautiful both day and night. Our favorite time is to stop by early mornings when buying bread at the nearby bakery, when the piazza is nearly empty.
Early mornings a few times a month the Trevi fountain is drained the coins are swept up. It's amusing to watch the proceedings with official police supervision, as well as joking and chit chat among the workers. The money is donated to various Rome charities.
Favorite bakery two blocks from the apartment has freshly baked breads and pastries.
Warm roasted chestnuts sold in paper cones, a longtime winter tradition in Italy
Favorite neighborhood shop that sells a beautiful array of cheeses, dried meat, bread and grocery items. Very convenient since it's a 2-minute walk from the apartment.
Tempting variety of typical Italian foods. Prosciutto and salume hang from the ceiling.
Beautifully packaged gourmet chocolates in the window.
A leather goods stall marks your route back home to the apartment. This is on Via delle Vergine which derives its name from one of the ancient Roman aqueducts that still delivers drinking water to the city.
Gelato is one of Italy's pleasures. The gelato stores tempt on every corner. But don't stop at any gelateria until you get to San Crispino.
Ice cream mecca beckons! Gelateria San Crispino is a Rome treasure and conveniently located in the neighborhood too. Circle back after dinner or for an afternoon stroll to this not-to-be-missed destination.
Artisinal San Crispino ice cream is made with pure ingredients. It's tucked away on a side street, if you have trouble finding it, just looking for the people with the little cups of ice cream. They don't allow tasting and don't offer cones either, these are serious ice cream purveyors. We love the chocolate and the honey flavors.
View from little balcony off the dining room of the street below. White umbrellas below is the outdoor seating area for handy restaurant neighborhood restaurant that serves good pasta and pizza at reasonable prices.
Looking the other way off the little balcony. The North American Pontifical college is the building directly across the street.
Walking the neighborhood is always interesting and often amusing. A bright orange Lamborghini is casually parked curbside.
Take away pizza-by-the-slice is a Rome tradition. Our favorite pizzeria is just a half-block away. Another pizzeria closer to the Trevi Fountain by the bakery is okay, but filled with tourists and not as good. So take our tip and go to this one which is closest to the apartment and caters more to locals. They will warm it for you, perfect to take back to the apartment for an quick meal.
The Galleria Sciarra is very closeby, wonderful architecture and painting from the late 1800s. It is in piazza dell'Oratorio. Wander in and enjoy the Liberty-style frescoes and the echos of a different age.
Frescoes with rich colors depict the life of the day, but also look at the embelishments in the architecture and in the columns and beams, very pretty.
I could see the dinner party on the lower level of this fresco and in the upper level I thought I was seeing the servants upstairs doing the ironing and washing. Finally, zooming in, I can see the "servants" are Patience, Strength and Humility. Well, they could still be the servants!
Detail from the Galleria Sciarra.