We are a family of four, with two young daughters, and we had an absolutely lovely time staying at this apartment for three weeks in July 2014. It suited our family of four perfectly – adequate number of beds and space to spread out, plenty of hot water for showers, and a great kitchen to give us flexibility for times when we wanted to prepare our own meals. And it’s immaculately clean – which I rarely get the chance to say about any place we stay at. The location for us was perfect. Taxis are available very close by on April 21 street, and the metro is located maybe 10 minutes from the apartment. The metro, Bologna, is two stations removed from the main train station, Termini, so using the train for all our sights – near and far – was easy and convenient. Our favorite part of the apartment was the huge patio. You can enjoy the sun in the mornings while sipping coffee, or pull down the cover to be in the shade. The afternoon and evenings are completely in the shade, so we enjoyed reading, playing games or enjoying our own mix of hors d'oeuvres before venturing out for dinner. Speaking of dinner: we enjoyed local restaurants just as much as the restaurants in the touristy areas. This gave us a lot of flexibility and options with our schedule. We enjoyed being close to everything but appreciated being able to retreat to the apartment and get away from the crowds and noise. After wandering around very noisy streets late into the night, we were thankful we had our peaceful apartment that allowed us to get quiet, uninterrupted rest before the next busy day.
The most delightful part of the apartment was Ida and her family. One daughter, Paola, lives in the next apartment, and both she and Ida speak English perfectly. They helped us out by arranging a car upon arrival and departure, and they gave us great advice throughout the weeks when we had many, many questions about the best ways to get to different places. And if everything they did for us during our three-week stay weren’t enough, Paola bailed us out at the last minute when we locked our passports in the apartment as we were leaving for the airport. I won’t go into details, but her valiant efforts allowed us to get to the airport on time. This apartment is absolutely delightful and lovingly handled by this special family. We highly recommend this apartment for your Rome adventure – and beyond!