My husband and I - older but physically active and capable, together with our son, stayed at the apartment and loved every bit of it. Our son was with us for only 4 of our 12 day stay, after which time a friend joined us for 6 days.
The bedrooms were comfortable, private and charming. The baths were clean and well appointed and the entire apartment was warm and welcoming. The few questions we had were promptly and successfully addressed.
We walked all over Rome, which was our intent, and were greatly aided by the nearby bus stop for the 87 and other buses. Public transit is alive and well in Rome. We shopped for groceries at a near-by supermarket (good deli/bakery section) and also enjoyed small outdoor markets. I cooked in the small but well-provisioned kitchen. Many restaurants of all types, some quite good: Da Luigi, Armando del Pergola (lunch), Hosteria Farnese, La Felice in Testaccio, places on and off the via Cavour. The Domus Aurea is close but regrettably is closed for renovation. The fora are close by, the Capitoline, the Palatine and Aventine easily reached on foot.
I would go back in a minute and finish our walks - we didn't make it to Ostia, nor to a long walk on the Via antica Appia - next time! We did walk a lot of the wall sections, inside and out, enjoyed the Piazza Navona and environs and the Pantheon neighborhood - which has the estimable Giolitti gelato shop and the Tazza D'Oro coffee shop and loads of wonderful small shops. We loved walking/sitting in the Piazza Farnese. Reaching these places presented no problems, and it was our practice to spend the day out walking, return home for rest and a drink, and then to go out again for dinner.
A very tiring day was spent at the Vatican trying to find a simple way to see the Sistine Chapel. The walk around the Vatican walls seemed endless and that was only the beginning. While the Sistine Chapel and the varioius bits of the museum that we saw were well worth the effort, one felt overwhelmed by the countless souvenir stands,all selling the same things. Maybe in the summer the visitors are so numerous that they feel they have to do it this way, but for someone who simply wished to see the chapel it's pretty awful. But we always had the apartment to go back to and to enjoy. I recommend it highly to couples or families and others who enjoy feeling at home in a neigborhood - and what a neighborhood!!
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