Penthouse Perfection near the Pantheon
Submitted: June 21, 2012
Stayed: May 2012
My one-sentence, highest recommendation is that the two of us loved the Via Gesu apartment so much that the day we returned home, we booked the apartment for the same time next year.
This sentence doesn’t tell you why, so let me explain. This two-story apartment would be special in any location, but where it is located makes it extra-special. From its two large terraces, balcony and many windows, you have four exposures—west to the sunset over the domes of St. Peter’s and the wedding-cake spiral of Sant’Ivo, southwest to the dome of the Pantheon, north to the clockface on the Collegio Romano, and east to the Quirinale and the dome of the Gesu. You can gaze out from your terraces, watch the sea gulls and meditate on how all of the centuries-old buildings fit together like a giant, three-dimensional mosaic.
When you wake in the morning you can take a few steps into the Via della Pigna to have a caffe latte and a freshly baked cornneto at Café Ge-Mi. By your second day the woman at the register will know your order. Here you can see neighbors (and their dogs) who live and work nearby in a precise ballet that takes place while you sip—in, drink an espresso, out. You can have a simple and delicious lunch each weekday at Enoteca Corsi on the ground level of the building with a lively mix of neighbors and workers who descend in a frenzy just after 1 p.m.
You will be able to walk everywhere in the centro storico from the apartment and return after lunch for a read of the International Herald Tribune and a nap. The tranquility of the setting inspires a leisurely pace--each day a mixture of a museum, a stop at a bakery for a fresh torta rustica for dinner, a gelato, shopping for shoes, a Campari and soda, a leisurely dinner watching the sun set over St. Peter’s dome and the moon rise over the Quirinale and a quiet night's sleep.
Your way in this sixteenth-century building will be made smoother and safer by the exceptionally friendly and helpful portiere, Luca. The apartment is spacious and is comfortably furnished with two long couches in the living room, a sound system, SKY TV and a compact, well-equipped kitchen, & 3 full baths. (And you will be able to say that you gazed at the dome of the Pantheon while washing dishes.)
Rome offers the perfect mix of culture, walking and people watching, shopping, and food; a stay in the Via Gesu penthouse offers the perfect location and ambience to enjoy the best of Rome.
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Owner's Response: We are especially pleased when our guests appreciate the apartment for all the things we love about it.
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