The other reviews are accurate decent SAFE place at a good price, it has the essentials (AC/TV/WIFI) . You will be busy being a tourist by day (Rome is Awesome) so it is nice to have a place like this to come to at night and get away from the tourists.
Silvio did a great job, he arranged for a van to pick us up from the airport and the same for the return. This was lower cost then calling a cab and we had someone waiting with a sign at the airport. Took a lot of stress out of finding the apartment and arranging to meet.
The area is residential and away from the tourists. Friendly area with good shops and places to eat. You will find that a lot of people have limited English, but they will all work with you.. see tips below for more info.
Tips for staying at this apartment (and some for Rome)
- Money Exchange- Use the post office and your ATM card for the best deal- exit apartment turn left, right, left- post office up the street on the other side.
- Bus Pass- Across from the post office and just up the street you will see a shop- it sells muli-passes 1day or 3day. this gets you on buses, trams, and metro.
- Cell Service- Must have- Wind Service $30eu got me a sim card/1 month service with internet. The internet is very important as you can downoad bus apps and metro apps (recommended). Put the card in at the store and make sure they set the AP settings or you will not get internet.
- Bus/Metro- Exit the appartment, turn right, next right and the bus stop is .1 miles on the same side. Bus 716 to the end drops you in the center of the city (20 min). You can take this bus and a bunch of others a couple stops down and get to the Gabetella Train stop.
Internet apps- You want Google Translate, this is big help if you are in a jam, talk in English it will translate to Italian..and reverse. A must have when traveling abroad.
RomaBus- shows the routes and even shows the arrival times in real time.-
Rome Metro- for the train/subway system
Google Goggles- Take a picture of anything and it tells you all about it. Great when you have no tour guide
- Restaurants- We liked this one the best Ristorante Pizzeria La Torricella 2 Di D'Alfonsi
Circonvallazione Ostiense, 192, They had Enlglish translation on the menu and the food was really nice at a good price. There is also a small restaurant directly across from the entrance to the apartment, it had good food, but no translation. Lots of other places nearby, look where the local's eat and you will not be disappointed.
Supermarkets- Turn left and right and on this street on your right is a nice supermarket, next to it is a nice produce stand. The tall guy in the Deli speaks some English. Warning- These stores are closed on Sunday, so if you dont plan ahead you will be buying from smaller shops with much more limited selections.
Rome- We got the Architectural 1 week Pass, gets you into more places then we had time to visit, purchase these at the information center on the way to the Colosseum and you can skip the long line) If you have not been to Rome Must do are the Coliseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, of course the Sistine Chapel is a must do, we waited in line (moves fast) vs the expensive tours (hounding you while on line). We paid to walk to the top, was a real experience but you need to be in good shape (660 steps some very difficult, narrow, steep every kind of step stairs imaginable in one visit).
Street Vendors- All over Rome, Dont pay asking price, we were getting 50% off in most cases.
Special Treat if you are flying Business class- The Alitalia lounge before you enter security can check you and your bags in. They have a real working flight simulator and pilot, so while you are waiting you and your kids can fly the sim. Great fun.