|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
In the heart of ancient Rome, a few steps away from the Pantheon and the Fontana di Trevi. The building's strong points are: the distance to the main monuments of the area, availability of services (bank, supermarket, tourists’ information, etc), transportation (taxi/bus) as well as security, due to its location within the governmental area, half way between the House of Representatives and the senate.
My husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandkids, Sasha and Jack had a very nice experience staying in one of the Fabbri's apartments on Via del Seminario within sight of the magnificent Pantheon. We could look out our living room windows, down the narrow lane and see the columns of the Pantheon. It was a very convenient location for walking all over historic Rome. Gian Fabbri, our host, was very helpful and accommodating. The apartment was comfortable and clean and well maintained. I would definitely recommend it to friends or relatives.
I've rented a lot of apartments in Europe, but this place is huge! It's 100 feet from the Pantheon! And it comes with Gian Giacomo! We had a ton of questions before arriving, and we were traveling with older aunts who had some "special needs" once we got there; he handled everything with wit and charm. He responded quickly, even down to a hairdresser appointment in the neighborhood. He knows the Centro Storico like the back of his hand, and his restaurant suggestions were all winners, especially the one just 2 doors down. Overall, we were VERY happy. The place is not luxurious; it's modern and efficient, exactly as described. We were in the 2nd floor apartment, so yes there's a lot of noise from the via del Seminario below, mostly from street sweepers, recycling trucks, and scooters (not a complaint; we wanted accommodations in the Centro and I love that Rome is NOT a calm, quiet city! And that it's kept very clean.) The front bedroom requires earplugs for sleeping but the two back bedrooms were silent. The lift is tiny compared to ours in the States; it handled us and our bags just fine every day as well as our luggage. The house was clean, the water was hot, and GG made sure we were warm (December.) The kitchen is streamlined but all the basics are covered; we cooked breakfast at home every morning, there's no Mr. Coffee but the Biagletti was great for a quick espresso (go for the EXCELLENT caffe nearby at either San Eustachio or Tazza D'Oro, easy groceries at the Coop 2 blocks over, great meats and cheeses at the Antica Salumeria on the piazza, plenty of wine and gelato nearby, and if you're up for an adventure, go hunting for produce and terrific bread at Campo dei Fiori a few blocks southwest.) We washed our clothes and hung them on the rack to dry, the kitchen sink has no hot water, however there's a dishwasher next to it and a great electric kettle. There's a TV in case you get bored (yeah, right!) Personally, I had no problem with the wi-fi; it's not lightning fast but it ain't dial-up. This apartment had everything we needed and more and I'd recommend it! Grazie Gian Giacomo! We all loved our visit!
This apartment is in a wonderful historic location, so nice to walk by the Pantheon several times a day, but that also means it is tourist heaven. The apartment itself is very spacious but somewhat grim. The photos are a bit misleading. Our four nights were OK; the host was patient as we were late in arriving due to returning a rental car (don't return a rental car to the train station!) and he found us great transportation back to the airport.
We choose this apartment for its location and it didn't disappoint! The Pantheon Piazza was like our backyard and where we ended each day with a glass of wine! The apartment was spacious, clean and comfortable. The owners are onsite and after a few small corrections by our wonderful host Gian, we had everything we needed for a great week! The cobblestone streets of this neighborhood were quaint with restaurants and bars at every turn. We walked to ALL the major sites since they are all within a mile or so from this apartment. Open the windows to the street and you get the feeling you are part of the community.....the nightly walks fill the air with commotion and excitement! Loved it and would certainly stay here again in the future!
We stayed here for 8 nights with my wife, 5yo daughter, 16 month old son and my mother. The location was perfect. Right in the centre of everything. All of Romes major attractions are within a ten minute walk. And the Pantheon is literally only a few steps away. This meant we could easily return during the day for our sons nap or to drop off shopping.
The apartment is very spacious, well appointed and clean. Travelling with 2 young children and my mother, having space was important. We ate a few nights at home and the full kitchen was great.
GianGiacomo was the perfect host. He was always available with advise and help with whatever we needed.
We definitely recommend this apartment for your stay in Rome.
The positives: The apartment is huge. Really huge. The location could not be better in terms of convenience - you are literally a twenty minute walk from practically every single thing you'll want to see in Rome. The apartment management was terrific to work with, and extremely responsive to any questions and issues that we had -- we were answered almost immediately, always pleasantly, and our problems were handily solved.
The negatives: While the location IS convenient, it's also smack in the middle of Tourist Central - so, loud (street noise does carry directly into the apartment, although the bedrooms were quiet enough), and if you want to get a decent meal nearby, you'll really have to do your homework ahead of time and reserve early. The air conditioning units are located only in the bedrooms, and are relatively feeble (cool enough in the rooms in question after they had been running all day, but useless for cooling the rest of the apartment), so you will almost certainly have the windows open despite the street noise. While the apartment was generally clean, their was a distinct odor in the kitchen (we had to keep the kitchen doors closed during the length of our stay) and the bathrooms need to be updated (as a previous poster stated, the shower rod falls repeatedly in one shower, which also contains a mildewy shower mat; the other shower is the size of a phone booth, and also doesn't have a place to put soap or shampoo, neither of which is provided by the owner). Also, as others have mentioned, there's no dryer - rendering the washing machine fairly useless in the summer humidity - and the wifi is spotty (seems fine if you're in the same room as the router, otherwise not great).
That being said - if you're spending a lot of time indoors in Rome, you're doing it wrong. And as a platform for getting out and exploring the city, this apartment is pretty great. Just go into it with slightly lowered expectations.