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Apartment in spectacular villa at the top of the seventh hill in central Rome

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms sleeps 5

This charming apartment is in the picturesque, Villa Habsburg - which stands in the middle of the only remaining orchard within the walls of ancient Rome, and thus in the very heart of today's city. Here you have the dual advantage of a sightseeing holiday, and of relaxing in an Italian landscaped garden, the boundary of which is the Aurelian Wall itself, where you can picnic, swim and rest after a long day's culture. This apartment has balconies, terraces and access to the private garden.

There is an extensive library: you can sit and read in the ancient Roman guard rooms, part of the Aurelian walls that mark the boundary of the orchard. There is a meadow for picnicking at the bottom of the garden, and a park and swimming pool nearby. Baby cots are available. Airport transfers, and a local guide, can be booked . Full instruction leaflet provided.


The apartmenthas incomparable views over the Palatine, Aventine, the baroque statues of St John Lateran, the Roman Baths of Caracalla, and the Appian Way.

All rooms have their own bathrooms

Very often last minute bookings are made at far lower prices assuming that anything is free at the last minute. In early December or late January, for instance, this is often the case . Roman winters are mild. and you miss out on the crowds and can see the museums without queuing for hours

More Details

Member since: 1997
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many, many thanks! We had such a great holiday in Rome, not only due to the magnificence of the city itself but also being able to relax in your wonderful space...gazing up at splendid ceilings,down at beautiful floors or out at gardens which truely inspired me..not to mention beds that were so comfortable, each day we resurfaced ready to walk the streets of Rome yet again!!

We have All thrown coins into the Trevi fountain to ensure our return ..hope you'll have us again one day! *****

Lovely to have met you, Marion.
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in San Giovanni (St. John Lateran) in Rione XIX Celio

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Dialup Access
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Very spacious bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Daily maid service can be made available and may be booked well in advance by arrangement @20 Euros (2012) an hour. This is not included in the rent. It does not include baby sitting or care for elderly persons. The apartment has wheelchair ramp access. We can also arrange wedding or tourist parties for up to fifty persons in the main reception rooms of the villa, with our own cook, and home produce and at extremely competitive prices.Available all year round


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Apartment in spectacular villa at the top of the seventh hill in central Rome
average rating of 4.580645 based on 42 reviews
Fareham, UK

Amazing location, great property

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here at the end of March / beginning of April. The bedrooms are huge and each one has a balcony with lovely views of the city. The balcony for our room was covered in rosemary and jasmine which must smell amazing in the summer.

The apartment also has a large, well-equipped kitchen-diner and a comfortable sitting / dining room. It really is just 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, yet surrounded by beautiful gardens. Nearby shops stock everything you'll need, and there are lots of restaurants within walking distance. Several bus services pass within a couple of minutes' walk, and we found the buses to be regular and reliable.

The owner has left notes around the apartment to help you deal with plumbing, electricity etc. We followed the instructions and had no problems.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2009
  • Date of Stay: March 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want to thank these guests for their kind words;for being so considerate to everyone on the estate during their stay and for leaving the apartment so beautifully. We really hope to have them again one day
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Beautiful Lodge in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

A little late writing this review but really wanted to thank Odile for making our stay so memorable. We travelled with two adults and 4 children one of which is disabled. We stayed in the Piano Nobile for a week and had an absolutely wonderful time.

The villa is stunning without being a five star hotel , the furniture is in keeping with the house, the beds were comfortable , there were quirky elements but that's what meant we loved it.

The views from the apartment we felt were stunning over looking the baths of Caracalla and the gardens gave real privacy. We both walked and bused easily into the centre on Rome.

The kitchen was practical enough and we managed to make simple meals for some evenings and the local supermarkets were only a short walk away.

This location and apartment really made our family holiday special and we'd definitely like to come again ...the kids loved Rome.

Thank you Odile.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was indeed some time ago ,but I see from the notes we keep about all our guests , that these are included among the nicest we have ever had, with an extra remark about how very well brought up and jolly their children were . We will not be forgetting them ! We would love to have them again and are delighted they all enjoyed themselves. Five star hotel...er...not yet , if ever... but the other side to that coin, is that we do not have five star prices But we do apprecitae five star guests like these
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Very special place in Rome

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect and the owners are very nice and helpfull.

The house is very typical (maybe missing some items in the kitchen) and spacious for Rome. I would certainly suggest it particularly during periods of nice weather.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very kind to write a review , we loved these guests, Dutch actually , appreciative and independent We are glad they enjoyed themselves
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Incredible find in the heart of Rome

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited this apartment in early May, accompanying 3 older female relatives on their first trip to Rome. We could not have hoped to find a better place to stay - the apartment facilities were just what we were looking for, and the owner was extremely helpful.

The location of the apartment is excellent - a ten minute walk from the Colosseum, several bus routes running past the front gate, yet set in beautiful and quiet (for Rome!) gardens on a hillside. The driveway up to the apartment is quite steep, but our companions (all retired) managed it several times a day without a problem. The elevation is worth the effort - the view from the balconies across the Caracalla baths is superb.

The apartment itself is quirky in its layout, but charming and only to be expected in a building of this age. The furniture is antique and in-keeping with the Roman feel - not the identikit furnishings of so many modern hotels. The facilities were more than adequate for our 5-day stay, with a well equipped kitchen and plenty of storage space. The free wi-fi was particularly useful in enabling us to find bus timetables and the like.

A lot of information is provided prior to arrival - which may seem overwhelming - but the majority is simply helpful information, and some of the instructions (particularly about the use of keys, and the foibles of the Roman electricity grid) make perfect sense when you arrive.

The owner, Odile, was very helpful during our stay. We were unfortunate to arrive a day before a major fire at Rome Fiumicino airport, and for a while it looked like our flights home may be cancelled. Odile responded very quickly to emails, making contact with the airport and other authorities on our behalf, ensuring we could enjoy our stay without worry.

If you think of the apartment as a home-from-home rather than a hotel, you can't help but fall in love with it. We will certainly be back!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a very kind review If I had been reviewing the guests I would have said the same about them. In fact when their departing flight risked being held up because of the fire at Fiumicino we were of course sorry for the incnvenience to them but as far as we were concerned we would have been quite happy, and offered to, keep them free of charge Lovely guests
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Beautiful apartment, shocking owner

  • 3 of 5

We loved this beautiful apartment, with its gorgeous garden and views. On my return I sent the owner the keys back and enclosed a polite letter thanking her for such a lovely stay, but suggested that maybe she could have fewer - or shorter - notices in the apartment and that the welcoming information in the post before our arrival could be less than the 12 pages we received, as the notes contained plenty of unnecessary information such as what guests in the past had done to damage things, and what would happen if you took the wrong turn in the directions. I was most surprised when she rang me up from Austria when she received the letter to argue with me about it and to tell me that I'd been very silly to write such a letter as I wouldn't be welcome back if I wanted to return! I was offering her some helpful advice on how to make her apartment more welcoming but she couldn't take any constructive criticism and just wanted an argument. Oh and by the way ignore the mention of a washing machine (never saw one and in the copious notes it said that someone could do our washing for 15 euros), and also the dishwasher, which had been disconnected because of some past guests' misdemeanours. I loved this place but the owner's phone call afterwards has soured the trip completely.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest wrote an extremely offensive letter when she returned our keys - with, I am afraid many unjustified criticisms-for instance she said (here as well) that there were too many notices around(she was not obliged to read them ) and then reproached us for not having issued a little booklet of guidelines with various instructions , like, it appears they find everywhere else .I do not understand : they had received , as everyone does , a twenty page sheaf of guidelines with the keys- all with headlines so they could pick out the paragraphs that interested them and leave the others .So I thought, I will ring her and clear that up .She slammed the telephone receiver down almost instantly , so I wrote her a letter listing my replies and thought no more about it . I welcome criticism. Lots of guests have excellent ideas, but this was not- in my view- constructive . I do not need advice like this. It wastes my time. We have thought every aspect of our property through, we have waiting lists and I want to be looking after people not replying to this sort of comment Incidentally it is also nonsense about the washing machine and dishwasher- as our staff (with us for forty years !!!)would confirm we unlock them on request against a refundable deposit of 15€. No indeed we do not want this guest back thank you
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Quiet and wonderful place in the center of Rome

  • 5 of 5

Just impressive and great: once the iron gates crossed, you are in a great typical Romain garden. The Villa, perched on a small mount, brings tranquility, with a magnificent garden. The Piano Nobile is wide, perfect for our group of 5 people, with well decorated and spacious rooms and a large kitchen. In case of trouble or just for a question, you can rely on the welcoming, available and discreet staff.

Bus lines available just after the iron gates and the Coliseum is an interesting 15 mn walk target.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Rome needs little introduction. Good guides are the new edition of Baedekers, in English French or German; and ...hot tip -the new wonderfully reviewed edition of Georgina Masson´s Companion Guide to Rome published in the 1950´s. This has now been revised and added to(2004) by John Fort to considerable critical aclaim from all the best newspapers. In many ways Mr Fort has improved on the original. Well worth buying, paperback about 15 GBP a snip at the price, and many fascinating lesser know places to visit very near us

Golf: Circolo del Golf di Acqua Santa, Roma, telephone: +39 6 780 3407. Handicap certificate definitely required. Possibility of playing July, August and September at 50 Euros per person per weekday; 70 Euros per person per day at weekends. Other months weekdays are open as above; weekends are for competitions only, but everyone is welcome to take part in these. Stunning golf course, surrounded by Roman pines and aqueducts - just at the point described by Dickens in his journey to Italy, where the coachman driving towards the city would raise their whips, point and cry 'Ecco Roma!' A landscaped frequently painted by the English watercolourists, in particular Edward Lear. A Bonus is the attached restaurant which is first class.

Ski: Guest book 2007 I would like to thank you in the name of all the members of our group for the excellent accomodation in the Villa Habsburg. It was a real joy to stay there- (Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin, Oct 2007). The villa was a great find and we loved our time there (Richards Wimbledon Sept 2007). We have had a lovely time and absolutely loved the house and garden. We feel very lucky to have been able to stay there (Guest House 1 Field Reid London August 2007). We had a wonderful time. The acccomoodation was really superb with fantastic views. It was a pleasure to sit on the terrace watching the sun go down whilst enjoying a bottle of wine...bliss..(Piano nobile, Bruce ,Angus June 2007 ). We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Rome. The apartment was ideal and both the housekeeper and the driver were very helpful (Guest House 2, Main Middlesex July 2007). What a beautiful house, we will be recommending it to our friends.(Rankine Portugal Nov 2007).

We can also arrange for wedding receptions of up to fifty guests, with our own cook and home produce in the main rooms of the villa,

at competitive prices ,all year round


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in San Giovanni (St. John Lateran), Rome Province

Rental Basis:
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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £44 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note that these rates are per night and are generally based on occupancy by four persons for one week, not just nightly stays. More or less this comes to between 40€ and 60€ per person per night depending on how many people come and for how long PLEASE NOTE THESE PRICES ARE INDICATIVE AND FLEXIBLE : please contact us for details. For instance if there is a short gap in the bookings exactly when you want to come, it can be less expensive. This owner does not accept the On-line Payments option you will need to pay the owner directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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