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Charming Penthouse with terrace, walking distance from the Vatican

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Rione V Ponte - Charming Giraud

charming restored 16th century penthouse in the heart of Rome with all comforts

The apartment is a charming restored 16th century duplex penthouse in an elegant four-story, four-family building in the center of historic Rome on a tiny quiet street (flanked on one side by 16th century Via dei Banchi Nuovi and on the other by 19th century Corso Vittorio Emanuele with busses to all areas of the city). It is nine blocks west of Piazza Navona and northwest of Campo dei Fiori, and five blocks southwest of 2nd century Ponte Sant’Angelo, Hadrian’s tomb and the Vatican on the other side of the Tiber River. A large doorway leads to the building’s foyer, with five steps up to a wrought iron gate to an elevator for three people. At the apartment’s marble landing, two steps lead up to the apartment, which consists of: a foyer, a fully equipped kitchen, a one-step-down brick-and-wood- beamed cathedral Renaissance-ceilinged and terra-cotta tiled floor living room (with a ceiling fan and a couch that opens to a double-bed), a dining room that seats 6-8, the living and dining rooms open onto a planted terrace (oleanders, olives, lemon and kiwi trees, rosemary, gardenia, etc.) with a dining table and six chairs); down three steps from the living room are a tiny ‘foyer’ and the bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom (one matrimonial with air conditioner and ceiling fan with a marble bathroom with box shower and bidet, the other mansard-roofed with twin beds, a moveable fan and a tiled bath with a tub).

An outdoor stairway leads from the downstairs terrace to an even larger top floor terrace with a catwalk and panoramic views of Rome’s roofs, Castel Sant’Angelo and three lounges for sunbathing. This terrace is also reached by an indoor wooden steep staircase that leads to a small studio.

The apartment has high speed 24/7 Internet access, WiFi, flat screen tv, DVD, dishwasher, washer-dryer, air conditioner in the master bedroom, stereo, American coffee and espresso makers, and full liability insurance.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Charming Giraud
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
28 October, 2016

About Charming Giraud

I am an American born woman of a certain age who was raised in Italy and returned to the U.S. for university and career but never stopped missing Rome. So in 2004, after searching for many many years, I found and purchased my dream apartment in my dream quartiere of Rome, il centro storico. I return each summer for six weeks to get my infusion of Rome before returning to New York City where I live most of the time.

Charming Giraud purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Charming Giraud chose Rome

Because it is a complete little 16th century jewel with all the modern conveniences where I can sit on my terrace, sipping my espresso and gaze at Roman rooftops.

What makes this apartment unique

Too many to list. See description.


based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

Charming Penthouse with terrace, walking distance from the Vatican
average rating of 4.529412 based on 17 reviews

Great apartment and great location

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment for two couples or a family. Easy walk to Vatican, Campo Dei Fiori, Trestavere etc. great breakfast bar, grocery and shopping area right at the entrance. Carolina was great to work with and very responsive. Used the service to and from the airport, and Alessandro was great. Highly recommend Charming Giraud as a place to stay in Rome.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrive a day later than expected due to weather. Our host was more than accommodating and made arrangements with our driver from the airport. I've never been so happy to see someone! After spending 36 hours in an airport and not being able to shower, he was kind and understanding. Apartment was more than we could have hoped for and communication was second to none! Our stay was late August and they were having a heat wave. AC was cool and welcoming after seeing the sights. We had some other guests over before dinner and our apartment was their favorite. Don't hesitate!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Rome Hideaway

  • 4 of 5

I stayed with my two adult children for two nights. The place was as advertised. Charming terrace apt in great location. Comfy in all ways. Managers Carolina and Allan were very easy to deal with and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the location and the gorgeous terrace

  • 3 of 5

We did love our stay very close to public transport and shops. But a few things need to be mentioned, we booked for 6 adults and the sofa bed was broken so one person had to sleep on the floor, not all the lights worked and forget about boiling pasta as the large hot plate didn't work and I had seen that mentioned on a previous post also dont bother with the dishwasher as it doesn't clean the dishes. Also the key to the patio door snapped off in the door and we were questioned whether we had kids that broke it. The fact is this place is old and if it was maintained and things fixed we would have given a better rating. Did not appreciate kids being blamed for an old key snapping off in a door! We were 6 adults and it happened when they left , 3 nights into our 10 night stay. And was not fixed while we there. A pity as it really was such a lovely place

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stefano A - I am unhappy to hear that your visit to Charming Giraud was less than perfect. While it is true that this is a 16th century building in the historic center of Rome, it has all the modern conveniences and to our knowledge everything worked perfectly. More important for you, at check-in our man gave you his telephone number and said you should call him immediately for anything you needed or that did not meet your expectations. I understand you called him days later about the broken key to one of the terrace doors so I’m surprised you didn’t call him about the bed and the lights. Also, you had my telephone number as well so I wish you had called me immediately. As I said, I am sorry your visit was less than perfect but I must admit that I am surprised that the sixth person in your party would sleep on the floor for 11 days rather than call us for help. If you were here I would try in some way to make it up to you somehow. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do in Australia from Rome, except repeat that I am sorry, and hope that your Rome visit was, nonetheless a pleasant one. With all best wishes, Carolina
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Fantastic apartment!

  • 5 of 5

There is a good reason this apartment is named the Charming Penthouse! It is absolutely charming! This was my favorite apartment my 2 cousins and I stayed in during our month in Italy! It was large, clean and comfortable. We loved the roof top views from the large balcony with St Angelo overlooking it all. It was wonderful sitting around the patio table in the evenings sipping vino and eating cheese and olives on this lovely balcony with my cousins! There is another balcony upstairs (even better views) too and a smaller one we used to hang dry our clothes after using the handy washing machine in the unit. The apartment also has a nice large dining table inside, but the weather was so nice we didn't even use it. The two nice bathrooms (one with a tub) were also a plus. It was very quiet at night here, but still close to shops and restaurants, and an easy walk to some of the major sites.(we walked to quite a few sites without even needing the bus) The bus stop is about a block or so away. There are lots of small, cute cafes open for breakfast, fresh OJ and coffee in the mornings. The location couldn't be better for getting around Roma. The apartment has everything you need to be comfortable for a long stay. I didn't want to leave!

Thank you also for arranging for the driver to pick us up at the airport. He was kind to help us with our suitcases to the door and made sure we got into the apartment before he took off.

I recommend this apartment very highly to friends and family who may visit Rome. If I'm lucky enough to get back to this beautiful city, I want to stay here again. We loved it!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for walking distant major tourist attractions in Rome. The apartment was grand and very comfortable for 2 bedroom use. The penthouse terrace was luxurious and all of the amenities were excellent. Alan greeted us at our arrival and he was a wealth of practical information. We were made to feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Rione V Ponte in Rome Province

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Monument View
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf

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