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Upon arrival we were met with a very warm welcome, despite it being very late, with pizza, food and drinks for the next morning. Driving upto the house past the wine cellar and olive trees you get a pleasant surprise as to how big Manfredo's home is. The next day we explored the tennis courts, gardens, tintello, wine cellar and olive grove. The house is spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need, bottle opener, electric socket convertors, books on local area as well as reading, maps, sharp kitchen knives, games for the kids... It really has been a home from home. We had a thunderstorm which blew out the electric, but this was resolved quickly and we were kept informed all along, it wasn't just us it was the whole street. The location to Rome is about 25/30 minutes away from the local station into Rome termini, but check the timetable as we missed one and had quite a long wait for the next one, but the parking was free. In the surrounding area there are some amazing places, palestrina, tivoli, ostia and of course Rome. I do recommend a car whilst there. We drove down to the amalfi coast with a few stop offs on the way, about 2.5 hours drive. The shops are nearby to the house and sell everything you'll need, except calpol, antihistamine paracetamol etc.. Which we'd been advised to take before hand as can be expensive when found.
We enjoyed the local take away pizza shop on more than one occasion
This home is perfect if you've got children and cannot be out everyday as there is some much for them to do at the house, swimming, tennis, swings, slide, ping pong, big gardens and skipping the list goes on and because its gated both ends of the garden it's safe. The kitchen inside is very adequately stocked with cutlery, crockery, pans and cooking utensils. It has a fridge freezer, electric fan oven, gas hob, dishwasher, toaster, dual sink and washing machine in the utility toilet room. There is 3 big double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 2 bathrooms upstairs and 1 down, with a utility room that also has a toilet and sink
There is a pizza oven in the front of the house, but we did not get time to use this, there was also a bbq avail if we wanted. There is plenty of outdoor furniture, tables chairs and sun recliners.
I can honestly say that our only fault with this wonderful home from home is you have to leave it..... But hopefully we will be welcomed back in the future where we will be able to enjoy all that is available again.
We enjoyed a week in August exploring Rome with our two teenage children. There is so much to do and see, we were spoiled for choice. We spent two days in Rome and opted to get the train and metro which was really easy. The train station in La Giustiniana is only a 5 minute drive from the house and the centre of Rome only a 25 minute train ride. A family ticket for the train and metro all day was only €12. A car is essential and on the other days we visited a lake, beach and the port at Ostia. The house has a great pool and it was very welcoming returning from a days sightseeing for a cool dip.
The accomodation is a self contained annex as part of a larger house. The house is fantastic and the annex is very private and extremely well equipped and spacious. The owners were really welcoming and helpful providing useful recommendations for the best places to visit and eat out and even a few tips on the best local wines.
Overall, this is a great place to stay and explore Rome and its surroundings. A very peaceful location and perfectly placed to see the city and also enjoy quieter days by the lakes or on the beach. There is tennis nearby and plenty of golf courses which if we'd been there longer I would have squeezed in a round or two. We will definitely stay again if we return to Rome.