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Divina Misericordia is a lovely, modern, sunlit, three-room apartment certified as a 'casa vacanza' (vacation house) by the tourist office of the city of Rome. Located on the top floor of an architecturally-interesting Mussolini-era building on tree-shaded Via Andrea Doria, in the Prati neighborhood, the apartment lies just beyond the crowded tourist area but is still only five blocks from the entrance to the Vatican Museum and only .8 mile to the Basilica of Saint Peter.
The 55 square meter (approximately 592 square feet) apartment has a bedroom with a bed larger than a queen (170 centimeters in width)and a wardrobe big enough to hold the clothing of five short-term guests. The living room has a flat screen tv (Italian stations only), a desk with a scanner, printer and paper, a double sofabed, and an armchair and two ottomans, all three of which convert to single beds. The whole apartment has secure wireless internet access; we will give you the password.
There is a separate modern kitchen with a table that seats four. All the rooms are very bright. The living room and bedroom have large windows, and the kitchen has window walls and a glass door; shutters in the bedroom and living room and venetian blinds in the kitchen insure privacy when you need it. From the kitchen, you can reach the 30 square meter terrace, with a charcoal grill and a table for four with an umbrella. The terrace faces west for amazing sunsets and overlooks the quiet and green inner courtyard and the rooftops of Rome.
The Cipro subway stop, from which you can quickly reach the main tourist areas of the city, is only three blocks away. There is a cabstand at the end of the block and a bus stop just outside the apartment; you will find a map of Rome public transportation in the living room. We can also put visitors in touch with an absolutely reliable, knowledgeable, friendly and English speaking car service. For not much more than the cost of a cab, Roberto will meet you inside the arrivals terminal at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. He also offers tours around the city. The very best way to see Rome is by walking, and anyone in decent shape can take easy, leisurely walks to most of the major tourist sights.
The area is well served by restaurants and supermarkets. The Mercato Trionfale, a huge covered farmer's market, is a block and a half away. There farmers sell fresh buffalo mozzarella and other local cheeses, fresh pasta, all kinds of meat and fish, and the very freshest seasonal vegetables.
The apartment is on the fifth (American sixth) floor and has no elevator. We have adjusted our rates to reflect its inaccessibility to handicapped people. We recommend not bringing a lot of luggage. We consider the walk up the stairs a good fitness builder and the serenity of being on the top floor, just under the condominiale roof where people hang clothes to dry, is more than worth the exertion required.
We are Americans who live in the US when we are unable to be in Rome. We check our email compulsively and will probably respond to your questions, both before and during your time in our apartment, within an hour, certainly within a day. We love telling people about Rome.
This apartment is a wonderful choice for tourists oriented towards the art and religious heritage of Rome, for scholars doing short-term research at the Vatican, for Catholics attending conferences or celebrating religious holidays, for parents visiting children studying in Rome, and for people with children old enough to sleep in a single bed. There is a small park across the street, with children's seesaws, and a tiny park with a carousel and moon bounce about two blocks away..
This is definitely not an apartment for those who are coming to Rome to party. Our neighbors are friendly and nice but quiet people who live in the building all year long. Just say, 'Buon giorno' or 'Buona sera' when you meet them, and they will be happy and kind.
By following the link at the bottom of this page, you will reach a website dedicated solely to the apartment. It contains details, videos, and reviews of previous guests.
Keywords: condo, condominium, Vatican, Vatican Museum, Metro Cipro, Metro Ottoviano, St. Peter's, Prati
The responsible person should be 21 or older. Our building is home to Roman families and single people, many or them older. We expect our guests to be considerate of them, which means quiet....moreless
We have no crib. Older children are welcome. Please keep food in the kitchen....moreless
Non Smoking Only
Dogs have stayed in the apartment, and a generally quiet small dog lives in the apartment underneath ours. Obviously no one with a dog allergy will go. We will be glad to consider your pet, as long as he or she is well-behaved....moreless
Queen size Beds (1) the bed is actually larger than a queen bed (170 centimeters) but not as large as a king., Sleep Sofa or Futons (3). All linens included. Extra comforters, blankets, etc. are in the armadio (closet-sized wardrobe) in the bedroom. ...moreless
Towels included. If they are not out, you can find them in the armadio (closet-sized wardrobe). Please conserve energy. Hang and reuse your towels, rather than getting more out of the closet. There should always be toilet paper in the cabinet in the bathroom. Let us know if you don't find it. There are usually things like shampoo, etc. that previous guests or we have left. Please feel free to use these. ...moreless
We provide more information and help with necessities like booking than any hotel or bed and breakfast. We and our Roman assistant are available by phone and email to solve any problems or answer any questions very quickly....moreless
There is a shelf of Rome guidebooks and maps to the right as you enter the apartment. There is a small library of books, most Catholic themed fiction or theology....moreless
We are located four blocks from the entrance to the Vatican Museums and .8 mile (an easy walk) from the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. The Cipro Metro Stop is about three blocks away....moreless
There is an eat-in kitchen with a table and four chairs. On the terrace there is another table with four chairs....moreless
Not guaranteed, but you will usually find at least salt and pepper, some spices, sugar, and dry pasta....moreless
To turn on the burners, turn on the gas, using the lever on the wall. Turn gas off when not using. To light, push down on the dials while turning, hold down a short time after flame appears....moreless
No toaster, because toasting would spoil the great Italian bread you can buy at Mercato Trionfale a block and a half away....moreless
We have a large private terrace, with picnic table. ...moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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The apartment is located in Prati/Trionfale, a residential area very near the Vatican, within easy walking distance. The neighborhood is full of restaurants and cafes. Mercato Trionfale, a huge covered market with farmers, butchers, fish mongers, cheese makers, and small shops selling just about anything you could want, is a block and a half away.
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: We are a retired American Catholic couple in our early seventies. We have visited Rome many times, always feeling drawn back to its churches, museums, relics, and ruins. We finally decided to buy our apartment so that we can live in Rome about three months each year. We also love introducing people to this great city and have made it our mission to introduce the city to people who might otherwise never go. We hope they will come to love it as much as we do.
Why the Owner Chose Vaticano (St. Peters & Vatican): We bought in the Prati district because it is close to the Vatican, near the city's center, yet is a real neighborhood, where Romans live. We also like the fact that the neighborhood is relatively quiet, in fact very quiet, given its location in the middle of a big city.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: We love the ability to walk to the Vatican, where we can attend Mass any day we like or just sit in the piazza and people-watch. We also love being within walking distance of the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, where nuns from St. Faustina's order lead a perpetual novena to the Divine Mercy every day at three. We love being able to walk almost anywhere in Rome, including the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, the Colosseum and the rest of ancient Rome. We love being near public transportation to take us to these places when we don't feel like walking or to take us quickly and inexpensively to places further out, like Ostia Antica. We love our neighborhood's excellent restaurants and shops where we can buy absolutely anything we need. We love being able to come back to a peaceful, luminous and most comfortable apartment, with all the amenities we could wish, an apartment that we have chosen ourselves.
Speaks: english, I can read and write Italian, French, Spanish